No one can deny that light is essential to seeing. That much is apparent. What’s not so obvious is that light is light – not spiritual vs. physical – just light. One light. Plants know this. They look forward to the sun rising the way most of us look forward to our paycheck. And in their heliotropic way, they follow the sun across the sky with unambiguous adoration. They don’t hate the cold; they don’t hate clouds; they just miss the sun, when it’s not there. Hatred and resentment are not in them. The absence of light isn’t evil, it’s just the absence of light.
In considering light, we could talk about spectrums, wavelengths, refraction and reflection, and wouldn’t that be boring. What we need to ask instead is what gets us the way the sun gets the plants? Where is our heliotropism? What turns our head in the course of our day? And I don’t mean instinctually – that’s too easy. Ask anyone what they really want and they immediately shift into low gear, as though that’s the only thing going on. But what if you had all that? What if you had so much of that that you were bored with it? What would you seek then? What sun would you look for? To develop our spiritual sight, we have to go there. Leave bodily concerns to the body. The body knows how to take care of itself. But the Spirit – the Spirit in us has been under a cloud for far too long. And it’s dying to get out.
Spiritual sight is seeing the Spirit in other people. But in order to see it, you have to look through it’s eyes, so to speak. You have to want to see it. The Spirit in you seeks the Spirit in them. All the rest, the physical stuff, the personality stuff, the stuff stuff, that’s all clouds. Those things are the cares of the world. Not much information in that. Not much life – only grasping, lunging, fleeing, and flirting. Those impulses are not what created the world, though many would like to think so. If we focus on those energies, if we try to “see” what’s going on there, then all we see is emotion. If we get good at that, we can read people from an emotional standpoint pretty well. But, we are not seeing Spirit. We are seeing emotion and its currents. This is called psychic sight, and it’s what people who are truly streetwise have in abundance. This is not, or should not be, our goal when we seek to acquire spiritual sight.
There is really only one thing going on in this solar system, and for lack of a better word, let’s call it heliotropism, the irresistible urge to orbit the sun. We all do it. We are all planets, strictly speaking. And in that wonderful way that the very large clones itself in the very small, orbiting is everywhere. Babies and toddlers orbit their mothers, adolescents orbit each other, young adults orbit their mentors, older adults orbit their careers and their families, and old people orbit that for which they have no name. We all seek the Spirit, and anything that provides a link to it holds our attention at the deepest levels of our psyche. We will give anything for it, go anywhere to find it, and listen to anyone who has something meaningful to say about it. It’s what we do.
The sun is in everything, in-forms everything, sustains everything. And the amazing thing about consciousness is that it is like the sun. It shines in all that lives, even those things that live really, really slowly, like rocks. Life is there too. Spiritual sight is seeing life, how it moves, where it moves, and what it’s trying to achieve. Spiritual sight is seeing what’s real, not what’s merely apparent. And all it takes to develop that is to start looking for it. Seek and ye shall find. Knock, and the door will open. But you have to know it’s there. Otherwise, all you see is the stuff of the world, not the life. Life sees life; the flesh sees nothing.