I have recently been introduced to Visio Divina (Latin for ‘divine seeing’). Some of you may know or have heard of Lectio Divina—which is praying with Scripture. Visio Divina is a method for praying with images or other media. I thought I would use this article to give you an opportunity to try this kind of prayer.
When you are ready, begin looking at the image below, taking your time to let feelings and thoughts come to you as you take in forms, figures, colors, lines, textures, and shapes. What does it look like, or remind you of? What do you find yourself drawn to? What do you like and not like? What are your initial thoughts? What feelings are evoked?
The initial stage of your prayer is to notice your responses without judgment or evaluation. Simply acknowledge that this is how you are responding. If you have an initial response, acknowledge it, but stay open to the possibility of receiving more as you continue looking at the image. The nature of this prayer is that you stay with the image until you feel you have gotten what you were meant to receive, or see within yourself. I would love to hear what your experience was like—so share with me.