Can one be inspired by something one can’t see? It’s hard…
To be clear, I’m talking about ‘seeing’ as in ‘perceiving’.
We cannot conceive of things we don’t perceive. The unseen … unperceived … is outside of our awareness. They don’t exist for us.
We certainly can’t create from, for, or using things we don’t perceive.
The act of discovery is an act of perception.
Wanting to see is an important part of creating and innovating. Wanting to see why, if…, when…?
Questions have driven sailors, astronauts, the community doctor, Galileo, engineers, artists…and your children.
Can you set your desire to perceive free? It begins with setting an intention to be illuminated. Tell yourself that you are ready and willing for new knowledge. Your subconscious will hear and help you open to seeing.
What’s happening when your mind holds back? It’s trying to keep you safe. Seeing – perceiving – has been known to shake things up. While it can be interesting and adventurous, it can also be an earthquake. The truth can set you free. And that freedom can come with benefits, complications, responsibilities, and change.
The choices you make about what you want to see directly impacts the depth and scope of your perception, the size of your shift…so to speak. So…
If one is serious about creating, one must be serious about seeing
What do you see? What do you allow yourself to see? What do you deny yourself seeing? (That word ‘denial’ is all about not seeing…) Why?
Is what you are seeing true or an illusion? Do you know how to test that? Are you willing to? How much of what you are seeing – or not seeing – is shaped by an assumption? Is it a valid one? Have you tested? Is it complete?
Tip: if you are in the middle of assuming, you are not seeing the present … you are seeing your or someone else’s past. Don’t be afraid to allow your scope of vision to expand to the present.
Are you brave enough to see, really see … to see truly?
Seeing takes courage. Seeing means allowing for the possibility that your preconceived ideas will be blown out of the water.
Skepticism is questioning with the open mindedness to see differently. Cynicism is questioning without the possibility of being moved. Seeing truly … perceiving means leaving your comfort zone at the risk of having it be rearranged when you return.
Honestly, you may lose a friend, a business, a dream, or a marriage. You may also gain one….a more honest one. Do you have the courage? Sure you do.
Are you patient enough to see?
Seeing takes time. It takes attention and focus. It takes giving both the object of your seeing and your mind the time to unfold.
American Painter Georgia O’Keeffe said, “Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”
Make the time to see.
Are you curious enough to see?
The desire to see is a re-connection with the childhood spirit of curiosity. Return there and you can be tickled, amused, amazed, inspired like a five year old. Your life will become richer. Cleaner.
And all of this will drive your curiosity to see more. That’s how children ‘work’.
Seeing takes asking questions and answering them. It takes wanting to know what comes next, what if, how and why.
Close-mindedness is a dark place. Seeing takes light. It takes being open-minded enough to be able to see. Curiosity is an open state of being. Come on, don’t you want to know?
Do you see with your eyes, ears, heart…?
Seeing … perceiving … is experiencing and understanding. If you want to really ‘get’ your dog, get down on all fours and smell the carpet. If you want to ‘see’ how something tastes….don’t just read the review, taste it! Respect the difference between knowing and ‘knowing about’:
I could read every word ever written about riding a bike … that does not mean I know the feeling, the experience of riding a bike.
So, if you want to really ‘see’ your customers, become one. If you want to see a flower, see it from far away. Then get closer. Then get really, REALLY close. See it in the morning, midday and at night. See it two days later; a month later. See it with your eyes, your fingers, your nose, your tongue.
Become conscious, super-conscious, of what it feels like to have the sun warm your face. Then go in the shade and feel the cool, feel your yearning for the sun.
Are you curious, patient, brave enough to really see?
Are you a …
“Oh, now I see!!” … “Wow! I see!!” … “Do you see that?!”
Seeing is powerful.
Truly seeing and seeing truly can change your world. It will bring inspiration, insight, and often, desire to act.
It will revitalize, sometimes revolutionize.
Seeing today truly, perceiving it accurately, can give you a glimpse of what tomorrow could look like.
Seeing is creating. Seeing is life.
© Christie James, 2011