Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. It is a subjective vision, a unique perspective that reflects our internal perception. Our individual memories consider certain things to be comforting or beautiful; for others, these same images may seem mundane or even unattractive. My British Bulldog Elizabeth is a perfect example of this. I have never seen anything more beautiful. The love she radiates, her special personality, her devotion; I find delight in all her idiosyncrasies. Yet as I walk down the street with her, mothers tend to grasp their children, desperately pulling them away from the clutches of this ferocious creature. Such is the nature of perception.
When we start to become the love, we perceive beauty in everything. It could be a champion golden retriever at Crufts, or a scabby street dog – with dubious pedigree to say the least – in each individual representation of unconditional love, we start to discover beauty. This beauty can only be perceived from emptiness: devoid of the comparisons and opinions of a persona constructed through our interactions with society, the true beauty of creation reveals itself to us. In emptiness, the mirror of the world reflects only the light of love.
They say that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder; if only we could all perceive beauty with the eye of totality, each unique expression of existence on this planet perceived in its perfection. If only we could see beyond the judgments and opinions that separate us, that divide nations, races and ideologies, that create the illusion of “us and them”, the need to defend what is “ours” and to protect ourselves from a seemingly hostile and unpredictable world.
Where can you find beauty? If you look, you will discover it. And if beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then by changing the beholder, we can indeed change the world.
Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at www.whywalkwhenyoucanfly.com.