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Monday, March 26, 2012

Celtic Wisdom- The Styles of Vision

The human eye is one place where the intensity of human presence becomes uniquely focused and available. The universe finds its deepest reflection and belonging in the human eye. When it opens, it shows that others and the world are outside of us. When you gaze at something, you bring it inside of you. To look at something that can gaze back at you can heal your eyes and deepen your sense of vision. Vision is central to your presence and creativity. There is great beauty to behold in this world when you have a loving eye.
To the fearful eye, all is threatening. When you look toward the world in a fearful way, all you see are things that can damage and threaten you.
To the greedy eye, everything can be possessed. A greedy person can never enjoy what they have because they are always haunted by that which they do not yet possess.
To the judgemental eye, everything is closed in definitive frames. It always excluding and separating, and therefore it never sees in a compassionate or celebratory way. It enjoys neither the forgiveness nor imagination to see deeper into the ground of things where truth is paradox.
To the resentful eye, everything is begrudged. They are always looking out toward others with resentment. The resentful eye lives out of its poverty and forgets its own inner harvest.
To the indifferent eye, nothing calls or awakens. Indifference calls for a great commitment to non vision. When you become indifferent you give all your power away. Your imagination becomes fixated in the limbo of cynicism and despair.
To the inferior eye, everyone else is greater. Others are more beautiful, brilliant, and gifted than you. The inferior eye is always looking away from its own treasures.
To the loving eye, everything is real. This art of love is neither sentimental nor naive. It is the greatest criterion of truth, celebration, and reality. Love is the light in which we see each thing in its true origin, nature, and destiny. It sees through and beyond image and effects the deepest change.

Reference~Anam Cara A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'donohue