Monthly Archives: December 2013

Bright Futures

In our Foundational philosophy course, we read that “looking at things from the belief that they are separate from the Divine Presence is like looking through dark glasses…” The idea that the philosopher, Ernest Holmes, is trying to get across is that when we see the world as full of separate individual things, we’re not seeing it as it really is. We get a distorted picture of the world. He goes on to say that the better way to see the world is as “acts and manifestations of the Divine Presence.” In other words, it’s all God.
I hear a lot of folks being hard on themselves because they can’t or don’t constantly or consistently see the world through a mystic’s eyes. Okay, “folks” means me, mostly, but I can’t be the only one or there wouldn’t be wars or poverty. So what’s that about? Is it really so bad to wear the dark glasses? It seems to me that the “blame” route is what leads us to theologies that include hell and eternal damnation. That doesn’t work for me.
As I was pondering this conundrum, I met up with a friend who had just had cataract surgery. She was wearing dark glasses, even though she was indoors. She needed to wear them until her eyes were all healed up and fully functioning. Then I thought about how it feels to look into the sun if I’m not wearing shades. Or step out of a darkened movie theatre into the afternoon light.
Maybe we need to wear the dark glasses until our eyes can adjust to the Light. We take them off to remind ourselves that they aren’t really part of us and the view isn’t really accurate through them. Those moments of looking over the top rim of my shades are what happens in meditation or in prayer. I wasn’t born with dark glasses and I don’t need to wear them all the time, but I don’t think it’s a big deal to wear them when I need them.