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Eyes are Last to See

I got new frames for my prescription glasses this week and wanted to share a glimpse about the eyes. 🤓

The eyes are an intriguing and valuable organ in the body and can even reflect a person’s health. In The Wisdom of Maimonides, the author sources how even the great Jewish sage and physician, Maimonides, would look carefully into the eyes of each patient in order to determine the illness. Also, in foundational Jewish texts like Pirkei Avot 5:19 (Ethics of our Fathers), it’s said that “the disciples of our father Abraham possesses a good eye…”

Furthermore, the eyes can give insight into where a person’s attention is and what a person’s intentions are. In What Every Body is Saying by Ex-FBI agent Joe Navarro (interview I did with his colleague Anne-Maartje), writes that “the eyes can be very accurate barometers of our feelings because, to some degree, we have very little control over them.” He also discusses how the pupils will dilate when we like what we see.

Interesting, so our eyes reflect what may be going on internally, but that seems to show that the eyes are more so windows or projectors. So, what truly sees?

The eyes don’t see. Actually, the eyes are the last to see. The brain sees.

In the brain there is the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which filters information in the brain and blocks out other information in the brain. As talked about by American Lawyer and motivational speaker, Mel Robbins, we each are the one’s that program that filter (!). How we choose to perceive our lives and the situations we experience determines, to a large degree, what we see. There is a quote I often hear from Dr. Joe Dispenza, but just now found the original source in the