Seeing Through Someone Else’s Lens

As the saying goes, “Seeing is believing.” But how much of the world can we actually see? Apparently, not that much, according to scientists. Most of us can only see one-thousandth of the light spectrum. The information exists, but human eyes just don’t have the capability to see it—at least not yet. We acquire knowledge and information through our five senses, primarily our eyes. If the ability to see is limited, we have to ask ourselves, “How much am I really seeing? Does the next person see differently from me?” The answer is yes.

Everyone has his or her own angle to look at the external world. For example, many people can witness the same beautiful sunset—but each person sees it differently because they themselves are different. One may be taken aback by the sky awash with multiple colors while another may feel the warmth of the golden yellows and pinks. Still another may not focus on the colors, but instead be reminded of a childhood memory.

As with many things in life, it’s all about perspective. In the early part of the twentieth century, Einstein showed us that when we look at anything with a different lens, what we see will be different. This can be applied to so many aspects of our daily lives. You may question why one candidate received a job offer for a position you seemed more qualified for, or why a friend was asked to lead a volunteer effort and you were overlooked. It may even spill over into your personal life, where a long-term relationship ends because one person no longer feels fulfilled.

In these instances, it is human nature to feel overwhelmed, sad, and even angry. These are the range of human emotions that we must process. But once those initial feelings are over, we must learn to let go of them so they don’t impact our health. Start by internalizing Einstein’s advice and viewing the experience or event through a different lens. Ask yourself—if no two individuals truly see exactly the same event, how can I think about this differently? How can I tap into my partner’s emotions and understand why he was feeling unfulfilled? Did the other candidate have more global skills even though my resume was stronger?

Once we learn to ask questions such as these and see life through many different angles, we can begin to interpret these experiences in many different ways. Grand Master Lu often says, “Everything in life has a reason and a purpose.” These lessons are there to help us process our feelings in a healthy way and to learn from our experiences so the tough times only serve to make us stronger.


Excerpted from Digesting the Universe: A Revolutionary Framework for Healthy Metabolism Function. Get your copy here.