Have you ever looked at something without really seeing it (or worse, looked at someone without seeing them?). I know I have which led me on a quest many moons ago to sharpen my observational skills. It’s amazing when you are able to see things/people as they are & not as we would like them to be. There’s a lot of power in that simple act alone, and anyone can acquire this skill with just a little practice. Here are a few quotes on this art which I found most illuminating:
We can become anything. That is why injustice is impossible here. There may be the accident of birth, there is no accident of death. Nothing forces us to remain what we were.
We do a lot of looking: we look through lenses, telescopes, television tubes…
Our looking is perfected every day, but we see less and less.
People look without seeing, hear without listening, eat without awareness of taste, touch without feeling and talk without thinking.
–Leonardo Da Vinci
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Perhaps we can see best when we’re looking for the least.
It is impossible to do a thing the way I see it because the closer I get the more differently I see.
If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for the 1000th time, you are in danger of seeing it for the first time.
-G. K. Chesterton
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of our eyes.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you learn something too well, it will get in the way of your perception of reality.
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
A mediocre man copying nature will never produce a work of art, because he really looks without seeing, and though he may have noted each detail minutely, the result will be flat and without character… the artist on the contrary, sees; that is to say, his eye, grafted on his heart, reads deeply into the bosom of nature.
Clarity, insight or understanding, are only possible when thought is in abeyance, when the mind is still. Then only can you see very clearly, then you can say you have really understood … then you have direct perception, because your mind is no longer confused.
Poke that 3rd eye!