Tuesday, February 8, 2011

What Abraham could not see

5And he [the LORD] brought him [Abraham] outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." 6And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15

The above photo was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. I recommend looking at the amazing gallery of images. Indeed, my response is

 The heavens declare the glory of God,
   and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1

1 comment:

  1. How do you know what Abraham could or could not see?

    William Blake told us that when the doors of perception are cleansed we would be able to see infinity in a grain of sand. Perhaps therefore also the infinite glory of the heavens.

    The opposite of that was the fact that the normal dreadfully sane every-person of Blake's time had already been imprisoned in Newtons' one-dimensional single "vision".

    As indeed we now ALL are. Which is to say that we now well and truly trapped in a one-dimensional perceptual strait-jacket.

    One-dimensional scientific man rules.

    I would say that Abraham was a mystic seer and visionary who quite literally saw things differently. As indeed did the all of the fiery prophets of the "Old" Testament. Which is to say that their doors of perception were cleansed.

    The Australian "aborigines" see things differently too. That is why (at least some of them) were such superb trackers out there in the wilderness. They could quite literally see things and signs which were/are invisible to us dreadfully sane one-dimensionals.

    They could also sit for hours contemplating and communing with the stars. Listening to the stars sing, and even talking to them.

    Just like the Kalahari Bushmen.

    When did you last smell and taste the moon, or feel it resting in the small of your back?