Visio Divina translates to 'Sacred Looking' and is a way for us to engage any visual art as a source of sacred connection. Visio Divina has been practiced for thousands of years and is rooted in the belief that the Divine is everywhere; the sacred and the secular are on in the same. The rocks, trees, dances, stones, paintings, oceans, photographs and sculptures are all showing us new expressions of the Sacred if we only we look with intention and reverence.
It is so rare that we look at a photo or a painting for more than a few seconds, Visio Divina encourages us to savor what is right before our eyes. Benedictine Abbess and Art Therapist, Christine Vaulters Painter, writes, "This kind of seeing is our ability to receive the world around us at a deeper level than surface realities." By giving an image our precious time and attention in this way, we are able to draw new insights about ourselves and find a well of sacred connection within a piece of art.
Find some quiet time, half an hour works well, and follow the simple Visio Divina instructions below and embrace this sacred aesthetic experience.