ADF: The ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future
Dictionary: thing or person seen in a dream or trance. Supernatural or prophetic apparition, thing or idea perceived vividly in the imagination (romantic visions of youth) imaginative insight, statesmanlike foresight; sagacity in planning.
Finding a good definition of “vision” to work from was a challenge. It seemed to either focus on the physical act of seeing OR went straight into the imagination realm. Personally, the challenge to define what I understand vision to be is that I believe vision actually falls somewhere directly between both definitions. While vision depends upon the eye, it also depends upon the heart. The saying that we see the world through the lens of our own experience is absolutely true. Our experience shapes our hearts, and it is our hearts that spawn our hopes and dreams as well as how we see our own part in them.
Some life experience may provide you a lens of statesmanlike foresight through which to see the world. Others may dirty or crack your lens to the point of having little to no sight at all beyond one’s own nose. And if you can’t see beyond your own nose, there’s no way you could possibly understand your own, or anyone else’s role in the cosmos. I suppose our challenge, assuming that nobody has ONLY positive experiences and that we all experience a mixture of both the good and bad that would help shape the lens through which we see the world, is to remove our lenses entirely.
I wonder if the truest way to achieve the broadening of one’s perspective and to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos is simply to have no lens at all. For, if I’m seeing the world through my, or any other kind of lens, I can only see so much. If, however, I simply see…I can see it all.