Visual Pathway to Spirit
A reciprocal relationship is at the heart of what
I have come to know as “looking through the spiritual eye.” It
is born out of silence, a place not easy to come to—the mind
chatters—a distraction seems too delicious to deny. Doubt
sneaks in. I must quiet myself enough to be caught off guard by
Nature’s beauty, not as I envision it to be, but just as
it is. Nature asks me to listen for the whisper of something much
greater than just me. Then, once again, in the stillness Nature
heals me with her beauty. For it is Nature’s beauty resonating
within that speaks to the soul’s longing for things divine.
Humility calls me to emptiness. Humility is the acceptance of
things just as they are. Surrender to the moment. See images in
a new way. I am drawn to an unexpected experience through the lens.
It’s almost as though Nature’s beauty takes over the
photographic process, and I manage to step out of the way just
in time. Open to her beauty and grace, I am grateful.
Letting go of thoughts and distractions means cultivating compassion
for myself and for life all around me. In this way I open my heart
and allow myself to become intimately connected with the object
of my lens, whether a sweeping landscape or a single flower. As
that happens I am moved to a deeper place within and then as an
image offers itself, I find myself willing to receive and accept
what I am given.
In this approach, the image is discovered. The
guide is no longer the scene I gaze upon rather it is the stirring
of the heart. Indeed it is Nature who allows herself to be seen
as the spiritual eye within me becomes the lens.