It was Leonardo da Vinci who said, “Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses--especially, learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” Or so we are told, recently. I never heard it directly from the Master’s mouth myself, but it is worthy of him, nonetheless.
There is a science to art, a real and methodical technique that can be counted on to produce predictable results. Study this science through the mind and watch it be reflected in the art of the senses. And there is an art to science as well. There is a certain flare, a certain intuitive feeling that the scientist engages in before heading to the lab to produce concrete results. Study this art of feeling and watch it be transformed into brilliant experiments that appear to be led by a divine hand.
|Enduring the waves.|
Especially, though, learn how to see. A baby is born seeing, but it is not the eyes da Vinci was talking about. True vision involves an unspoken understanding of situations, and the eyes are not necessary for that. We must realize that everything connects to everything else. The web is complete; there is no separation. A pebble thrown into the water creates waves that do not stop. They eventually become so infinitesimal, that they no longer matter.
Except maybe they do. Maybe it’s not the immortal wave that matters but that the pebble was tossed in the first place. As soon as it is thrown in, it affects its surroundings and they, in turn, affect other things. I can’t control the pebbles that someone throws on the other side of the Earth, but I can decide how I want to react to those who have reacted to the pebbles, and I can decide whether or not I want to throw my own pebbles in.
And while all the pebbles are being thrown or not, reacted to or not, there is the undulating rhythm of the Universe that continues on and on in an irresistible wave, and each of us is caught up inextricably in the dance. This part is not a choice. We may choose to not interact with the pebbles of others, but we may not choose to forgo the dance altogether. The Great Alchemist does not allow it. Our marionette strings are pulled this way and that; our permission is never sought.
But if we learn how to see the marionette strings, we see that there is a science to them, and in seeing the science, we learn the art. And in learning the art, we toss the pebble in.