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Through the Eyes of Love

    In The Immortal I, we learn to see the world through the eyes of Love as Traherne said it should be seen:

      Your enjoyment of the world is never right till every morning you awake in Heaven; see yourself in your Father's palace; and look upon the skies, the earth and the air as celestial joys; having such a reverend esteem of all, as if you were among the Angels. The bride of a monarch, in her husband's chamber, hath no such causes of delight as you.

      You never enjoy the world aright till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars; and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you. Till you can sing and rejoice and delight in God, as misers do in gold, and kings in sceptres, you can never enjoy the world.

      . . . till you love men so as to desire their happiness with a thirst equal to the zeal of your own; till you delight in God for being good to all; you never enjoy the world. . . .

      The world is a mirror of Infinite Beauty, yet no man sees it. It is a Temple of Majesty, yet no man regards it. It is a region of Light and Peace, did not men disquiet it. . . . [It] is none other than the House of God and the Gate of Heaven.

    "But," some say, "that's a simplistic and artificial way of looking at the world that's just putting on rose-colored glasses, and ignoring all the suffering in the world." But the saints and sages, all of whom have seen the world both ways, say this is not putting on rose-colored glasses it's taking off our dung-colored ones; not being hypnotized, but de-hypnotized; that while it is a simplistic way of looking at the world, it is anything but simple to do, requiring great personal courage, integrity, and faith; and, rather than ignoring suffering in the world, they say,

      None can usurp this height but those to whom the miseries of the world are misery, and will not let them rest.

    And because it is only when we look through the eyes of Love that we receive a clear and honest view of the world and our neighbor, it is only then that we can begin to lead whole, fulfilling, self-actualizing, and rational lives. This was Christ's message: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." In order to see the world as it is, infinite to see God in the world we must see it through the eyes of Love; through our own efforts and the grace of God, we must learn to Love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves.

      Our whole business in this world is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen. St. Augustine

    Copyright � 2003 by The Shelton Group, TheSheltonGroup@cs.com

    The Immortal I
    A Unified Theory of Psychology, Neurology, and The Perennial Philosophy
    by Eugene B. Shea

    Originally published by University Press of America