Open Both Eyes

“My Son, let not the eye of nature with the will of the wonders depart from that eye which is introverted into the Divine Liberty, and into the Eternal Light of the Holy Majesty. But let it draw to thee by union with the heavenly internal eye those wonders which are externally wrought out and manifested in visible Nature. For while thou art in the world, and hast an honest employment, thou art certainly by the order of providence obliged to labor in it. … Keep, therefore, in the Center, and stir not from the Presence of God revealed within thy Soul; let the world and the devil make never so great a noise and bustle to draw thee out, mind them not; they cannot hurt thee.” ~Jacob Boehme

The “eye of nature” and the “eye which is introverted” makes us wonder what Boehme is talking about, but it really isn’t that difficult. By the “eye of nature,” he simply means our material eyes that look toward Nature, or the material world, as reality. The introverted eye can then be understood as that “eye” which looks beyond the illusions of matter into the permanent reality of the spiritual worlds. One thing that may be misleading is his calling this eye “introverted”. This may cause you to thing that is about turning inward to find that spiritual reality, but it isn’t. He is simply saying that this “eye” is found within us; it is spiritual, not physical. As far as the idea that this eye should look inward, that is a good idea, but it also needs to look outward and to recognize the spiritual hidden in the world all around us. There are gurus, especially in India, who teach that all spiritual truth is found by looking within, their proof of that is nonexistent and those who draw inward and ignore the external world rarely, if ever, accomplish anything. Continue reading “Open Both Eyes”