In a recent service at First Parish in Concord, I shared this image with the children. I asked my husband Peter Bowden to draw it after the classic illustration by Christopher Cranch. “What do you think this drawing is?” I asked the children. They laughed and cried out, “An alien!” “A monster!” “A mutant!”
I explained that it is actually an illustration of a spiritual experience. When we become a “Transparent Eyeball” as Ralph Waldo Emerson described in his famous essay “Nature”, we have a sense of oneness with everything that surrounds us. When we open our senses to the natural world, we can experience connection with all of creation of which we are a part.
As Emerson wrote in 1836, “Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.”
This coloring page is free for you to use as an educational tool or just for fun!
Download: Transparent Eyeball Coloring Page (PDF)
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For a recent children’s message, I made an easel pad sized drawing of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s TRANSPARENT EYEBALL as first illustrated by Christopher Pearse Cranch (ca. 1836-1838). I took a photo of the black and white Sharpie drawing and turned it into this coloring page. Enjoy!
Amy, This is simply “priceless” and I will share with my newly formed Women Awakening group. As well as with our RE committee and my daughter to use with her son. Thank you.
I am looking forward to seeing Fran, Sandy and others at GA. Love, Winnie
Thanks, Winnie! Happy to know you can use it and even happier to know you are going to GA! See you soon!