April 23, 2017 § Leave a comment
Recently I read:
That ‘He brought him outside’ means the sight possessed by the Interior Man, which from external things sees internal things, becomes clear from the meaning of ‘bringing outside’ and at the same time from what follows next. Internal things are ‘brought out’ when someone looks with his physical eyes at the starry sky and from this thinks about the Lord’s kingdom. Whenever a person sees anything with his eyes, yet so to speak does not see the things he sees, but from them sees or thinks of the things that belong to the Church or to heaven, his interior sight, that is, the sight of his spirit or soul, is being ‘brought outside’. Strictly speaking the eye itself is nothing else than the sight of the spirit itself ‘brought outside’, the specific purpose of this being that from external things a person may see internal things, that is, that from objects existing in the world he may reflect continually on things that exist in the next life, for it is for the sake of that life that he lives in the world. (AC 1806; Elliot)
My knowledge of correspondences is limited. I can only form very general ideas of the spiritual meaning of the Lord’s natural creation.
In reading the above passage from the Arcana Celestia I was led to think about how important it is to ask ourselves what the Lord wants us to see when we look at things. This is especially true when we look at other people and what they are doing.
What does the Lord want me to see? The good in a person? Their evils? Does He want me to see an object of sexual desire?
Just asking ourselves what the Lord wants me to see when we look or think about others has a profound impact on what we see.