Curiously, they started following me the eve of Thanksgiving and the quote from the woman gave me a question to ponder, “Do you see to believe, or believe to see?” I paused to reflect on my own life.
I have a highly inquisitive mind, which is the inspiration for my profile name, SuperJenius. In my incessant quest for knowledge, I often get tripped up and trapped in my own wires. Yes, my wanton monkey mind always gets entangled with some twisted version of the truth. My inquiring mind HAS TO KNOW, but know what? What does it really need to know?
Seeing is believing, or at least that is what they tell us in the pragmatic modern world. The irony is often I need to find evidence to support what I don’t want to overcome the expectation for what I do want. In other words, I need to prove the negative of a situation so my heart doesn’t get hurt. Yes, my negative mind constantly looking out for my heart. Yeah, I know. Let that sink in.
Regardless of why I have such a habit, the truth is what I see, is not always the truth. It is only my perspective of the truth. We all see what we want to see, and therefore, we believe what we want to believe. We have this choice. We can choose to see life in the negative, or life as a positive, and our minds do so to protect the body, heart and spirit from pain.
Believing to see, I believe is not physical sight which can be deceiving. This belief of sight, is a felt one and an intuitive one. We see with our hearts and we also see with our intuitions, which would be considered our third eye in come philosophies and religions. While we can search the entire world for facts to calm the intellectual mind, it takes a lot more courage and faith to believe in what we see with the heart. Ironically, the heart has a greater gift of sight then what our eyes take in and our mind interprets.
Which of these is true? Is physically seeing to believe, or is it faith, feeling and intuiting what we see? How do we know the difference? How can we find the truth of sight – is it in the heart, or the mind?
Attraversiamo means “Let’s cross over,” in Italian. Again, Thanksgiving eve, I let that sink in, meditating on it. What does this mean to me? What does it mean in regards to belief and seeing?
Perhaps it is crossing over from what is plain sight, to felt sight, from what we think is truth, to the truth in our heart, from the pragmatic and dogmatic propaganda of the world, to an inspired, intimate version of the world. We can cross over to what is, to what can be.
We don’t need to someone to extend their hand to help us cross over. We can do it ourselves, just by changing our perspective. We can cross over just by changing our sight and our beliefs.
However, it is more than just personal relationships, humanity is at a crossroads. The pragmatic version of sight is no longer serving us. Sure, there are practical truths which are right before us, but in order to progress past the hardships and the chaos, we need faith, even if some claim to be Atheists. It’s not a religion or God we must learn to have faith, it is our own hearts and our own intuition. We need to believe in what we can’t explain and don’t have immediate answers. I come back to a quote from the book,
Maybe it’s time to set aside intellectualism
and celebrate the wonders of things that can’t be explained.