The Art of Seeing - a Reflection by Maria Doglio
“To me the art of seeing is coming into an understanding of the whole of what’s occurring.”
--Jane Rosen, Artist
As an artist, I understand what Jane Rosen means in this quote from an interview with the artist. This also served as a personal “aha” moment as it summed up my continuing journey towards self-discovery. To continue this journey I have to practice the art of seeing within for greater understanding of “the whole of what’s occurring.”
What if we took the “art of seeing” and applied it to all aspects of our lives? How would this change our world?
The art of seeing goes beyond using our physical eyes. It encompasses how we feel, our intuition, our experiences, our personality, and our judgments. I notice that the more I understand the whole - body, mind and spirit – the better I understand myself, others and the world. As I embrace a new way of seeing, I encounter the world in a new and more sacred way.
There are as many aspects of “seeing” as there are people. The influences of parents, teachers, and life events all color what we perceive and understand. Perhaps, we too often judge what we see as negative or positive before understanding the whole.
The art of seeing unconditionally falls into the realm beyond positive and negative judgment where unconditional love lies. Practicing the art of seeing depends on our understanding of the whole of life on a much deeper level. It leads us to a better sense of who we really are as we travel our earthly journey.
If we continue shifting the way we see, our understanding of the whole grows in every aspect of our worldly life. When we embrace the art of seeing, the art of unconditional love follows naturally and enables the flow in Loving Care.
It takes conscious practice. Just like art.
Note: The above painting is by the artist, Maria Doglio