It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. There is much to be said about this. You can see emotion through the eyes, can you not? You can often tell if a person is lying or not by looking into their eyes. What if they refuse? Look away? In our culture we perceive direct eye contact to mean that a person is being direct. In other cultures it might mean something else, a sign of aggression, perhaps. How can we know what a person means when cultures have different norms? You can still see into the eyes, if you look. Even in non-humans. The spark of life...it is there.
There is much you can tell from the eyes. Is someone lying? One way to guess is by watching their eyes when they tell a story. If they are remembering it, their eyes will look downward. If they are conjuring it up, their eyes will look more to the sky. Hmmm....These are tricks that moms use to find out things that kinds try to hide! They're also tricks used by professional investigators because they are reliable indications of truth vs. lies.
You can see pain in a person's eyes if you look. You can see sadness if it is there no matter how much they smile. This is something mothers know, too.
You can see anger, depression, worry, anguish, fear...and you can see love, joy, happiness, contentment and pride and relief. Whatever a person is feeling, there story is there to be told in the eyes.
But is it just in people we see this? Of course not! Look into your dog's eyes when it knows it's done soething wrong, or into the eyes of a cat when it's angry and its eyes are all blackened and its ears flattened back. Look into the eyes of a scared little rabbit or mouse. Every living creature shows how it feels through its eyes.
Part of this is due to the mind/body connection. The body responds to emotional triggers by releasing hormones such as adrenalin which the adrenal glands release when triggered by fear to prepare the body for fight or flight. Part of this response is that the pupils become dilated. This is an automatic response that is real evidence that the body and mind are attached. People accept this much more readily than they accept there is also a connection to spirit, but as we are all three in one being, we of course know it is true.
Take love, for instance. Emotional? Yes, of course. It is the greatest of all emotions! But is it spiritual? I'd have to say, yes it is, considering that in my belief God IS Love. To love is the only commandment given to us in just about any religion when you break it all down. To love unconditionally is divine. It is something a person (and other animals, too) will put their life on the line to defend. Love is spiritual, mental and physical. Love is what makes the world go around! Does it show in our eyes? Look into the eyes of true love and you'll easily see that it does!
Love puts a rosy glow on everything, and it puts rose colored glasses on eyes looking out that anyone looking in can easily see.
Look into the eyes of a mother looking into the eyes of a child full of love looking back. Look into the eyes of a young girl in love after getting her very first kiss. Look into the eyes of a groom watching his bride walk down the aisle. Look into the eyes of her dad.
There are maps on the eyes, did you know? The coloration of the iris indicates different tendencies within the body. There is a map in the eyes which correlates to all of the organs and body structures, and strengths, weaknesses and areas of toxicity can be read through the study of what each of these different very beautiful marks actually show. This is called the study of iridology. Iridology is mistakenly thought by many to be a diagnostic tool, but it is not. It does not diagnose anything, but merely shows the body's general constitution. Areas of toxicity can be read and general areas with a tendency towards vulnerability.
The whites of the eyes, similarly, draw a map to the body. The little red lines point to places within the iris which correlate to areas of the body as well and can be used as indications of areas which may be in need of support.
There are many things to be learned through the eyes.
What a person thinks of you affects how they look at you, too. What someone thinks about anything will affect how they see it. The windows also have a view out from the soul to the world. How clean is the glass? Did we throw something on someone's window? Perhaps we might want to offer to help clean that up. Did someone else throw something on someone's window that is affecting their view of you? Maybe it isn't your fault, but you could still help clean it up if you'd like. At least please do not throw stones.
Take time this week to look into the eyes of those you may pass on the way. Look into the eyes of the person you're talking to. Sometimes even that much can be an exercise, because often we find that we're uncomfortable looking into somebody's eyes. If you feel uncomfortable, ask yourself why? Then try and break through that fear with love. Look for the love in other's eyes.
Look for the love, look for the sadness, look for the pain, look for the truth. Look for what's the same in them as in you. Look into your own eyes as well.
Look into a mirror. Look into your eyes. Try this at least once a day for this one week. What do you see? Keep looking. Don't just glance and then look away. Is it uncomfortable to look into your own eyes in the mirror? Try holding it for a minute, speaking words of love to yourself without turning your eyes away. Speak words of love in your mind to the person you see in the mirror. Keep looking into your eyes for 60 whole seconds. You'll find a new you in just a week's time of doing this at least once a day!
You can't really look into passerby's eyes for that long, but you can make a point to look into them for just as long as it takes to engage your heart in the process. It can be done quickly without them even knowing, but a nice warm feeling will strike them, I'm sure. Get into an elevator and look into the eyes of the person to whom you're about to turn your back to. Walk down a hallway and look into the eyes of the person you're going to pass. Go to a store and look into the eyes of the cashier as they tell you to have a nice day. Look into the eyes of the wait staff as they ask you if you'd like more water. Look into the eyes of all you pass...for one week...and you'll remember it for the rest of your life.
Also look into the eyes of the animals you happen to meet. For me, that's easy, because we have six cats and three dogs. For you, it might not be so easy, so I'll meet you halfway on this. I will promise to go out this week and interact with animals who do not live with me, and I hope you will accept the challenge and do the same. Really, really look into their eyes. Go to a pet store, a rescue shelter, a farm, a friend's house, the zoo or anywhere else where animals can be found and look as many as you can right in the eye. See if you can tell what it is they are feeling. You can almost read their mind if you look closely enough at what their eyes are trying to say. The more often you do this, the more you will realize they are no different from us.
If you will notice, too, when you look into the eyes of another, that we see our own reflection, as well, much as we do when we look into a store window's glass. It is good to keep in mind that when we are assessing that which we see, we may be mixing into it a bit of our own image. It's very easy to do. Also, do not forget that we look through our own window, and perhaps we're seeing a smear on our own glass, or on the other hand, perhaps we've got that rosy tint. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder sometimes.
The left eye is said to rule the feminine aspects of us. This is to include what is manifest, as in the idea of Mother Earth being in physical form. The left eye expresses that which is masculine in us, as well as that which is unseen. The masculine has energy to put into things, whereas the feminine is that nurturing side. This can be seen through the eyes.
As you do your practice this week of looking into the eyes of others, notice if you are looking into one eye or both eyes, and what you see in each eye. Do this with your eyes in the mirror, as well. You will begin to notice more and more things. For instance, you may see more pain in one eye and more joy in the other. What you see will tell you much. One eye looking a little bit tired, for instance, might be an indication of which area of your life you need to relax just a bit. If it's your left eye and you're working too much, for instance, or if it's your right eye and you're worrying too much about someone you love.
The pupils pulsating is a sign that you're adrenal glands are feeling stressed, and likely you're feeling very stressed, too. As I said, there are many things you can tell through the eyes. The most important thing, though, is love. Looking people in the eye shows them you care. Try it consistently for this one week! I'd be interested to know what you find, but I have a real good idea. I think you'll begin to find the real you.
Blessings for a week filled with wonder as seen through the eyes of a child! Blessings for a week filled with LOVE...
. "Vibraceous, ND"
Rev. Dr. Jody Evans, ND, CTN, CNHP, D.D.
Founder, Essentials of Life Holistic Enrichment Center
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