“Seeing is believing” is a popular catchphrase. Its natural corollary has been that “do not believe what you don’t see”. However, our biological eyes have their own limitations in being able to see everything that matters in life. Helen Keller, American Author-Lecturer-Activist, deaf-blind from the age of 1-1/2 years was once asked: Is there anything worse than blindness?
- “Yes, having eyes but no Vision” was the answer, after a pause!
“There is a significant difference between Vision and Visuals”. Invisibles can be seen only through vision which is in the domain of mind and not eyes.
Invisibles in Material World
In the material world itself, we cannot see electricity, magnetism or electromagnetic waves which can be sensed by sensors only. We are talking to the person on the other side of the earth today through “unseen” signals! Electromagnetic waves, light and x-rays, radio signals or infrared, can travel through the vacuum, which also we can’t see. They set up electric and magnetic oscillations, which do not need matter. You can have these fields in a vacuum. Can gravity be seen? It can only be sensed. Even air cannot be seen by our eyes but can be sensed by feel.
Invisibles in Spiritual World
Goodwill, blessings or respect cannot be seen but felt through body language or indirect actions which need to be interpreted. Eyes alone cannot help; you need the support of your mind and intellect (invisibles themselves) to feel them.
So the universe is full of “invisibles” at material and spiritual level. Let us not discard the invisibles! Let us ‘keep our eyes open’ duly supported by other sense organs and “Mind & Intellect” to comprehend the “invisibles”. There is an invisible within us which controls the “Mind & Intellect” and body of course, which when leaves the body makes us “dead”.
Once we realize the invisibles and understand the limitations of our biological eyes, we become conscious of yet unexplored world of invisibles and the avenues of discovery, moving towards completeness.
Power of visualisation to sense Invisibles
Invisibles like peace, purity, power, knowledge and love cannot be seen but visualised and felt. For example a visual of Mansarovar can make you realise peace, a visual of “Boudhi Vraksh” can take you closer to the knowledge or wisdom, a visual of lightening clouds makes you realise power, a visual of Krishna or Buddha can take you closer to purity, Christ in the arms of mother Merry can make you feel love, and so on. Power of visualisation is very strong and you can fill your mind with the great virtues of life by closing your eyes but keeping your mind open to the suggestive prompts.
Invisibles in Management Paradigm
Some of the world’s most talented, accomplished people choose to fly under the radar, not to be noticed. What do anaesthetists, structural engineers, interpreters; cameramen, story/ dialogue writers and background music players in Cinema have in common? When they do their jobs poorly, the consequences can be shattering, but when they do their jobs perfectly . . . They are invisible, explains David Zweig in his book “Invisibles”.
For most of us, the better we perform the more attention we receive. Yet for many invisible skilled professionals whose role is critical to whatever organisation they are a part of – it is the opposite: the better they do their jobs the more they disappear. In fact, only when something goes wrong that they are noticed at all. What has been lost amid the noise of self-promotion today is that not everyone can be in the spotlight. Invisibility can be viewed as a mark of honour and a source of a truly rich life.
Millions of these Invisibles are hidden in every industry. And despite our culture’s increasing celebration of fame in our era of superstar CEOs and assorted varieties of “genius” – they are fine with remaining anonymous.
A book by A.G. Krishnamurthy “The Invisible CEO” brings forth the magnanimity of an unconventional CEO who wants to be in the hearts of his associates rather than in high-profile cocktail circuits and press conferences. He develops a chain of leadership, remaining an invisible dot at the centre of the spiral.
Our subtle faculties generate consciousness
In life many happenings cannot be explained only in material or physical terms. At certain points of crisis or inspiration, there are deep emotional and spiritual experiences which separate us from the world around. We look inwards at such times; in order to understand these experiences.
Indeed, anything perceivable to us comes from two sources; that which is detected by the physical senses and that which arises from impressions recorded on our subtle faculties (thoughts & feelings). When we are in dreams during sleep, we see very real pictures although our biological eyes are closed. This clarifies the role of our invisible internal faculties. The recordings are unwound in the form of dreams. The things that we can see, taste, hear, smell and feel, as well as the body itself are formed of matter. But the subtle faculties of mind, intellect and personality make up what we call consciousness.
In order to live a conscious life of completeness, one has to explore invisibles, not getting restricted by visible only.
Best wishes and Regards,
BE(Hons), M.Tech., Ph.D., CBI-Scholar, D.Engg. (Calif.), FNAE, Hon.D.WRE (USA)
Chairman Emeritus, Great Lakes, Gurgaon, NCR, New Delhi, INDIA
Former Director General (NPTI & CPRI) Govt. of India
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