One of the most famous quotations from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
For more than sixty years, this quote has been repeated by countless readers and fans. Despite the passage of time, it retains its freshness to help us understand more about our true nature.
All too often we look around us and judge life by what we can experience with our senses. Living a condition-based life is the result of that sensory training. In part, of course, we do want to enjoy our senses. This is a physical world and we are not meant to suffer and experience privation, no matter how many times we’ve been taught it is somehow noble to be poor and destitute. That’s Old Worldview thinking that says “Life happens to you—you’ll just have to endure!” When we constantly look at what’s going on outside of us, however, we start judging ourselves and others based on material things. Feelings of inferiority or superiority can result.
In addition, putting our faith in what we can see gives us a distorted view because we are actually viewing the results of old thoughts, not the new thoughts we have right now which are still in the invisible stage of manifesting their matching results.
If you’ve been practicing affirmations and meditating and wonder why something bad just happened, understand it’s not a result of the affirmations you are doing today.
We don’t manifest instantly. Instead there’s a much needed time-lapse between our thoughts and the results they produce. This is a good thing, because that buffer allows us to keep finetuning our desires, and to catch ourselves when we’re on a tailspin.
Think about what is essential to you in your life. At first we might focus on material comforts and necessities like food, clothing and a place to live. But go beyond that and allow yourself to recognize what is most important to you. If all of the material things were stripped away, what would still be essential to you? Love, family, the ability to create joy? It may surprise you how much the other parts of life simply become icing on the cake, while the true substance is what you are seeing clearly with your heart, as in The Little Prince.