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Projectors

“Our eyes are not viewers. They’re also projectors that are running a second story over the picture that we see in front of us all of the time.” Jim Carrey

The second story that we tell ourselves in the moment is where we invite frustration, suffering, and misunderstanding.

So how can we attempt to prevent the second story from closed captioning our eyes, our minds, and our hearts?

First, let’s begin with what you want.

Do you want to fight a battle?

or

Do you want to befriend beauty?

Your answer here frames the plot for every moment of your existence.

Think about it.

If your story always starts with “in the beginning I wanted a war” then it’s highly likely that your story will end with “and there was a winner and a loser.”

But if your story begins with “in the beginning there was something beautiful at play” then you’re probably going to somehow end up with “and something beautiful transpired.”

In our home we have what we call bedrock beliefs. These beliefs help us navigate such questions. We believe that life is happening for us. We also believe that love has our back. And we believe that a posture of wonder and awe is infinitely more enjoyable than the constant pursuit of games that end with win, lose, or draw.

We attempt to make these beliefs the rhythm of our hearts so that when the moment in the day arrives where we might start projecting a second story over the moment we can reclaim our eyes and actually usher into existence what is trying to transform us.

If you want a war, you’ll ask, seek, and knock for a war.

And if you want beauty, you’ll do the same.

We need more beauty askers, seekers, and knockers.

I think that’s the only way we’ll find it.

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Eyes.

It isn’t what we see…

…It’s how we see what we are seeing.

We typically don’t see things as they are…

…We tend to see things as we are.

Inside of us there’s a lover and there’s a wolf.

Which one are you feeding?

Which one have you handed your eyes over to?

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Eyes

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said, “To try to see more and to see better is not, therefore, just a fantasy, curiosity, or a luxury. See or perish. This is the situation imposed on every element of the universe by the mysterious gift of existence. And thus, to a higher degree, this is the human condition.”

Could this all be a school in learning to see?

If it is, may we all learn to welcome facts before fiction and may our assumptions be self corrected by grace.

“Let me see” just may be the most expansive, holy, redemptive, and opportunistic prayer and posture we can approach all of our lives with.

Eyes ends with yes.

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Eyes. Wide. Awake.

The more you dig into the universe the more you begin to to notice its’ harmony, cadence, and eternal tone. And when you start to see the lines and know the dots of reality that is when the music in-between the two becomes more and more electric.

Think of the last stranger you crossed paths with that left you better than when you found them. Most likely, they were awake – present – or connected with some idea, action, or insight into reality that you never knew of or never had a proper introduction with.

No matter the season you find yourself in, an awake soul is always a refreshing encounter. They move us to melt the joy frozen in winter, bloom a better bloom in the spring, surf the summer shores, and the soak in the re-energy of autumn as it is intended.

3 Things:

1) If we’re going to be strangers to approximately 7.3 billion people, let’s at least be ones that glow.

2) The awake conversation always starts in the eyes. Show me the direction of your eyes and I’ll show you the direction of your life.

3) “Therefore we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen…”

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