Don’t look, illuminate

“The eye is the lamp of the body…” Matthew 6: 22-23

Healthy: What do you see? Why is this the case? Ask lots of questions. Listen to those who have first hand experience, personal experience. Get as close to the source as you can. Think of the possibilities. Take nothing for granted.

Unhealthy: What do you see? How does this fit with what you believe? Does it fit well, then great! If it doesn’t fit, then can you make it fit? If you can’t make it fit, then either ignore it completely, change it so that it does fit, or discredit the source.

Healthy: Shine a light on it from as many different angles as you can manage. What is it, and where does it fit in your world? If it doesn’t fit then how does your world need to change to accommodate it?

Unhealthy: How does what you see fit with your world view? If it doesn’t fit, then either place it in the shadows where it won’t bother you, or destroy it.

Healthy: The mountain you are climbing is not on your map. Make a note to change the map.

Unhealthy: The mountain you are climbing is not on your map. The mountain must be an illusion, a trick of some kind. Ignore it. The map is never wrong. Feel guilty that you’re out of breath.

Healthy: Ask questions, hold the answers lightly.

Unhealthy: Ignore questions unless you already have the answers. Hold your answers rigidly,

Healthy: Be surprised by the unfolding universe! Allow it to unfold around you.

Unhealthy: Be terrified. Deny change at all costs, unless you can accommodate it within your system.

Healthy: No definitive answers.

Unhealthy: Definitive answers, the only questions that matter are the ones that you already have the answers to.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Matthew 6: 22-23

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