Shaheda, thank you so much for sharing your experience! “In that moment of stillness, my image of myself changed. Previous images of self dissolved, and the information gathered through that one gaze, permeated my neural pathways.” I think this does indeed relate to Joyce’s aesthetic arrest, as you suggest in your response to Marianne.
And your words speak so beautifully to the plasticity of self. I think we often go around assuming that our selves and the selves of others have a fixedness and rigidity that simply doesn’t exist. Our capacity for change — to change, to be changed, and to change others — is one of our greatest, most awe-inspiring gifts. And doesn’t it call for our utmost creativity and consciousness? I believe it does!