We need not be literally blind to experience Love, but I do think we have to release the perceived boundaries our sensory experiences impose upon us to experience the boundlessness of our true nature. In yoga, this freedom is called moksha – ultimate liberation. We withdraw from the senses (pratyahara), come into deeper contact with the landscape of our inner world, and touch the ineffable light of our own being.
Could those we’ve been taught to think of as disabled be one step ahead of the rest of us on the journey to freedom? Thanks to her “blindness”, Caroline was forced to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and transcend the supposed limits of her capacity for sight. She had to discover a vision from within, an ability to see that came alive only in community with others. I would argue that her “disability” was what allowed her to see the truth of her highest self. We are, in our essence, only love.
“Being absolutely true to yourself is freedom. I never needed eyes to see — never. I simply needed vision and belief. And if you truly believe — and I mean believe from the bottom of your heart — you can make change happen. And we need to make it happen, because every single one of us — woman, man, gay, straight, disabled, perfect, normal, whatever — everyone of us must be the very best of ourselves.”