“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.”
Jesus (Matt 6:22)
Just before waking this morning, I dreamed that someone was putting contact lenses into my eyes. When I picked up Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening, and opened it randomly, the quote above was the heading. Once again, coincidences matter. So, what's the meaning of this one?
Jesus spoke of light often—of himself and others as the light of the world, of brides tending their lamps in preparation for the bridegroom, of the necessity to let your light shine and not hide it. Our eyes do not create light, they allow light in. It's interesting, however, that we can be blinded by too much light just as easily as by too much darkness. Our eyes are extremely sensitive to light, the pupils open and close in response to it.
Light, of course, is also a metaphor for understanding. If you see something clearly, you comprehend it. But, seeing clearly is not just watching with our eyes, it is also watching with our heart and mind; in other words, taking in the whole of what our eyes see. Sometimes, what we see and how we interpret what we see are light-years apart. We can misjudge any situation if we are only watching with our eyes without knowing context and history. That information involves “heart sight.” When we see both with our eyes and with our heart, we understand that frequently unappealing behavior or personality is linked to past pain; to shock, or loss, and fear of more pain. Sometimes, metaphorically, contact lenses are needed to correct our vision.
Also, what we “see” is often far broader than obvious visual content—our brains, for instance, register body language, and very slight changes, such as narrowing of the eyes, a twitch of eyebrow, or a tightening of lips have significance. We also pick up on the energy of people, places and situations—we feel these changes by the impact they make on our own energetic field. We don't “see” them with our eyes, but none the less, they are clearly perceived. They are “brought to light.”
The lamps of our bodies are our eyes, our hearts, and our understanding. How clear is your light today? Is there a situation that needs a new pair of contact lenses?
In the Spirit,