Icons are not just pictures or art, but have a living spiritual dimension beyond just the material form by which they are seen. When we look at an icon we are entering in some mysterious way into a relationship with the person or event depicted, and this is a two-way relationship. This is a mystery that cannot be fully explained but can be directly felt.
After coming to a particular holy person or subject of an icon then, the best way to choose one is to notice if you are feeling drawn to any particular image. That means that at this time we can have a dynamic interaction with that icon and person or event over a longer period of time. It is not an intellectual exercise, but deeper than just the rational mind, just like love is more, or respect, or admiration. Let us choose by being quiet and open to “see” an image, an icon that appeals directly to us. Blessed picking!
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