Psychology of Essentials

A well-known and favorite quote of mine from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is:

“One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Logotherapy is a psychology of essentials that are invisible to the eye.

The spiritual dimension of a person, the part that cannot become ill and that is the source of our striving to find meaning and our capacity to discover it, is invisible to the eye.

The defiant power and all the rest of the powers of the human spirit are invisible to the eye.

Human potential, because of which we presuppose what the person can become and not just see them as they are now, is invisible to the eye.

Love is invisible to the eye.

Values that can be fulfilled in a situation are invisible to the eye.

Tasks that life is expectantly waiting for you to do are invisible to the eye.

Yet all of these things are apparent to the spiritual eye. When we see beyond appearances then we create tangible realities that concretize all that was until now invisible to the eye.

At the end of the day, after these values and loving feelings and potentials and meanings have been made real the essential love or motivation or perception of potential remains invisible to the eye.

One who was incapable of seeing potential was incapable of creating the tangible reality that gave form to the essential and they are incapable of seeing its intangible source even now that it has been given a tangible form.

Only those with spiritual eyes to see, only those with “vision” will be capable of creating something tangible out of “nothing” and draw inspiration once the invisible takes on a visible form.

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