So tell me again about the third eye. Does “right view” come from higher consciousness or insight? Can anyone be a see-er, or seer, to understand more than what our optical nerves can detect? Does meditation, strengthen this mental skill, or does qigong enhance our visual abilities?
“Richard Rohr says the concept of the third eye is a metaphor for non-dualistic thinking, the way the mystics see.” Third eye – Wikipedia Rohr says there are three levels of sight: sensory input, then reason or reflection, and ultimately, the mystical gaze which builds on the first two to arrive at insight.
Or is it more biological, such as the pineal gland that resides between the two hemispheres of the brain? Something that can sense light without needing the optical nerves in our physical eyes. Like knowing where to go and how to navigate in deep darkness.
I don’t know much about auras, or chakras, or perceptions of invisible worlds, yet there have been times I’ve “seen” things that guide me in one direction over another. Where does our “intuition” come from? That ability to know something “in our gut” without needing to collect facts and reason them out.
Or am I confusing the metaphysical with just plain common sense? My wife likes to tease me when I ponder something that’s so obvious for her. She regularly quotes from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: “You just keep thinkin’ Butch. That’s what you’re good at.” I always forget to respond “I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals”. 🙂