For my workshops and book writing I fully rely on the insights I receive during intuitive communication with Nature and my daily meditations. It is only after I have received and recorded or written down insights straight from the source, that out of curiosity I love to dive into research to find out how much has already been written and shared about the findings. (Thanks to the power of google). Because I know that we all tab into the same source to receive our information. Even if we read books, these books are written by people who tab in the same source. And of course they dress it in the way they want to relate to the world. But in the meantime we can also read their work in the way we want to relate to the world. So in this way for me there is no reason to skip religious texts, just because we do not practice that religion. We are all practicing life from our perspective of the whole!
I just love to share insights that are the result of observing in Nature and our human nature and read the essence of the words they represent. The naked words I would say, undressed and in it’s natural glory.
Through similar tactics I came across the writings of Meister Eckhard many time, so I decided to share it. I got so intrigued and inspired by his way of writing. Only he dresses everything in the garments of Christianity as the book “paths to transcendence” quotes very well. I am not religious in any way, but matching insights I receive during meditation and simply communicating with Nature are embedded allover in religious texts. I call this spontaneous insights in practice Universal wisdom, dressed in a specific way through the attachments of the human being who receives the insights. Being aware of this, I do not dress my insights in a religious garment but just leave it to be pure in-sight.
When I read Meister Eckhard’s explanation on the way we use our eyes I realized that is exactly how I look at photography. So I guess when photography would exist in his time (13th century) then he would look at it the same way. Here are his words:
“The two eyes of the soul of man cannot both perform their work at once: but if the soul shall see with the right eye into eternity, then the left eye must close itself and refrain from working, and be as though it were dead. For if the left eye be fulfilling its office toward outward things, that is holding converse with time and the creatures; then must the right eye be hindered in its working; that is, in its contemplation. Therefore, whosoever will have the one must let the other go; for ‘no man can serve two masters.”
When I preach, I usually speak of detachment and say that a man should be empty of self and all things; and secondly, that he should be reconstructed in the simple good that God is; and thirdly, that he should consider the great aristocracy which God has set up in the soul, such that by means of it man may wonderfully attain to God; and fourthly, of the purity of the divine nature.
If we turn from the forms, produced by external circumstances, and go to the root of things, we shall find that Sakyamuni and Meister Eckhart teach the same thing; only that the former dared to express his ideas plainly and positively, whereas Eckhart is obliged to clothe them in the garment of the Christian myth, and to adapt his expressions thereto.
Schopenhauer also stated:
Buddha, Eckhart and I all teach the same.
It’s funny that Meister Eckhard states that the right eyes looks into eternity, and that the exact eye most people use for photography to capture timelessness. And the left eye is scanning the environment to find things unnoticed by the capturing eye. It’s amazing that this is exactly the way I use my eyes during photography. Don’t you?
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