1: one that sees
2 (a): one that predicts events or developments; (b): a person credited with extraordinary moral and spiritual insight
3: one that practices divination especially by concentrating on a glass or crystal globe.
Seer (n.): late 14th century, “one to whom divine revelations are made,” agent noun from see (v.). Originally rendering Latin videns, Greek bleptor (from Hebrew roeh) in Bible translations (such as I Kings ix:9). Literal sense of “one who sees” is attested from early 15th century.
“We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.”
Deepak Chopra (b. 1947, Indian American author of more than 80 books, doctor, and pioneer and advocate of integrative medicine)
“One needs a Seer’s Vision and an Angel’s voice to be of any avail. I do not know of any Indian man or woman today who has those gifts in their most complete measure.”
Sarajini Naidu (1879-1949, aka “the Nightingale of India,” political activist, feminist, poet-writer, and first Indian woman to be president of the Indian National Congress and to be appointed an Indian state governor)
“The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities which make seeing impossible, he betrays the trust which his fellows have tacitly placed in him.”
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, author and screenwriter, best known for his 1932 novel, “Brave New World”)
“The first study for the man who wants to be a poet of knowledge of himself, complete: he searches for his soul, he inspects it, he puts it to the test, he learns it. As soon as he has learned it, he must cultivate it! I say that one must be a seer, make oneself a seer. The poet becomes a seer through a long, immense, and reasoned derangement of all of the senses. All shapes of love suffering, madness. He searches himself, he exhausts all poisons in himself, to keep only the quintessences. Ineffable torture where he needs all his faith, all his superhuman strength, where he becomes among all men the great patient, the great criminal, the great accursed one – and the supreme Scholar! For he reaches the unknown! ... So the poet is actually a thief of Fire!”
Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, “He was the enfant terrible of French poetry in he second of the nineteenth century and a major figure in symbolism”)
“I say that one must be a seer, make oneself a seer. The poet becomes a seer through a long, immense, and reasoned derangement of all of the senses. All shapes of love suffering, madness. He searches himself, he exhausts all poisons in himself, to keep only the quintessences.”
— Arthur Rimbaud
All of us in our own unique ways are seers, and as seers it’s not about predicting events outside of ourselves, but about recognizing when one sees oneself in another person. External and internal visions are important in equal measure, but so is the challenge to understand and process our insights. Our visions and dreams are portals to further spiritual transformation.
As we shift our lives it’s natural to want to feel a sense of control and command over our lives. But life’s transitions will sometimes push us to unveil ourselves and to face our vulnerabilities, and that means letting go of who we think we are and what we think we know.
It takes courage to open one’s eyes and really see what is in front of us, and to accept what is instead of the fairy tales we would like our lives to be. A meaningful life is about the seeking and the self-examination of our truths.
Stay curious and honest, sojourners, especially during these challenging and magnificent times.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya