Visio Divina is a form of divine seeing in which we prayerfully invite God to speak to our hearts as we look at an image. This is an old Christian practice that is still practiced in certain Christian traditions.
This might be new to many, as we are retreating, we are growing in desire for something different, moving away from the ways of doing things that drain us and retreating to something that is life-giving.
Why Visio Divina?
Visio Divina facilitates a relationship with an image or subject, patiently being with it, receptive in mind and heart, perhaps even in dialogue with it. In stillness, we allow the image to reach beyond the intellect and into the unconscious level of our being, a place that can’t be accessed directly. In wonder, we are invited to look at every aspect of an image and ponder it as an encounter with God. It is a way of seeing an aspect of ourselves in God at the non-verbal, heart level. The canvas then becomes alive with personal meaning meant just for us. This is the same movement of the Spirit we can experience with Lectio Divina and Scripture.Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler
What to expect?
- Center and prepare yourself to be still
- Gaze at the image
- Read Passage
- Silently reflect, contemplate, and journal
On your own…
Now look at the image below, you may play the song provided for you below. Spend a few minutes and centering yourself with the song. Take more time for yourself to disengage from whatever is on your mind currently. As you are ready, silently gaze at the image, jot down things that come to you (feelings, memories, thoughts, etc). You can also imagine yourself in this image. Spend a good amount of time here contemplatively looking at the image.
The Story Project
Look at this mural and notice a section or part that you are most drawn to. Dwell and notice the art, people, depiction.
Reflect and journal the following questions that stick out to you most
Questions while looking at the image:
How do you feel looking at the image? What do you notice about this image?
If you were in the image, where would you place yourself ? What do see? What do you hear? Smell?
- How did the image help you understand the passage more or in a new way?
- What resonated with you most? Why? What insights did you receive?
- How will you continue to be expectant of God? Has God revealed to you hope or encouragement?