It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. In a way this seems a bit ironic. In our culture we look people in the eyes, strangers included. How interesting this is the gateway to our souls, yet everyone has access.
After a couple google searches, I read that there is some clout behind this belief. Science has explored this concept, and psychologists have linked the eyes to a person’s emotional state.
The pupil, just like the aperture on a vintage Minolta camera, dilates or contracts based on the light. The more light, the smaller the pupil becomes, the darker it is the bigger the pupil becomes. Congratulations, you pass the 3rd grade!
Psychologists have taken this a step further by linking pupil dilation to sexual or social interest. According to studies, people who are aroused or interested in something (or someone) socially, the larger their pupil becomes. Conversely, if someone is just not that into you apparently his pupils are much smaller. (Note to self: don’t go to the bar after visiting the eye doctor. I don’t want to give off mixed signals.)
This makes sense because pupil size is not under our voluntary control. We don’t think to ourselves, “Make my pupil bigger for this selfie!” Although I’m sure there is a filter or an app for that.
Having a barometer of our emotional state through the eyes is pretty… eye opening! Powerful really. Just think of all the times a guy wasn’t into me. Had I seen their eyes, I could have read that better and redirected the conversation to the Super Bowl. Then my pupils, too, would have been tiny.
But are the eyes really an entry point into one’s soul?
Jesus spoke about the eyes reflecting a spiritual light or spiritual darkness within our souls. (Side note for you non-history buffs, this was well before the aperture to the camera was invented).
“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.” Matthew 6:22-23
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be “single” to receive spiritual lightness. The King James Version keeps us on our toes.
A more layman version translates “single” into “healthy.” In other words, if our spirits and souls are healthy, we shall be filled with spiritual lightness.
I believe this is absolutely true. Think of the concept of gratitude, thanksgiving and forgiveness. (One of my favorite all-American college football holidays).
Truly having gratitude, forgiving others and allowing our souls to bring in light, is the aperture of the soul.
Obviously I’m interested in this concept (not just multi-colored yams and Snoopy floats). I have also recently dabbled in photography so I decided to experiment with this a bit.
What can I “see” about a person when gazing into his or her eyes?
I’ll let you do the observing. Be mindful a facial expression may sway an opinion one way or another. Yet the results still might surprise you….
Published by Katie Jones