Lift Up Thine Eyes

Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. - Jesus (John 4:35)
Humanity's universal vision problem is metaphysical sight impairment. We struggle to behold the sacred in everyday encounters, fail to recognize the divine in the mundane landscapes of our lives, and to our peril we judge life merely by outer appearances. Every great spiritual master and wise sage was a great seer, endowed with extraordinary capacity to penetrate the veil of surface understanding and behold a deeper spiritual reality.
All the great spiritual awakenings refer to a new way of seeing. Jacob of the Hebrew Scriptures cried out with the realization, "The Lord was in this place and I did not know!" Jesus referred to inner vision, referring to the eye that is "the lamp of the body," and "if the eye be single then the whole body shall be filled with light." In the Bhagavad Gita (Hindu scripture) it says, "Because you cannot see me with your natural eye, I will give you a celestial eye." 
We can get tripped up in our spiritual work when we focus exclusively on visualizing a better exterior life and neglect the essential practice of developing spiritual vision. It, of course, is tempting to use our creative ability to solely improve the outer conditions because we are spared the need for developing spiritual vision. Yet as we mature spiritually, we find our ability to recognize the presence of good, despite appearances to the contrary, is what truly blesses us through all the ups and downs of life.
So our spiritual practice is to improve our vision. And we have the spiritual technology to do it. The simple prayer "Show me," show me what is here that I am not seeing," can open our eyes to what is real. I believe that just as Jesus restored sight to the blind, our spiritual vision is restored by the grace of God coupled with our willingness to see differently in every moment.
We can all be spiritual visionaries. I have great hope for a new worldview, in which you and I can demonstrate corrected vision, and be the first to exclaim, "Look I see a greater Truth in this situation!" 
Join us Sunday as we look at how sight adjustments can make all the difference in the world we see.
Love and blessings,
Rev. Larry