Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder - What do You See?

Look at these two photos. What is the difference?

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If you said "nothing" you are, in some ways, correct! These two photos are taken of deep space. The first is taken from the Hubble space telescope and the second is taken from the Chandra x-ray telescope. The Hubble telescope registers visible, infrared and ultraviolet light (the different wavelengths, or the spectrum of light) and turns it into digital data. The Chandra telescope is “designed to detect X-ray emission from very hot regions of the Universe such as exploded stars, clusters of galaxies, and matter around black holes.” Both the Hubble and Chandra telescopes orbit around the Earth however the Hubble is 347 miles from the Earth whereas the Chandra orbits 86,500 miles above the Earth.

What does this has to do with you? Good question! Our perspective on our life, on the world, is shaped by the filters we have, the beliefs we hold and our understanding of who we think we are and our place on this planet. Just like the telescopes, we see what we are programmed to see. Whatever our “lens” is designed for, that is what we will register in our minds and hearts.

To change our “lens” then means we need to rise above our current perspective and get a new view of “reality” just like in order to see the X-rays coming from the Universe, we need to have an observatory 86,500 miles above the surface, not just a few hundred miles. Thankfully we don’t need to go that far to get a new perspective on our own lives! But we do have to be brave enough to question if what we believe is true about a certain situation in our life could be seen differently.

The Hubble image, as beautiful as it is, shows distinct, separate points of light. However, the Chandra image shows the X-rays in the same location as a web of energy that connects seemingly separate and distant celestial masses throughout vast space. As described in the article about these images, “…all the matter and energy in the Universe can be traced inside these gigantic cosmic filaments, which when observed from afar can be described as a cosmic ‘web.’”

It causes us to wonder if we change our perspective, change our lens, can we see and sense the deep innate connection throughout our lives that has been there all along? That permeates our lives, this world, and the worlds beyond? How would seeing through this new lens change your life?