Yearning to See with the Eye of the Heart

by | Feb 29, 2024 | Reflections

The Iona Community has a prayer that begins: 

“The knees of the heart we bow
in the sight of the God who created us.”

It was sometimes a source of laughter when the metaphor made no sense to volunteers or perhaps the image, seen literally, really is humorous.  

I thought of this when the question surfaced in me:

Why do I want to see with the eye of my heart

The little prince in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s book says, “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

And it says in Ephesians 1:18 (NRSV)

“So that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may perceive what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints.”

And I needed to put it in my own words. 

Seeing with the eye of the heart.
It slows me down. 
And I look up, I look around, I look within
And I see deeply.

Sometimes this seeing invites me to taste the beauty around me. 
Sometimes this seeing makes a connection with 
energy flowing all around and within. 
I see more with more of my self. 

Seeing with the eyes of the heart.
When my body softens, my heart opens, 
I yield. 
I let go, surrender 
the fears, the future-wondering, the worries. 

Just for a moment I know where I am
That I am.
And I’m seeing
with the eye of my heart. 

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