Friday, February 3, 2012
PRESENCE IN THE NOW
Miramar Sunset, Destin, FL
“Three men stood by the ocean, looking at the same sunset.
One man saw the immense physical beauty and enjoyed the event in itself. This man was the ‘sensate’ type who, like 80 percent of the world, deals with what he can see, feel, touch, move, and fix. This was enough reality for him, for he had little interest in larger ideas, intuitions, or the grand scheme of things. He saw with his first eye (body awareness), which was good.
A second man saw the sunset. He enjoyed all the beauty that the first man did. Like all lovers of coherent thought, technology, and science, he also enjoyed his power to make sense of the universe and explain what he discovered. He thought about the cyclical rotations of planets and stars. Through imagination, intuition, and reason, he saw with his second eye (mind space), which was even better.
The third man saw the sunset, knowing and enjoying all that the first and the second men did. But in his ability to progress from seeing to explaining to ‘tasting’, he also remained in awe before an underlying mystery, coherence, and spaciousness that connected him with everything else. He used his third eye (heart space), which is the full goal of all seeing and all knowing. This was the best.”
--Richard Rohr, The Naked Now