When we look at a scene our eyes automatically evaluate what we see in terms of our senses. In this way we define the world in terms of its contours and quality. This is the approach of science, where a view of reality is only accepted once an instrument can independently measure it. Yet what we cannot necessarily see might be vitally necessary for us to live.
In this photograph, the eye naturally focusses upon the mountain, exploring what it can measure, the blue sky providing context and character. However, within the frame but invisible to the camera exists the air we breathe. It fills the entire landscape, extending to the very tip of our nose and even continuing into our blood stream. Who among us could survive more than a few seconds without it? The same could be said for the sunlight that travels through the air, since the camera only records what the sunlight reveals, not the sunlight itself. This is how I believe we must begin to explore our spiritual dimension.
By allowing our reason to include what information our subtle faculties provide us through our intuition, feelings, and interior experience we can begin to increase our perception and heighten our grasp of reality, literally expanding our consciousness. We do not need the help of the scientist to do this, or the theologian. All we require is the sincere effort to independently explore.