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  1. Spend time in silence and be still. Quiet your mind by inhaling and exhaling several times. It might be beneficial to close your eyes so that you can practice “seeing with the heart”. This is not a time for deeper concentration, but a letting go and visually “listening” to the Divine as it “woos” or reaches out to you.
  1. As you focus on a painting be sensitive to where your eyes are drawn naturally….. What is shimmering and standing out from the rest of the painting? ….. What are you drawn to in this painting? ….. Is there movement in the painting?… Are there patterns?….. How do light and shadow dance together?…. Allow your attention to roam, and trust the Divine to lead your eyes.
  1. Stay focused on the “shimmer point” you were just drawn to. Open your heart and listen for what gifts might be coming to you out of the painting. What is the artist trying to evoke in people who view his/her work?
  1. Rest in the presence of the Divine in the painting and within yourself. What is the Divine challenging in you? Does this painting move you to any action?

Three questions to ask:

1) What are you drawn to in this painting?

2) What is the artist trying to evoke in the viewer?

3) Does this painting move you to any action?

(With gratitude and credit to Rev. D.G. Hollums, a United Methodist pastor in Rio Rancho, NM, who developed this spiritual method of working with his photography and was kind enough to share his ideas. He can be reached for inquiries about his work at   www.hollumsphotography.com)