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If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that what we see with our eyes is incomplete. We’ve never seen COVID, but it’s all around us. Even if we’ve been vaccinated, it’s still all around us.

“Seeing is believing.” Remember that adage? Sometimes we “can” see something, but it’s not what it appears. Magicians are expert at this. We don’t see the card slide up the sleeve.

Sight is one of our primary senses, but it’s unreliable and the stories we glean from what we see are told by an unreliable narrator.

What’s more valuable is what we don’t see, what we don’t understand, what we don’t grasp. Closing our eyes puts us into our imagination where we “see” nothing, but may, in fact, see more than if we keep our eyes open. Everything is memory or imagined from memory (also unreliable). But it’s all on an even playing field. What we “see” is in our heads. What we “imagine” is in our heads. And out come the stories.

I often close my eyes when I want to “see” something, to shut out external, unreliable sensory impressions and focus on what my body and brain tell me. Things are often clearer then. I’m better able to mentate my way through something.

I would hate to be blind, but I’m grateful for the ability to close my eyes and imagine.

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