Standing on the bare ground,—my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space,—all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and particle of God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 1 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).
This is perhaps Emerson's most famous passage and an index to his notion of the individual's connection to the Divine as well as to his ultimate vision of true knowing. The image of the transparent eyeball is perhaps difficult to summarize, but it clearly ought to dissuade any simplistic ideas of Emersonian individualism.