I've been taught my whole life long to see with my
eyes, to trust only what I see, to believe
everything that my eyes tell me is true. What a joke
that's become--if I had the chance, I'd fire all the
teachers who ever taught me that (and I'm not talking
school teachers, either!). Too many people want us
to believe that the most important element of our lives is
the observable, yet really, very little could be further
from the truth.
There is so much more to our lives than what we can see
and hear, so much more that we can feel and experience
from our hearts and spirits. This body is a
beautiful and amazing instrument, but it is limited in how
it lets us experience our world. It doesn't tell us
that another person needs comfort, it doesn't feel the joy
of an early-morning walk when the sun is rising, it can't
distinguish between concepts such as compassion and trust
and love and peace and wonder and acceptance. Not
even our brains can do that, as wonderfully crafted as
There is much that is invisible to the eye, but that is
still knowable to the heart. Our realities are not
fashioned by what we see with our eyes, but by what we
feel with our hearts. If we feel that we are poor,
we will create a reality that keeps us poor. If we
feel that we are fortunate, our realities--the ones that
come from our hearts--will be realities that constantly
bring us good fortune.
Don't forget what others have taught you. After all,
there is much of value in it. But do take it with a
grain of salt, and don't believe it fully until you test
it out for yourself. Our eyes are fantastic, but the
world that they present to us is at least half
illusion--what we see isn't always what it there.
That rude and obnoxious man could be a hurting and
sorrowful man. Let your heart do much of your seeing
for you, and you'll discover a new world, right there in
the midst of the one you've always thought you've known.
Why are people so willing to believe that the world is
just what their eyes tell them it is?
How might we go about "seeing" with our
hearts? What would be the benefits of doing so?
Who are the people who have taught you the most?
Thinking very honestly, have their teachings opened up
your perspectives, or limited them?