Whilst Lectio Divina is the sacred reading of the Scriptures, Visio Divina is about ‘sacred seeing’. It is a method of praying with sacred images or other media, often scriptural images. Visio Divina “invites us to see at a more contemplative pace. It invites us to see all there is to see, exploring the entirety of the image. It invites us to see deeply, beyond first and second impressions, below initial ideas, judgments, or understandings. It invites us to be seen, addressed, surprised, and transformed by God who is never limited or tied to any image, but speaks through them”. Tim Mooney
Visio Divina is about “seeing with the eyes of your heart.” Thinking routines such as See, Think, Wonder and Colours, Shapes, Lines also help to explore art.
‘Sacred Seeing’ is a contemplative method of praying in which we gaze upon a biblical image. We take time to explore it as a whole and then linger upon particular details at our own pace, as the Holy Spirit leads. In this way, we see and perceive things which might have otherwise escaped our attention. What begins as an initial impression leads to a deeper ‘seeing’, perhaps a feeling, a question, and gradually to a deeper understanding of our God who is never limited by an image.