Tears Left for Dead... More than haberdashery
The human eye, it is said, is the window of the soul; a portal one can travel to penetrate personality intothe essence of being. What you see through its fancy window dressing may not be what you expect tosee. For what you see is often seen through the
, or rose-colored glass.The perspective of vision can be altered by what one believes to be true and real, it can be influenced,slanted and warped thus the essence of being is masked by imposing forces. We often have to revelagainst such agents of constructed system. We may instead choose to build our own altered realities infavor of what is both real, and true in the landscape of social schema.
“One of man’s important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I.
Man such as we know him, the "man-machine," the man who cannot "do," and with whom and through whom everything"happens," cannot have a permanent and single I.His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one
he was a moment ago.”
G.I. Gurdjieff, In Search of the Miraculous, P.D. Ouspenksy
One way to accomplish this is through the use of archetypes, costume, and pageantry. We then becomea living and breathing work of Art. Art changes perception, the ordinary can become extraordinary andthe stage upon which we dance is in the eyes you care to travel through. We can become, all that weaspire to become, and we change with each thought we have, that affects our emotionality: The veryessence of our being. The challenge then, is when attachment to these various selves and their feelingsis detrimental to our perceived reality.The eyes then become symbolic of meaning, instead of what they really mean. Biologically speaking,our ocular cavities are but a portal for information. What we see is transformed into electrical impulsesfed to the brain. Light impulses are transformed, and can warp our perception with a bending of thelight. How we see is as amazing as what we see, or in some cases believe that we are seeing. The dance
between the eye and the brain is at times a Waltz, but at others a Raver’s dream within a dream.
It isthe very reason that the eye has been used the world over as a symbol of seeing more than what webelieve is real and true. The symbology study of the eye will lead to an analysis of perception as eachculture uses it to convey social mores and stratum of any given society (historical or modern). The useof references is simply to seek definition, and to extrapolate meaning. What does it all mean?The common thread is that the eye is the pathway to exploring levels of consciousness, and a way toproject it outward to affect others; thereby causing an effect. You will find that the eye has been usedto protect, harm, and connect. There are many interpretations through symbol as well as classes of use.How you use your eyes is more than just seeing, in fact the eyes are used to communicate an unspokenlanguage. The eyes in compliment with other body parts have created an entire classification of communication called body language. The meticulous use of eye-gestures and body movement canoften be stratifying as each person is affected by the language expressed. Equally, the presentation of