Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, which is true. People find beauty in music, nature, a person, fashion, an idea, and many other things. But there is always one commonality among people, even if they are experiencing different objects as beautiful. They are all having an enjoyable experience. One may find beauty in the sound of a waterfall and the clear blue waters of the sea, while another absolutely loves the designs of human made structures like houses and buildings. Someone may enjoy the simplicity of taking a walk in the woods, while another can’t get enough of the technical intricacies of a semiconductor. But either way, each person who perceives beauty is also experiencing enjoyment.
But what is it that actually makes the experience of beauty enjoyable? Why do we love gorgeous sunsets, tropical beaches, attractive people, beautiful music and poetry, and all the rest? Whenever you see something beautiful, there is something magical happening. Many people are likely to miss it, but if you pay attention you will see. Whenever you have an experience of beauty, you are actually getting a sneak peak at consciousness.
This is because beauty is not something tangible, something with form. Beauty is formless, just like consciousness. Beauty itself IS consciousness. When you recognize the beauty of something, you are actually recognizing consciousness-both in yourself and in the object. Usually we misperceive the beauty as belonging to the object (beautiful mountain, attractive person, lovely music, etc.), but actually the beauty belongs to the consciousness itself.
In fact it is one of the most wonderful aspects of consciousness. It’s one of the reasons why if you have the good fortune to meet a spiritually realized person, you notice that they are happy all of the time. Since they have had such a deep realization of consciousness, they experience beauty no matter where they are or what is happening. Imagine what it would be like to experience continuous joy, as if every moment were like listening to a beautiful piece of music or taking a walk in the most gorgeous places on earth. Imagine if every time you saw someone, no matter who they were, you perceived them as being incredibly beautiful and attractive. What an amazing life!
Try an experiment to get a taste of what this can be like. Throughout the day be on the look out for anything that appears beautiful to you. When you do, take the time to stop, be quiet, and notice the beauty. Try and be aware of the beauty itself. Not so much the form that seems beautiful, but the actual experience of beauty that is happening along with the form. If you do this, you’ll notice that your mind starts to become quiet, calm, and peaceful. Gradually the beautiful object will not seem as important as before, because you will experience the inner beauty of your own consciousness. In other words, you come to rest in the beauty itself.
This is the way consciousness is beckoning to you, trying to draw you in. It is using beauty to try and call you back to your true home. Will you answer the call?