I liked the film Avatar – during its run it broke all box office records, became the highest grossing film of all time and was the first film to gross more than $2 billion. For those of you who haven’t seen it, you can view a compressed version on YouTube here.
The Na’Vi – the people native to Pandora in the film – greet each other by saying “I see you.” As they explain, “I see you” doesn’t mean ordinary seeing – it means “I see myself in your eyes.” Similar to the Buddhist greeting Namaste – the god in me sees the god in you.
That phrase “I see you” has really stayed with me. How often do we talk to one another, work together, live together, go to school together – we are friends, lovers, parents – and never really see each other?
Do you feel, at times, few people actually see you? Sometimes I think I must be invisible. I really like spending time with people who look in my eyes and are there when we are talking. Aren’t those energizing times? A real soul connection.
Likewise, I am very capable of going through the motions in conversations and not really being there. So, in my life anyway, it works both ways. Since seeing this movie a few years back, I realize how good it feels to be seen and I began to practice truly seeing the other – I’m not perfect at it – and, I’m more aware than I was. So, progress.
Use the Na’Vi meaning of “I see myself in your eyes.” Give it a try – you might be surprised at the self you see in the eyes of the other.