Seeing beautiful things or nothing

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

– Camille Pissarro

After the initial awakening shift, I saw immense beauty everywhere. That was the main reason I got into art and photography, to see if I could capture the beauty I could see everywhere. At the time, the immensity of the beauty was almost painful, and these days it’s much more quiet.

There is an interesting turnaround to this quote.

Blessed are those who see nothing in (beautiful or not) things in (humble or not) places.

I notice myself as nothing, as awake nothing full of the world as it appears to me, and here, I notice all as nothing. Blessed are those who see nothing in anything, because it means they notice their true nature and all as having that same true nature.

When I write this, I am aware it can sound abstract, mysterious, or a fantasy. In reality, it’s what we all are in our own first person experience, if we notice. It’s already more familiar to us than we know.

I can find some truth in other turnarounds as well, for instance…

Cursed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.

Yes, if I assume they should see it, or if I take it to mean I am alone and isolated.

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