True Love

Sacred Union

Sacred Union

True Love…

To Merge, But Not Submerge,
the Self


Perhaps because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought of this image.
To me, it speaks about what it is to have a successful union (within and without).

A sacred union occurs when we merge with something, but not submerge our true selves and end up being engulfed.

No union can occur when we lose ourselves.

(P.S. I also really love the colors of this one 🙂 Happy Friday!)

A Rainbow of Options

Rainbow of Options

Rainbow of Options


God gave You a rainbow of options
to use-

Why do you insist on removing
some of the colors?

—-
I had an interesting talk with a therapist the other day. She was talking about anger and how so many people think anger is a “bad” response and should be curtailed, at the least, and removed altogether, for the best.

I have never understood this hierarchy of thinking.

It reminds me of the chakras, and believing that you progress upwards through the chakras. That is not true.

All chakras must be open and balanced for an individual to be healthy. It does no good to have widely open sixth and seventh chakras, while the first two are so dysfuctional that the person can barely function in the real world.

I see a similar partitioning of associations when I teach my pathophysiology course. A physician friend and I were talking the other day about how patients may delay seeking help for gastrointestinal issues because of embarrassment and the “low” function we associate with this system.

A functioning GI tract is just as important to any one’s overall health as any other tissue.

When we label things as “bad”, we set ourselves up for ineffective understanding and actions.

This is true for anger. Anger is associated with boundaries. In that way, it is more of a first chakra issue. That does not make it any less valuable.

Anger is the red of the rainbow of options. Would you sometimes prefer to use the green of the heart and seek understanding? Sure.

How about the blue of the throat and communicate and compromise your way to resolution with the other person? That would be great.

Or what if you could just live in the sparkly purple of spirituality and rise above everything that has ever pissed you off? Even better!

But, this is what needs to be remembered- we were given a rainbow of options for a reason.

By fighting for our space, anger helps the other colors of the rainbow emerge.

Taking One for the Team

Cauldron

Cauldron

Sometimes,
it is all about you
and sometimes,
it is so
very not.


The above image is people (or spirits) flying into and out of the cauldron of awareness. There are times when we are facing challenges and heading into the cauldron of awareness. We are being presented with an opportunity to grow and we are just not quite there, yet.

Seldom in these times will we be at our best.

At the same time, we head into the cauldron of awareness, others are heading out of it, for the time being. Having moved through a trial or tribulation, these spirits are on the upswing, until they cycle into the cauldron again.

I created this to remind me that all transitions are temporary. Sometimes, we are heading into the fire. Sometimes, we are exiting the flames.

When we are on the side of exiting the flames, we must remember to be patient and kind to those who are just heading into their challenges. We can assist from the other side, just as we were once assisted.

Let’s not Confuse Survival with Resilience

Resilience

Resilience

Sometimes I think we confuse “resilient” and “survival” at times.

The use of “resilient” may be especially applied when speaking about children (and others) in difficult situations.

I have often heard stated, “Well, you know, children are resilient.”

I have also heard “resilience” applied to abuse survivors, individuals who survive natural disasters, and so on.

I am not taking anything away from these individuals, or the positive sentiments implied by the use of the word “resilient”.

However, one definitions I found for “resilience” captured my concern about usage of this word.

It defined resilience as the “capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation…”

See, this is what I think we miss when we use the word “resilience”. To be truly resilient, based on the above definition, the body (or Being) RECOVERS its size and shape.

I have not found this to be true in those I witness suffering abuse or other traumas.

Certainly, individuals are capable of moving through these experiences.

However, the original state of the person is NOT RECOVERED, thus based on the definition I provided above, “resilience” can not be applied to describe these individuals.

The body (or Being) of the person does not return to its size and shape- it has been forever modified by the experience.

So, when I hear people speak about children suffering or others who are supposedly “resilient”, I often transpose their sentiments in my mind and use the word “surviving” in place of “resilient”.

The term “surviving’ conjures up an entire different emotional sense and awareness.

We can no longer absolve ourselves of our collective responsibility for those suffering, by saying “Well, they are resilient” (meaning: We needn’t worry too much. Those who we label as “resilient” will return to their original size and shape, as good as new, once this is all over.)

We should be saying instead, “Well, they are surviving”.

And with the word “surviving” we begin to capture the struggles, and perhaps, more importantly, give up the ideas that all will be “fine”, because “resilient” objects, no matter what they suffer, are expected to return to their original size and shape.

Exposure

Exposure

Exposure


How can I miss you
when you show your Self

Exposure is your choice
Not a concern of mine

What I dislike and am
required to stand against

is that with your exposure
you expect to control my Mind

—–
This is a figure laying on one side with a leg raised, exposing him or her self. I was going to draw in genitalia, but I didn’t like what it added to the picture, so I took it out.

It is playing with the idea of exposure of one’s self during this age where we have the potential to reveal so much more of ourselves to so many more people.

I see this as a sword that cuts both ways.

We, collectively, have learned so much from those who were once hidden (forced into hiding) having a venue to expose themselves.

Revealing such matters is an act of sacred power in my mind- simply because what has been seen can not be unseen. You may not like what you see, but you can not now un-see it. And someone by exposing themselves is staking a claim to this power (and risk) and claiming- “You will see me now”.

On the other hand, this exposure, of course, can be used by some to manipulate and control our perceptions. Some confuse exposing one’s self with controlling how one will be perceived by another. As in, “You will see ME this way NOW.”

I may not have the choice to “un-see” something once seen. BUt, I will always have the choice in how I think of such exposure.

The Difference Between Loving and Objectifying

Loving

Loving

In the Spirit of Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit:


Go.

Find your Favorite
Full Moon.

Stand before IT.

and in Your
MOST
Sensual,
Lascivious
Voice

read Love Poems to IT.

——
When I did this image (By the way, sorry for the torn paper in the bottom right corner. I didn’t like how it looked when I cropped it out, so the tear remains.) I was thinking of the difference between love and objectification.

Many, many poems and art have been done about such things as the moon, and sun, and nature and so on. But there is the distance between the artist and the objected “captured” by the artist’s sentiment. The artists sees, witness, and creates in relation to his or her observations.

Profound love can be expressed through such works. It has been and will continue to be.

However, there is still a sense of objectification and distance.

Rather than writing or drawing one’s love for the object, why do we not simply show our love to it?

Reading love poems to the Moon is a way of loving the Moon, itself, without objectifying it.

I wonder some times how often we circulate between objectification and love, never noting the difference.

Soul touches Self

Mudra

Mudra


The Dhyana Mudra
completing the infinite circle
in which the Soul comes to touch
itself
with the same compassion
it bestows upon the world.

Interesting little picture. The hands are in the dhyana mudra- one of the more common mudras.
I thought about the unity implied by one hand coming to rest in the other, as if completing a circle.

When we can touch ourselves with even a drop of the infinite compassion we long to express in this world, our Soul comes to recognize itself.

Your Soul does not recognize itself in your rejections, projections, and attempts to control. The Soul already knows what you have come to learn.