by Amy L. Lansky, PhD
Those of us who have tried meditating know that accessing the Now can enable us to hear things that we normally ignore or suppress from typical awareness — the sounds of birds, the wind, and, of course, the ever present noises of civilization.
The same goes for our vision. There is much more to be seen than typically meets the eye! Personally, I enjoy meditating with my eyes open and recommend in my book Active Consciousness that you at least begin your meditations that way. I have found that when I do, I often see things that are normally below my visual radar. These visual gems range from easily visible but somehow unseen wonders of the natural world, to phenomena that are accessible only when I attain a deeper state of awareness. I have found that when we do notice these things, we begin to experience a world that is so much more wonderful and awesome than we normally acknowledge — a world in which there is even more to be grateful for!
Let’s begin with the usually hidden wonders of nature. When I am meditating on my deck in the morning, I often notice spider-web threads floating virtually everywhere. Try it out yourself. If the light catches them just right and you are really attentive, you will notice them. During the long night, the spiders all around us are busy at work. Their threads connect the branches, the chairs, the fencing, the house. How can we not normally see them?
Then, in the dusky hours of the evening, the tiny insects of our world come out to play. Millions of tiny gnats, floating like invisible dust particles on the wind. If you look from one angle they disappear; from another, they seem to be everywhere! Now you see them, now you don’t.
Biological science tells us that almost every type of animal has its own unique form of vision or other perceptive abilities. Dogs may not see as well as we do — they cannot even see color — but their noses enable them to experience an infinitely complex world that is completely invisible (or unsmellable!) to us. Can we imagine what insects or birds see? For example, eagles really do have “eagle eyes.” In the homeopathic proving of bald eagle blood, the test subjects experienced some amazing visual symptoms.
The fact is, the world around us is really composed of millions of interwoven parallel worlds. Each type of creature lives in its own reality. The human world is nothing like that of the dragonfly world. Indeed, every single human lives within his or her own unique world of thought and understanding too.
Given all of this, how can we be so sure that what we perceive with our own personal senses defines the only truth? We can’t even normally see the spider webs floating all around us! And yet, most of us normally close our minds (at least much of the time) to the existence of these parallel realities. If we can expand our belief systems and even our perceptive abilities to include the realm of our higher energy bodies, or even higher spatial dimensions (both of which I describe at length in my book Active Consciousness), how much more amazing our universe would become for us! If we can attain even a slightly deeper state of awareness through meditation, many of us begin to sense and even see the etheric energy body, in the form of auras.
Here is a list of other realms that are typically beyond our “normal” awareness. Some are invisible to us because they move too quickly. Others because they change too slowly. Some simply need to be viewed from a different “angle”. And others can (or potentially could) be accessed through some new form of “technology” — whether scientific, or consciousness-based. Can you think of others? For each one, consider what you might typically be ignoring, simply because you don’t stop and look!