Among our morning inspirational readings, my wife and I read from Mark Nepo’s The Book of Awakening.  The December 31st reading is entitled “I See You!”

According to Nepo, in the African bush when one person comes upon another, the first person acknowledges the others’ presence by declaring “I see you!”  In response, the other says “I am here!”  However, this is not a surface interaction that, in the modern Western world might go more like: “Hey good to see you!” answered by “Yep, good to be here.”

Instead it carries a deeper recognition and SEEING of the other.  It is, in fact, an acknowledgement that “I see the Creator in you!”  The response of “I am Here!” conveys that “I am seen and I am present with you.”  Both statements also suggest that, in seeing and being seen, we are honoring our relationship and coming together as Co-Creators.

If you are one of the zillions who have seen the blockbuster movie, Avatar, you know that “I see you!” is a central philosophy of the Nabe people in the film.

The next time you see a friend or a loved one – or even a colleague – try this: instead of a mere hello, look them in the eye and with the thought of “I see the Creator in you!” tell them “I see you!”