“Do you know, it’s funny, but I never thought of being blind as a disadvantage, and I never thought of being black as a disadvantage.” – Stevie Wonder
“I am what I am. I love me! And I don’t mean that egotistically – I love that God has allowed me to take whatever it was that I had and to make something out of it.” – Stevie Wonder
“Eyes lie if you ever look into them for the character of the person.” – Stevie Wonder
“Sometimes, I feel I am really blessed to be blind because I probably would not last a minute if I were able to see things.” – Stevie Wonder
I can’t imagine anyone not agreeing that Stevie Wonder is a gift from God to the world. Even if you don’t particularly like his Soul/R&B genre of music, his message reigns clearly that he is all about love.
I promise to explain within this post why I believe, “I Can See Like Stevie Wonder Y’all.” Actually, I will go further and state that I am nothing special. I believe that we all have the capability to see like Stevie Wonder. I will tell you why, and back it with science.
Here’s a summary of Stevie’s Career, watch the bio video below for more details.
Stevie Wonder was born premature, and lost his sight as an infant, while in an incubator for an extended period. As a result, he was kept indoors, as a child. The radio and musical instruments become his best friends. He was self-taught. By age 9 he was proficient with piano and other instruments. By age 13 he had his first No. 1 hit, Fingertips, on the Motown label. Stevie has remained successful from the 1960s until today, with a career that spans over 40 years!
He is regarded worldwide as a music icon. But he is also regarded as an activist, and propagator of Love and World Peace. He was instrumental in getting President Ronald Reagan to approve MLK Day as a national holiday, and campaigned and sang Signed, Sealed, Delivered at Obama campaign events.
What impresses me most about Stevie Wonder, however, is his consistent theme of Love and Peace in his songs. At a point in his career, he stood up to gain complete control over his creativity. This milestone led to the creations of masterpieces such as Music of my Mind, Songs in the Key of Life, Talking Book, Innervisions, and Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants, where he describes plants and nature that he has never seen before. No one had been so profound in their messaging, making Love & Peace ‘cool’, and marketable in the music industry. God bless you, Stevie!
Considering that Stevie is blind, his accomplishments and talents are simply amazing, or so it seems. However, science, according tosay that we don’t really see with our eyes. We actually see with cells in the brain.
“While we are accustomed to saying that we see with eyes, we actually see with the specialized cells in the occipital lobe located in the posterior region of the brain. As we know, blind individuals can learn to read, walk, talk and recognize objects and people without using the retinal-cortical pathways. Sighted individuals can produce visual images in the brain through the sense of touch, where we use our minds, rather than our eyes, to visualize.” – Brain World – Brain-Sight: Can Touch Allow Us to “See” Better Than Sight? – Kenneth Wesson
The brain simply interprets signals that the eyes send it. And when the eyes don’t send messages, the other senses don’t just sit around idle. They compensate for the senses that are not doing its job, sending perception signals to brain cells to accommodate sight.
Maybe Stevie isn’t so amazing biologically since senses work much the same for us all. …Me and you too. But he is still amazing for his talent. With all my senses functioning well, I could never and will never create the beauty that he already has.
But, I can see like Stevie Wonder. You can too. For me, it’s because I am not distracted by what my eyes may see. Just because my eyes see things does not vindicate its truth. There are many illusions out there in people, situations, gifts, opportunities, trials, and fears.
Through regular meditation, prayer, and positivity, I escape whatever my senses try to convince me is ‘real’ or ‘truth’. The ‘reset’ and clarity I get from these rituals frees me from seeing things ordinarily, the way The American Public, friends, family, or my own ego may see them. It certainly helps me to decipher through all the BS.
And when I do, there’s no analysis involved in the process. ….I just receive a simple gut feeling. Well, the gut does communicate with the brain, but that’s another post, on another day.
Lately, I have been in a very trans-formative state of mind, seeing inwardly, just like Stevie. Now, let’s enjoy some Stevie Wonder, an original poem, and further information for you to review for yourself, as I have.
Like Stevie Wonder
By Kevy Michaels
Maybe if I were a blind man
There would be things I couldn’t see
…Like the state of my condition
Or the destruction of our humanity
But God made me like Stevie Wonder
My visions are vivid and deep
…In silent meditation
My beliefs are undistracted
By what my eyes have seen
If I weren’t a sensitive man
I would be too selfish to really care
I wouldn’t sense the spirit in those who I meet
Or sense the seasons’ change
As written in the air
But I even cry to my television
As if it really cared about me
I used to run out to help everyone
Ignoring my own miseries
If I weren’t such a perceptive man
This journey would be easier for me
I wouldn’t stop to observe every site
Thinking I’d reached my destiny
But God gave me insight
I see what’s invisible to the naked eye
Now I have a responsibility
To reconcile my faith
With thoughts that flood my mind
God made me perfect as I am
Sometimes I can see
My very soul
Each day I’m writing a legacy
Evolving in this role
…Kind of like Stevie Wonder
I always thought that this song would be a good ‘New Beginning Song’.
Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life – Live 1969 – 62,027 views – Dave Harris – Published on Jun 9, 2017
…A bit of humor….
Stevie Wonder Carpool Karaoke = 38,712,339 views – The Late Late Show with James Corden – Published on Sep 15, 2015
Stevie Wonder talks about visualizing instruments (Ear Say ’84) – 20,845 views – screenocean – Published on Jul 6, 2012
How Blind People Actually See the World – 481,348 views – BRIGHT SIDE – Published on Mar 6, 2018
Making Sense of the World, Several Senses at a Time – Sensory cross-talk helps us navigate the world – By Lena Groeger – February 28, 2012
When one experiences Transformation, as I have, they will experience the virtues of Inspiration, Hopefulness, Spirituality, Determination, Patience, Creativity, Healing, Prayer & Meditation, Self-Love, Communion With Nature, and Courage. – Kevy Michaels