– Heartwood Path Waypoint 75 –
Use The Appropriate Eye For Seeing
Modernity differentiates what is Good (morals and religion) from what is Beautiful (art) from what is True (science). These distinctions were all fine and good until they went too far, until differentiation became disassociation. Differentiation is necessary for integration (a process described earlier in our discussion of transcendence) but disassociation can lead to the kind of repression that allowed the Church to prevent Galileo from discussing what he saw through his telescope.
Where there was once (before Modernity) considerations of quality and quantity, disassociation reduces this wholesome coupling to mere quantity. How significant a thing or action may be is replaced with how costly or big a thing may be.
In both science and Modernism, moral considerations of better and worse are replaced with scientific considerations of bigger and smaller. This replacement occurs in the ways we “see.”
For each of these ways to see we have, in effect, different eyes. We use “the eye of the flesh” to see that which we can sense, hold, or feel; we use the “eye of the mind” for mental pictures (images that you see only in your mind); and we use the “eye of contemplation” when we ponder significance, moral meanings, and the relative “rightness” or “wrongness” of things, thoughts, or actions.
Modernity relies almost entirely on the “eye of the flesh”, which cannot see very well in terms of significance. Modernity mainly sees in terms of magnitude. This limited way of “seeing” works well for empirical science and industrial production but not at all for matters of “rightness” and “wrongness.”
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Using The Appropriate Eye To See
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Using The Appropriate Eye To See. With pen and journal in hand, go to an attractive natural area and, in a spirit of appreciation, look around you to find something that is attractive to you. Once you find an aspect of nature that is attractive to you continuously for at least ten seconds, use the optimal functioning you receive along with your continued attraction (which can be thought of as your consent to do this activity with the help of the attractive natural being) to learn to use your triple vision. Pick something to view with your physical eyes (the eyes of the flesh). Determine what this thing is and, if possible, what it contains. Now use the eye of the mind to look within yourself to the seat of your reasoning to determine what, in your imagination, the thing you saw with your eye of the flesh could be. Witness the conversation that occurs in the mind about various options. Last, look that the thing as seen with the eye of the flesh (the thing outside, seen monologically –– without a dialogue –– in the Realm of Exteriority) and the thing as seen by the eye of the mind/reason (the thing inside, seen with a dialogue running in the mind, in the Realm of Interiority) and determine what this thing or mental image ought to be (in the Realm of the Spirit, taking into account more-than individual, more-than-human, transpersonal considerations , inspired by The Absolute Spirit). In other words, determine with your eye of contemplation whether the thing and your mental image of it is right or wrong. Try to see other objects with these three eyes. Write down your impressions in your journal, clearly identifying your use of each of the three eyes--flesh (what is), mind (what could be), and contemplation (what ought to be).
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
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