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God's Eye: Contemplative Gazing

February 5, 2017

Tags: Heidi, Contemplative Gazing, Meditation, Meister Eckhart, James Finley

But one day the wind will show its kindness
And remove the tiny patches that
Cover your eyes,
And you will see God more clearly
Than you have ever seen
Yourself.

Meister Eckhart


From the people of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico comes the Ojo de Dios, a Godís Eye. Although plenty of children have made Godís Eyes as a summer camp craft, it was originally (and still is) a contemplative practice. The creator follows the yarn around and around two crossed sticks, the four ends representing the energies of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. The Godís Eye symbolizes the mystery of the known and unknown, and the finished Ojo de Dios is often put in a home: Godís watchful gaze blessing the household. Half way around the globe, the creation of a mandala similarly offers a geometric pattern, a creative space on which to direct the eye's gaze. (more…)