Seeing With The Heart

There is so much more to life than meets the outer eye. A deeper vision is possible when we see with the heart. Heart vision takes us below the surface and affects how we respond to what is unappealing in ourself and others. It changes our decision making, allows us to connect to our deepest self, and influences the priorities we choose. Anytime we see a situation or a person that is unpleasant to the eye, and recognize that there is more to the story, we are beginning to see with our heart’s eyes.

One of our neighborhood security guards has serious facial burns that were my focus when I first saw him. Then I noticed the sparkling eyes and winning personality that made him delightful, and my attention was no longer on his burns. It was a switch from seeing him with my eyes, to seeing him with my heart. There are also scars we carry inside ourself that defy how well we may look outside. These are scars that are harder to see – especially when they are our own. They can only be seen with gentle heart vision. Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

None of us get through life without tough challenges. Our inner vision is a critical tool for seeing below the surface, and treating ourself and others with compassion.  It takes courage to open our hearts and see with our heart’s eyes. As we consciously practice, little by little our heart vision is awarded access to the power of love. The deeper we go, the more we sense the endless energy of love that transforms everything we see. It takes us to our Higher Power where we have everything we need for clear vision and guidance.

There are simple things we can do to get to that deeper place. We can step back from stimulation and spend time in solitude and silence. It’s easier to see with our heart when we’re calm and centered, which means not overplanning our day. Comforting words to ourself and slow deep breathing can sooth us when we’re upset. This allows us to become receptive instead of reactive. We go deeper when we honor our feelings by acknowledging them, and crying when needed. Taking the risk to be vulnerable with people we trust also improves our heart vision. When we silence our inner critic, we relieve ourself from feelings of inadequacy that can block our ability to see deeper. It helps to slow down enough to find beauty throughout our day. This invites deep, rich experiences to come through our heart’s eyes and into our life.

The result of heart vision can be seen in our behavior. When we see with our hearts we truly listen to each other, and if differing opinions are shared it’s done without vilifying anyone. Being right is not the goal, so no judgement needs to happen. We acknowledge the nudges and messages we’re receiving from our heart and act on them. Another sign is empathizing with others so we gain their perspective. Showing kindness is evident, as well as daily gratitude. Compassion comes from the heart when we acknowledge we’re all doing the best we can with what we have to work with.

This is about looking at the world and our experiences with different eyes. It’s a process that needs patience as small shifts happen when we’re ready. As we allow the process of seeing with our heart’s eyes to unfold, we will see our heart vision is leading us exactly where we need to go. The world will never be the same and neither will we. When we see below the surface and discover a depth of vision only available through the heart’s eyes, life can become more incredible than we ever imagined.

Until Next Time – Sylvia

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