We often say “seeing is believing.” We believe what we observe is real and true, even though evidence proves that our eyes deceive us. We see things that don’t exist, we remember things that never happened.
Even if you have have 20/20 vision, what you see is shaped by the filter of your biases and awareness. You see what you are looking for, what confirms your pre-existing opinions, and what you are programmed to believe.
It’s not only that we believe it when we see it; it’s that we tend to see it only if we believe it.
If we restrict ourselves to believing only that which we can see, we remain in the dark, oblivious to the most fundamental truths and the most obvious miracles happening right in front of us.
When we’re in the dark, we often believe the voices of doubts and fear, and so we see the reasons why something won’t work.
Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is about bringing truth into the light. Not just the light of the candles, but the light of our awareness. In this light, we see the things, people, ideas, opportunities, that are right in front of us, even if we can’t physically see them.
The truth is not revealed to our eyes; it is revealed to our heart and souls. We know that something is true not because we see it, but because we feel it.
This gives us the miracle of insight: the ability to see in the outer world what we know from within ourselves to be true.