“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.” –Stan Brakhage
As we eye the stars, we see ourselves. It’s a matter of self-perception.
“It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.” –Anais Nin
Mountaintop telescope arrays and satellite “eyes-in-the-sky” capture awesome self-images.
“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.” –Michelangelo
To see deeper, though, we need to use the visualizing faculty of perception.
“You can’t rely on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” –Mark Twain
This faculty is our eye on the universe of the mind.
“The paradox of reality is that no image is as compelling as the one which exists only in the mind’s eye.” –Shana Alexander
It lets us see the big picture in a flash of insight.
“When most I wink, then do my eyes best see.” –William Shakespeare
When we wink at the stars, they wink back.
“The universe is not indifferent to our existence – it depends on it.” –Stephen Hawking
What is it like to eye the universe and see that it is us?
“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” –Rumi