Learning To See

David Price
3 min readAug 25, 2021
Annie Louisa Swynnerton — The Sense of Sight, 1895

“Has it not occurred to you that the intelligence that knows how to encapsulate the genetic information of the entire body in a single cell must be around somewhere, beyond the bubble of historical illusion?

Has it not occurred to you that the exquisitely engineered, highly specific circuitry of your human body must have an equally specific purpose. Everywhere you look on the face of the Earth, you see evidence of an intelligence far beyond that which is typically employed in human affairs.”

— From Ken Carey’s “Third Millennium”

Art moves through us. . . . A piece of art may originate with us, but we originate somewhere larger ourselves. We are, each of us, more than we seem, more than the sum of our merely human components. There is a divine spark animating each of us, and that divine spark also animates our art.

— Julia Cameron


“Whenever there is tenderness, compassion, mercy, that is a sign of divinity. And this sign of divinity is in man, and it comes to its highest station in developed feeling.”

~ Murshid SAM


“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”

— Niels Bohr

The human disconnection from the innate intelligence that knows why it is alive gives rise to endless confusion and misery. Too many of us spend our time on earth chasing our tails. Our habitual focus on externals makes insight more rare than it might be if we could simply attend to our own assumptions and how they limit us. We are less solid, less easily defined than we realize. The invisible spaciousness in us is more real than our material being.

Therein lies the mystery and the hidden meaning of Creation. In our insecurity we crave a settled sense of identity, but we are mini-versions of the Universe itself, a multiplicity with an inscrutable intelligence behind it. Fixing ourselves to culturally imposed definitions of existence is a major hindrance to releasing ourselves from our self created bondage. Not being able to see how we project our confusion into the world perpetuates the illusion that the drama is outside us. It’s only outside us because it’s inside us.

David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.