I’ve come to understand in a deeper way that looking at, or seeing something, always entails absorbing it, in some way or other, in to our own inner world with its particular prejudices, insecurities and limitations. Because of this our interpretations of what we see become twisted, contorted and defined far too quickly. In the process we see only what we want to see and not what is really there. The amount of pain and anguish this causes just cannot be measured.
True seeing therefore has everything to do with becoming aware of, or seeing and understanding the dynamics of these inner world distortions and deformities and their effect on how we see and define our outer world.
I think once we grasp this, we learn to wait, to receive and to give space to what ultimately reveals itself. We become aware of what is truly “other.” It reveals itself, and in so doing, becomes its own definition, in other words, what it really is, not what we want to see it as.
The challenge is twofold. Firstly, to grow in awareness of those inner distortions which effect our seeing. Secondly, to learn to provide space for that which comes under your gaze, enabling it to unfold and to freely reveal itself as it really is..