Light is God

Harvey Lloyd, USA

Artist, photojournalist and writer. Has spent over 40 years and traveled more than a million and-a-half miles witnessing and recording life on Earth through his lens.

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(Submitted by the author)

Our eyes do not see, any more than our computer thinks. Our eyes are marvelous tools for recording and transmitting photons of light to our brains in the form of electrical signals. Beginning at the retina, a series of computer-like programs analyze, censor, delete and send certain amounts of information to various parts of the brain. This is not widely understood. Most of us were raised and taught that we ‘see’ with our eyes.

Recent studies of how the eye and brain work together bring to light the uncanny fact that it is our brains, and not our eyes, which ‘see’ and control our vision and that it is our early conditioning and genetic inheritance which determine how and what we see.

Intimations of Immortality
Wordsworth, in his poem, ‘Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood’ wrote:

“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Appareled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;
Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.”

«The human mind is not capable of grasping the universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered from floor to ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books ... a mysterious order which it doesn’t comprehend, but only dimly suspects.»* Albert Einstein.

Each of us is that happy child for whom all of creation, from the earth to the starry universe, awaits recognition.

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity revealed a new world in which the speed of light could not be surpassed, and where time was not a universal clock – his concept of the space-time continuum. He saw into the hidden workings of the universe. Each of us, genius or not, is capable of seeing beyond the veil of self-imposed or peer-imposed ‘reality.’

A rainbow of wonders
Firstly, we need to understand that our eyes are as miraculous, or even more so, than the Hubble Space Telescope. They are not windows. Our open eyes gather quintillions of photons every minute. Such a myriad of riches must be organized. Our eyes and our brains have been marvelously trained by evolution to do just this. They are trained to work at our daily tasks, but not to reveal the hidden world around us.

We see everything, but we hide most of what we see behind a veil in order to avoid being overwhelmed.

It’s necessary to be overwhelmed now and then, to penetrate the veil, like a deep-sea diver overcoming his initial fear of drowning. Underwater photographic techniques have revealed the astonishing rainbows of wonders beneath the surface of the sea to eyes and brains that had no preconditioning, and therefore censored nothing. We glory in these wondrous visions, while all around us, on Terra Firma, a thousand visions go unnoticed.

Image credit: Harvey Lloyd: 'Breaking the Light':



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