I am a photographer. No one who knows me will dispute that fact. That’s just the way it is. It’s not the totality of who I am. It is just one of the things in my life that is a driving passion. I have had a camera in my hand since about age 4. That, my friends, means I have had a camera in my hands and been taking pictures “for at least a dozen years.” Come on, smile; give me license to …. imagine!
I never cease to be amazed when I download the images from my camera to the computer, to find something in those images that I did not see when I was taking the picture. It could be something that is easily definable such as an extra person in the shot whom I had not noticed, or something indefinable such as an outline of light or energy that just shows up.
Heck, even without the camera lens, I have been seeing dancing lights before my eyes for a lot of years; even had the medical folks investigate me thinking it was some medical ailment that needed fixing. Well, of course nothing was found. I just have this multitude of lights, like tiny little fairies, that put on a show for me, when I focus on what is before me. Sorry, I am meandering. Back to the photography and the camera and what is seen and unseen when taking a picture, but shows up once uploaded to the computer.
It got me to thinking that perhaps I need to look at my life – not your life or anyone else’s, but my life – as though through the lens of a camera. When I close my eyes in meditation it could be likened to the process of uploading pictures previously taken with the human eye. Now they are uploaded and in closing my eyes I am able to see things that I did not see before; just like my photography. Sounds reasonable.
Meditation gives me the opportunity to examine the photographs that my human eyes took and uploaded to my human computer. I am given the opportunity to examine those images, just like in photography. I might find that something requires further examination or some touch-up work is required via the software of my heart or my mind. Maybe the lighting is somewhat off and there’s a shadow hiding something and it needs more of a backdrop, a fixing of the lighting. If so, then the spotlight of the Spirit turns on the lights so I can see more clearly.
Yes, Watson…I do believe we have something here! Meditation is like photography where I get to go into the darkroom and do some “fixin’ up”.
Happy Meditating!! See what you will see.