“Mountain Presence” — Image by kenne
In his book, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics, Richard Rohr writes about third-eye seeing, which allows for a co-equal footing of the first eye (the physical sense of sight) and the second eye (the eye of thinking, reasoning and reflecting). The Mystics build upon the first two eyes by affirming their fundamental connection in such a way to avoid the simplistic symmetry of dualities. The resulting connection is what Rohr calls, “presence.”
“It is experienced as a moment of deep inner connection,
and it always pulls you, intensely satisfied,
into the naked and undefended now,
which can involve both profound joy
and profound sadness at the very same time,” Rohr writes.
By abandoning all false dichotomies, the captured moment can be viewed in the presence, which I have referred to as “the now” in earlier postings. The further we travel inward the more everything appears to merge into an inexpressible, but nevertheless real, sense of oneness with the world around us.