Our Senses – Sight and our Inner and Outer World

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..


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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6 Responses to Our Senses – Sight and our Inner and Outer World

  1. nrhatch says:

    Good thoughts, Don. “We see the world behind our eyes.”

    If we are in a dark and gloomy place in our mind, that darkness is reflected back to us. If we are full of light and hope and peace and joy, that is what is reflected back to us.


  2. Don says:

    So true Nancy. Thank you for your thoughts.


  3. ladyfi says:

    It’s such a hard challenge at times!


  4. cindy knoke says:

    Also intuitive and perceptive~


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