Seeing as the Divine

Seeing through Object-Seeing as the Divine

In this exercise, participants will get to imagine themselves as the divine looking at and through the world.  Begin by explaining that as a UU we believe that anyone can be an example of the divine and that a divine sight is available to them.  To start the exercise, you may want to have the participants look through a nearby window and describe what they see.  This is a nice warm up.  Once they have the idea you can expand the idea further.  For example:

Sidecoach: Alright, let’s begin by reaching out with our sight to somewhere you know well.  Take your sight through the walls and to the outside.  I want you to take your sight down the streets all the way to your house.  Think about what you see on your way home.  What does it look like outside?  Who is on the street?

Go through the walls of your home and look around.  What does your house look like?  Is there anyone there?  What are they doing there?

Etc.

You can visit many different places and situations.  Here are some places they could take their sight:

A friend’s house

Somewhere that is experiencing a social injustice (definitely talk about the people there)

To someone that is sad, happy, elated, in pain, in grief, etc.

Somewhere that a person is helping.

There are many more options.  In reverence, talk about what it was like to have divine sight.  Did seeing something make them want to take action?  How did they feel?  Etc.

Adapted from:

Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.

 

Great for the themes of: Divinity, Imagination, and Justice

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