There are endless ways in which sight stimulates our connection to spirit. For example, if you are familiar with color studies, then you already know that certain colors evoke different moods in people. Red invigorates, blue and green calm and yellow cheers. Smart business planners, from advertising to hospitals, takes color into consideration. Whether the goal is to inspire or make a waiting time feel shorter, color is key.
Why not take color into consideration with your spiritual work as well? A simple web search provides lots of resources for better understanding the meaning of color as it relates to both psychology and spirit. Become familiar with color associations and note the colors that you tend to be most drawn to and most repelled by.
One way to experience color is to sit quietly in meditation and focus on a specific color. Maybe you gaze at something out of the window or maybe you close your eyes and visualize the color. How does your focus on that color make you feel? What other thoughts come to mind when you focus on that color? Do those new thoughts bring up happy feelings or feelings of dread? Consider why certain colors might be associated with certain kinds of thoughts. That might give you deeper insight on your personal response to certain colors. Try this exercise again with a different color and compare the results.
Nature is a great place to connect to one’s inner divine as she offers boundless beauty, color and hidden pictures. A great exercise to deepen your connection to nature is to walk outside and look for a tree that has textured or loose bark, such as a pine, oak, sycamore, cedar or eucalyptus. Find a place where you can sit and observe the tree — close enough that you can see patterns in the bark but not too close that you can’t see most of the tree. Allow your eyes to scan the tree from top to bottom and then find a part of the tree that interests you most. Rest your eyes there for several minutes. Do you see any patterns take shape? If so, what do you see?
Animals have strong symbolic meanings so make sure you look up the meaning if these are the images you observe. If you see images of people, what are they doing? Is the image male, female or do you see both? If you are left wondering about the significance of the images you see, take a spirit journey and ask your teacher.
A different form of sight meditation is called tasseography or scrying. This is the practice of observing patterns or pictures in other objects such as tea leaves, liquid, smoke, rocks, etc. I use scrying to open myself up artistically or to receive guidance for a specific intention. One of my favorite exercises involves gently pulling loose bark from an old loblolly pine in my back yard and looking for images. Here are two paintings I did on pine bark after scrying. What you see and what someone else sees may be different and that makes perfect sense. Many times, I’ll ask my youngest son to tell me what he sees and we’ll compare images just for fun.
Girl in a Boat
The best way to use sight to deepen your spirit? Always have your eyes open to receive, in mindfulness, that which you seek — the divine in yourself and all around!