One: Pathways

Pathways, blog, choice, forgiveness, gratitude, letting go
Where am I going?

Restlessly we seek that which might satisfy our hunger. Many pathways lead upward yet we cannot see the whole distance. Beyond the top of the hill or around the corner remains a mystery.

Imperfect pathways

Some pathways are safer than others. Occasionally they are blocked. Every path can, however, by dangerous. Earthquakes or falling rocks can destroy perfectly good highways. Despite the disruption we wish to continue.  We may find a plank to place across the gap. Having travelled a little way, we discover our plank is sagging and wobbly. Many turn back. Some move forward. A few have enemies who push the would-be bridge into the chasm. We fall.

Falling

All of us fall at some point, losing our footing and our way. At the bottom, once we have regained our equilibrium and our eyes have adjusted to the dark, we might spy a crooked, narrow path leading up or another leading down. The downward path leads into deeper gloom and some require the intense darkness to see the light. Others begin the climb again. Still others remain where they are waiting for someone else to carry them. A few need carrying for everything is broken. Only gentle kindness can heal the wounds. Healing allows another attempt to climb the crooked path. And the path is narrow, crooked and steep.

Forgiveness

The pathways of love invite us to forgive those who have pushed us into the chasm. Love demands we help those who are too broken to move. She also insists on letting go of hurts, taking responsibility for our own lives and choosing anew. Sometimes Love requires we move away from those we love to give them enough space to find themselves. For indeed, the darkness teaches lessons we need to learn. One such lesson reveals the fruit of blaming others. Only by letting go of blame can we be open enough to receive and embrace what pain has to teach. Then can we be thankful for both the good times and the bad. Certainly, both pathways lead to good eventually.

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One: Reason

reason, blog, contemplation, art, landscape, painting, pathways, beauty,

The hiding place

Matter is, and has always been, the hiding place for Spirit, forever offering itself to be discovered anew. Perhaps this is exactly what Jesus means when he says, “I am the gate” (John 10:7). Francis and his female companion, Clare, …somehow knew that the beyond was not really beyond, but in the depths of here.

…Heaven includes earth. …There are not sacred and profane things, places, and moments. There are only sacred and desecrated things, places, and moments—and it is we alone who desecrate them by our blindness and lack of reverence. It is one sacred universe, and we are all a part of it.” Richard Rohr, Daily Meditations, 15 June 2017

Something deeper

The most popular genre of painting is landscape. Everyone can relate to it. This is part of the reason for its popularity. While the beauty portrayed by artists explains our fascination superficially, I suspect something deeper attracts our interest .

The reason

Landscape is a mirror of the divine. With increasing urbanization we are losing our connection with God. As more concrete and asphalt cover the Earth our understanding of fundamental truths grow increasingly fuzzy.

Humility harvest

One such truth is: in order to produce a rich harvest, the seed must die. (Matt). Farmers know this. Today even farmers have trouble relating this truth to human existence. It holds true nonetheless. Those who have managed to get over themselves gift our world with the greatest insights and discoveries. Putting our ego aside is a form of dying based in humility. Humility is essential to connection.

Beauty’s secret

Landscape artists connect with spirit. Anyone who has spent time with nature knows there is something more, something hidden in the beauty and in the dying. The secret to life is there, right before our eyes.

Revelation

Unless the paint reveals the secret, my fascination wanes. Revealing the secret is my reason for painting. If the artist has lost his or her way in the dehumanizing world of money it is evident in the long words describing process and the justification for the use of materials. It all sounds very important. In the end the words echo in the emptyness.

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