Wednesday, March 18, 2020

20/20 – Not Perfect, Just Normal

20/20 vision is considered normal (read-average) visual acuity. Outside of  the U.S., normal would be 6/6...of course that's meters versus feet. 20/20 vision may be goal for most and the minimum requirement for pilots, but 20/15 visual acuity is considered superior, one can see clearer by 5 ft. Also, you can have 20/40 vision and still pass the Driver's License test in all 50 states, not to mention that most print is designed for this level of acuity.

This week, I will be infusing the blog with some puns and what most will think as dumb jokes. A groany grin is still a smile and a sort of chuckle is at least the beginnings of a full on laugh. It's an especially good time to get a smile or laugh going on.

What type of vision do dustbin workers have?
-bin-ocular vision

Where is the eye located?
-between the H and the J

What favorite organ does an Irish person & pirate have in common?
-the eyeee

Happy St. Patrick's Day, by the way, though I know it has passed by the time you read this. I trust you Zoomed or Facebook Live'd your gathering this year. Speaking of saints, this month I am being sure to give honor and mention to Womyn in History and Shestory. This week I want to talk abou Brigid of Kildare.

Saint Brigid of Kildare is Ireland’s only female patron saint. Interestingly, her father was a pagan. Brigid was actually baptized by Saint Patrick. She is considered the patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, cattle, chicken farmers, children whose parents are not married, dairymaids, milk maids and dairy workers, fugitives, infants, mariners, midwives, poultry raisers, printing presses, sailors, scholars, travellers, watermen, creative scholars and poets -a wide spectrum of those protected by her sainthood. As well, she is the Druid Goddess of poetry and healing in Celtic myth. Brigid (c 451-523) has been held up as a symbol of Divine Femininity. She was a powerful Abbess who offered an alternative to the confines of domestic life to up to 14,000 women, a peace-weaver, a fearless negotiator who secured women’s property rights, and freed trafficked women. And she was also reputed to be an expert dairywoman and brewer. She was known for her generosity and concern for the poor. Brigid’s mother was in charge of the Master’s dairy. Brigid tended to give the produce away to the poor. The dairy prospered in spite of her generosity. When she gave produce to the poor it tended to multiply! There's a familiar story. Also, when she gave water to a thirsty stranger, the water turned to milk (which in Ireland means Guinness). A quote that fits her, is from her and evokes Truth in consciousness:
Christ dwells in every creature.
Visual acuity is just one aspect of the typical eye exam, however optometrists also test for other vision skills:
Peripheral awareness
Eye coordination
Depth perception
Ability to focus
Color vision

Don't confuse your visual acuity or your mental acuity with your most powerful one - spiritual acuity. Joke time....

A man went to a specialist to get his eyes tested. “Doctor, will I be able to read after wearing glasses?”

“Yes, of course,” said the doctor, “why not!”

“Oh! How wonderful that will be,” said the patient with joy, “I have been illiterate for so long.”

Getting back to those other vision skills that optometrists test, I am reminded of my last blog on the subject of Foresight - the seeing, visioning, envisioning and declaring your next experience. It got me thinking about spiritual acuity:

Spiritual Acuity takes peripheral awareness .... what's going on around you and within you.

Spiritual Acuity takes eye coordination .... Divine Matrix is the coordination of the Mind, Heart and Gut.

Spiritual Acuity takes depth perception .... we must dig deep past the shadow (per Jung), or the superficial and shallow thinking.

Spiritual Acuity takes the ability to focus .... spiritual practice, daily, deeply, and with joyous gratitude.

And Spiritual Acuity takes color vision .... our attitudes, perceptions and beliefs color/filter your experiences. Speaking of attitudes and perception: 

Where do you send a depressed eye?
-to the low vision centre

What did the right eye say to the left eye?
-Between you and me, there’s something that smells

We are in a Spiritual Fire Drill. This viral pandemic is an expose' of the weakness in our systems of community, preparedness, love, kindness, peace, clarity and gratitude. In this time of social distance and staying home, it's a good time to ruminate on how we as a species are treating each other and our planet. It's a wake-up call to clear this up....

Patient: I see spots before my eyes.
Optometrist: Didn’t the new glasses help?
Patient: Sure, now I see the spots much clearer. 

Like that patient, its time for all to take note and apply the lesson. It is a wake up call for the consciousness of humankind to declare:
Mental and Physical Preparedness

The masses don't always see it at first:
Optician: You need glasses.
Patient: But I’m wearing glasses.
Optician: Then I need glasses

But, as you can see in these and other experiences like disasters, etc., it brings out the crap and fear in many, and the kindness and gratitude in others. These times show us who is who and what is in their attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs; especially those that may hide in the hustle and bustle of modern and urban daily life. We see who has a 20/20 vision of Divine Love or is in need of corrective lenses - i.e. spiritual practice. Basically, the Universe is telling us to sit down, shut up (not the polite, get quiet) and get centered. I read the following letter that illustrates what has been happening in China right now during this pandemic.

by Chinese Pastor, sent to brother in Istanbul via friends in Singapore
The hustle and bustle of China finally quiets down, the restless society comes to a still, and the restless Chinese people gradually calm down. Humans finally lower their proud head and have begun to think quietly:  are we still the king of the earth?
Mankind finally feels the power of nature once the face of the threat of death, human beings have only begun to reflect seriously, only to realize that a lack of awe-inspiring social atmosphere will lead to more harm and more risks. The greedy heart is being purified by the virus, and the mouth that loves to eat is being punished by the virus. the people who have been soaking in the bright red and green places all day have been driven home by the virus, saying.... "go home!"
There are fewer and fewer people on the street, few cars on the road, the air is getting fresher..., the haze is gone..., the sky is getting bluer, the sun is getting brighter, family lives are getting warmer, more harmonious and cordial. people's hearts have become more and more calm. People who haven’t read for years have picked up books at home. parents and children who had no communication, couples who couldn’t speak few words a year have opened up the conversation box. Children who do not know how to respect the elderly have began to be filial.
The virus teaches human beings a vivid and profound lesson. it makes us understand awe. It also lets us know what is called "good times". It also makes us feel true love on earth. …. we really should be grateful for this "enemy", we need such an enemy to give us a "reminder" and give us "empowerment."
The virus will not leave so quickly. it needs to see the CULTIVATION of human good habits. the virus will not continue to rag, because human love will gather more power to keep the virus away. Time will tell us everything. Time will also prove what is right. 

So dear reader, it's time once again to slow Down, get centered, breath, talk to one another, take time to view the inside stuff (creativity, imagination, inspiration); as we constantly was our hands. In fact, we can wash our minds at the same time we wash our hands. Which reminds me....  

What music do optometrists listen to?

Don't pray and hope, pray and know .... and wash your hands, touch elbows or bow and “Namaste” everyone - hell, smile and just say “hey.”

Skip the psychology of virology and get into the theology of Love – loveology.

Spread love not germs!

Practice the Biology of Belief simultaneously with the physiology of social distance
and hand washing

Instead of being fearful, be cheerful from a few feet away

Don't strive for 20/20 normal visual acuity, be and envision the perfect spiritual acuity's not a number, it's a knowing - your birthright.

What did the sailor say to the captain of the optometrist's boat?
-eye-eye captain

That's right!!!!

I Turn Toward...
...the vitality in my body.
...the prosperity in my mind and pocket.
...the Love and goodness that permeates everything and everyone I encounter.
...the grace and beauty that surrounds me.
...the Power of my faith and Truth.
...the wisdom of Divine Inspiration.
This is the turning point for my best life.
I affirm this turning right now!
Today I Start My New Normal!

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