What is good about seeing what is not visible? “Look not upon the things that are seen, but upon the things that are not seen (Paul)”. The qualities of God are not seen. “As thou seeist so thou beist”. By learning to see the unseen, we become transformed and are redeemed. Our senses give us information about form and formlessness. That which is tangible is form. That which is intangible is formless. Form is formlessness and formlessness is form. Both are parts of the material world and can be perceived with our senses. A table has form and the color green has no form. Seeing relates to the five senses, and beyond. Skin sees form and texture. Ears see sound and the direction of sound. Perception is the ability to see with our senses. Perception leads to judging by appearances. Why is it so difficult to become enlightened? It is difficult, because we have to learn to see beyond perception, to reality.
Cognition is seeing with our intellect. As we grow, we develop preconceived ideas about what should be and what shouldn’t be. These ideas take over our faculty of seeing, so we don’t see what is, but instead we see what we think is. Visualization gives us ideas of what should be. The more we practice visualization/imagination the less we see what really is. The same is true of imagination. Empathy, Empathy, Antipathy, Telepathy and Intuition are all way of seeing unreality and so are not helpful. “God is spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Spirit is nonmaterial substance. Describing spirit, Jeasus said to Nicodemus: “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” The seeing, with our perception, is just there to provide contrast to that which really is. What we see is the phenomenal world. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Spiritual discernment is a different way of seeing, we call it awareness. How can the true individual be seen?