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What we see in nature is only what we are able to perceive and it is dependent on our own mind and sensitivity to it Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Nature essay often refers to nature as though it were somewhat of an apparition containing a great deal of surface value In order to tap into the spiritual into the over-soul the facade of nature must be penetrated to be experienced It is the responsibility therefore of the viewer to attempt to see through the surface of the physical which is a manifestation of the Spirit which will in turn allow him to find the relation between nature and our conscious selves Here Emerson questions the relationship of nature in regard to the man who perceives it In Experience he states All things swim and glitter Our life is not so much threatened as our perception Ghostlike we glide through nature and should not know our place again This passage is especially reminiscent of Emersons transparent eyeball image in Nature He uses this metaphor to illustrate the union with the Spirit which he feels yet within which he also loses his individual identity in this fleeting sense of wholeness when he is transparent and in perfect unity with the Universe And like the transparent eyeball we glide ghostlike in this Universe in a series where we do not know the extremes In this sense Emerson refers to vision perception and the eye which become the links between man and nature and mans ability to tap into nature spiritually In both Nature and Experience what we see is what we can comprehend and once the surface can be broken through spiritual unification may be attainable In Experience Emerson states Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them It depends on the mood of the man whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem This idea corresponds closely with Emersons
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