by David Nova
The old adage, “seeing is believing,” has kept humanity locked in darkness for thousands of years. Human beings are perceptually imprisoned by their own five senses, or lack there of. If we can’t see it, hear it, smell it, taste it, or touch it, then it’s generally not real for us. Thus our facility for reason and imagination are important tools to bridge the gap of our own senses.
This is particularly true of spiritual knowledge. We must step beyond the limitations of our five senses to sense the spiritual world all around us. And yet so many human beings on planet Earth refuse to believe in anything spiritual because they can not see, hear, smell, taste, or touch it. The same goes for the existence of anything remotely extraterrestrial or multi-dimensional.
But is our blind reliance upon our physical senses justified, or even reliable?
Let’s look at a few statistics about our vision, perhaps our most cherished physical sense. An overwhelming majority of human beings require some form of visual correction.
According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75% of adults use some sort of vision correction. About 64% of them wear eyeglasses, and about 11% wear contact lenses, either exclusively, or with glasses.glassescrafter.com
In the last 30 years, the number of us who are nearsighted has doubled. According to one study, in the 1970s, 25 percent of Americans were nearsighted. Now, 42 percent are.CBS Minnesota
If our sense of vision is critical to our perception, why is our species genetically and environmentally disposed to have such poor vision? On a metaphorical and spiritual level, what does this say about us as a species?
So our species is challenged with poor vision. So what?
Our intelligence and ingenuity have corrected our natural limitations. And yet, even with perfect vision our human sense of perception is absurdly narrow. We can not see 0.9965 percent of the perceivable Universe with our own eyes. Is that a comforting statistic? Does it support faith in our visual perception?
The entire rainbow of radiation observable to the human eye only makes up a tiny portion of the electromagnetic spectrum – about 0.0035 percent. This range of wavelengths is known as visible light.energy.gov
As you can see, the visible portion makes up an incredibly small fraction of the total electromagnetic spectrum. Less than 1% of all light that reaches us is in the visible spectrum. By most estimates it comes out to about .0035% of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. So because the human eye is incredibly limited in its range, we see only that one tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum.quora.com
What else exists within the 0.9965 percent of the perceivable Universe that we can neither see or perceive? We have scientific tools and devices to measure it, so what’s the big deal?
Does every human being on the planet have access to these tools? Or do we simply put our faith in the scientific community to tell us what they believe exists or what doesn’t exist beyond the limits of our perception?
Is our faith in science our new religion? Has our faith in science supplanted and replaced our faith in organized religion? To inform us what exists beyond that which we can not personally perceive? To tell us what to believe, what not to believe? Or do we simply not wish to know?
Are we equally afraid of the Dark and the Light? Are we afraid of the fringes of perception? Are we complacent in our narrow-minded, near-sighted vision? What we can not see can neither hurt us or help us.
We are a blind species, blissfully smug within our own ignorance, like small children. We blindly rely upon others who claim to have sight (our authority substitute parents) to lead us. Are they simply the blind leading the blind.
To see more clearly, we must look within. We must challenge our own beliefs and assumptions. We must employ reason when our narrow perception fails us. We must gaze into the looking glass of imagination and intuition for guidance. We must walk as a blind man with a spiritual guide.
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