Seeing through a glass darkly?

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Recently some clients used similar phrases to describe how they were seeing themselves. They said things along these lines:

There’s a window pane between me and life.

I’m seeing life through a veil.

Saint Paul the Apostle wrote about seeing and knowing one’s true self, in a Bible verse which was a letter to the emerging Christian community in Corinth back in the 1st century:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12

General George S. Patton, a military commander in World War 2 for the USA army, also wrote a poem about life and death while striving in battle, using a similar phrase:

So as through a glass and darkly
The age long strife I see

From what clients say to me, therapy helps get a new perspective on things. It helps to see more clearly. They develop a vision for the future. They gain sight of what’s most important. There’s a focus for the future. A different lens brings a different view.

I notice all the language about seeing and visual metaphors.

It’s a joy to behold when their view on life shifts focus.