“To reveal the hidden 3D illusion, hold the centre of the the image right up to your nose. It should be blurry. Focus as though you are looking through the image into the distance. Very slowly move the image away from your face until you begin to perceive depth. Now hold the page still and the hidden image will slowly appear.
Once you perceive the hidden image and depth, you can look around the entire 3D image. The longer you look, the clearer it becomes.The farther away you hold the page, the deeper it becomes.”
These are the instructions to help you see the magic eye 3D pictures in a book we have at home. It is described as the “diverging your eyes” method. Apparently this is the only method that will work to see the images in the book we have.
Earlier this week Toby and I were looking at this book at his bedtime. He was getting frustrated as I could see all the pictures, but he couldn’t. I remember a long time ago trying and trying to see some of these pictures, until one day it just clicked and I could see them.
As we were looking at the book, we turned to the page at the beginning which described how to see the pictures. And that’s where we saw the words above. As I read them, Father was showing me so much. How we can apply these things spiritually too.
The first that caught my attention was this.
“Focus as though you are looking through the image into the distance.”
We all live with a perceived reality. That is the physical world in which we live. The physical things we can see and touch and experience. The situations and circumstances that arise from living in this physical world. Much can appear confusing, a jumbled up mess. But scripture encourages us not to look to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen, which are more real.
I’ve mentioned before that Stephen Verney says in his book Water into Wine that John reveals something quite unique as he writes about Jesus. He reveals two levels, “ano” and “kato”, essentially up and down, or physical and Spirit. Verney talks of John showing us that these two levels co-exist. They are present at the same time. Yet one is deeper, clear, peaceful. This level reveals a greater reality. As a friend told me the other day, Richard Rohr uses the phrase “The Really Real.”
“Very slowly move the image away from your face until you begin to perceive depth. Once you perceive the hidden image and depth, you can look around the entire 3D image. The longer you look, the clearer it becomes. The farther away you hold the page, the deeper it becomes.”
Perhaps we do have to distance ourselves from our perceived reality? But in doing this, we begin to see the depth of a greater reality. We are enticed to look deeper, to see the fullness of this. This reality becomes more real to us than our perceived reality. That is the Really Real. We are free to explore!
But you know what these 3D pictures reveal? Whilst we must distance ourselves from the image, looking beyond the image to the distance, we find that what we are looking for is hidden within all the time. When we see the depth, the fullness of the image, we realise that it was there all along. The hidden image actually seems closer, more real than the original image. The longer we look the clearer it becomes. We can explore the entire hidden 3D image and see this greater reality.
This is how it is with Jesus. We may spend our time looking beyond, into the distance, trying to find a greater reality, but then we find that the greater reality has been hidden within all the time. As we grow and we know where to fix our focus, we see clearly this greater reality within us. And this greater reality shapes our perceived world in a whole new way. The world we knew takes on depth, and shape, and clarity. And a beauty that was missing in the confusion.
There is one more thing that I found on a website. It is that when we use the diverging eye method to see these images, the focusing lens has to relax. That is exactly what Jesus is showing us isn’t it? Relax, abide, remain. Be. Don’t strive or stress. You will see a greater reality within if you learn to simply be.
Let me encourage you to try the magic eye 3D images out if you haven’t tried them before! First the natural, then the spiritual. 🙂
Eat the Living Bread, drink the Living Water.
P.S. Sarah has just messaged me to say it’s funny that I post this about seeing today of all days. It’s World Sight Day. 🙂