Thank you for joining me on this journey through different ways of seeing and perception. I hope you have enjoyed the photography, insights and humour. I’ve learnt a lot about how we see the world, and how those of us gifted with sight might use it with more discernment and awareness. I hope I’ve managed to communicate some of that through the small glimpses I’ve shared.
Our seeing, like every way we experience life, is rarely objective. We bring to it angles of memory, story, perspective, bias and our human tendency to see patterns and faces in everything (pareidolia). We’ve thought about how our looking and seeing is influenced by these things as well as by light, colour, and how any two things are juxtaposed. We’ve brought in ideas of hope and potential, and we’ve cultivated our sense of wonder.
I hope we have also learned how prayer affects our contemplative seeing. When we centre ourselves in prayer, something amazing happens to our sight. Jesus offers us the opportunity to close our eyes and learn to see, in the darkness, not as the world sees, but through his own sacred vision. Those who have eyes to see are not looking at detail, but at the truth. It is in this spiritual sense that the Pharisees and religious leaders are the blind leading the blind, for they cannot see further than the ends of the noses they use to look down upon the rest of us. This is why we are told to go into our room and close the door when we pray. The sight and distraction of the world will skew our inner vision. We need to see clearly and to begin with, that happens by seeing the whole.
Once we are familiar in prayer with the essence of God’s kingdom, and our place within it, we can look at the detail and know the larger truth it tells us. We will then be able to extrapolate from a butterfly wing or an ear of corn, or from the breath of a donkey, the goodness, wisdom, beauty, truth and mercy of the Living God. Likewise, when God’s Word is known and revered in our hearts, we shall see it played out before us in the swoop of a sparrow, the flowers of the field and the dance of a flame. The whole picture releases the fragments of sight and vice versa, so that in gazing upon the tiny or the large, we can understand that they are both one and the same. We know then that a microbe is as much a wonder of the universe as any nebula.
I hope you have enjoyed this year’s journey with me and The Eye of Horus. Thank you for coming along for the ride. I do not know yet if there will be a new blog next year. I have a lot of books to write and journaling to collate, and a new weekly blog over at Lakelight Sanctuary. We will see where God’s grace leads. At any rate I will continue to post news here and wish all my readers well, and joy for the coming season.
God bless you, Keren
Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt