One: Intimate

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View from my kitchen window

Our world is filled with wonder. Perhaps the vocation of artist allows me to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Gazing out my kitchen window, the beauty of the spaces between things and the occasional spectacular sunset leave me awestruck.

A quote

“When we contemplate the wonders of evolutionary history in both its smallest and greatest dimensions, through a microscope or a telescope, what we grasp is a concrete experience of awesomeness … Suddenly to see some aspect of creation naked, as it were, in its elemental beauty, its thereness and suchness, stripped of all conventional names and categories and uses, is an experience of transcendence … This possibility is before us in each and every piece and part of creation: it is the wonder at the world that young children have and that poets and artists retain. It is to experience the ordinary as extraordinary. This is experiencing the world as God’s body, the ordinariness of all bodies contained within and empowered by the divine” Sallie McFague, The Body of God: An Ecological Theology (Fortress Press: 1993), 194.

Experience of transcendence

If only all people could see with eyes of wonder. Sunsets or sunrises tend to get most people’s attention. They are reminders about the extraordinary world in which we live. This blue planet in a sea of darkness. Unfortunately, we tend to shake off the experience of transcendence too quickly. We dismiss it as unimportant in the busyness of our imagined life.

More than a copy

Precious are the hours spent in contemplation as I nurture an image into existence. More than a copy of a place or a moment in time, they attempt to convey the integral nature of the Creator. Intimately entwined in all she has formed, she beckons us to the wonderment before us. She calls us to stop the frenetic pace and just stand or sit for a moment in silence before the ordinary. If only we could see her in everyone and everything.

If we could see

Should our eyes be opened to her presence in all things, we would be less likely to wage war. God suffers terribly when we do. We would be less likely to clear cut a forest for the wealth it contains or gouge the earth for gold. It would be akin to rape.

Stop for the wonder

I long for the day when all eyes will see the wonder before them, when love reigns and peace abides. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the sparkle on new snow or the green of a blade of grass. A full life demands simplicity, contemplation and the desire to serve others. Let us begin today.

Events

Do drop in at the Edmonton Convention Centre on Tuesday between 4:30pm and 8pm. I will be in attendance along with all the artists who submitted their work for this event. Featured artists (who stay for the year) will be announced at 5pm. Would love to see you!

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One: Whole

whole, co-creation, metaphor, mixed media

 “Everything is a facet of the one thing. Think in terms of white light shining through a prism to reveal the full spectrum of color perceivable by the human eye… Each of these colors is part of the original whole and cannot be separated from it—turn off the light source and the colors disappear. Now apply this metaphor to the world… Everything you see, think, feel, and imagine is part of and never apart from the same Source. We call this Source by such names as God, Reality, Brahman, Allah, One, Krishna, the Absolute, and the Nondual. The list of names is long; the reality to which they all point is the same.” Rami Shapiro, Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent: Sacred Teachings—Annotated & Explained (Skylight Paths Publishing: 2013), 5. Quoted by Richard Rohr, Daily Meditations, “Oneness” August 1, 2018

My paintings are metaphors

Metaphors are the best tools to help us understand the oneness of all creation. My paintings are all metaphors taken from the first Bible (Mother Nature). Following more or less the same process of evolution, beginning in chaos and evolving beyond the photo, my ambition is to show how each shape significantly enhances the one next to it. The whole is different to its parts, yet all is one.

Illusion of separateness

Our world suffers precisely because the powers that be  ignore the interconnectedness and interdependence of everything. They promote the idea of separateness, rugged individualism and keep the illusion in place with fear. The truth is, nothing is separate from anything else. What I do, say and think has an effect on the world around me and eventually on those living in the next continent and maybe the rest of the universe.

Inequity

How we treat others comes back to bite us. Recently I viewed a TedTalk produced in January 2015. The presenter, Mallence Bart-Williams asks a very important question. She comes from one of the richest countries on the richest continent in the world, Sierra Leone, Africa. Her question is why five thousand units of her currency are only worth one of ours when her country holds the actual gold reserves. Good question.

Breaking the barrier

Consequently, keeping things and people separate, isolated and ‘other’ allows the imbalance to continue and grow. Oneness is lost in the illusion. Approaching our neighbours, getting to know the ‘others’ down the street, in the hospitals or in different faith communities brings us to better understanding of our interconnectedness. If we are open, we begin to realise we are not so different after all. Basically, we all want the same thing, a place to live in peace and prosperity.

Restoring the whole

By living within limits, sharing the available resources equitably instead of only for the benefit of a few, life is peaceful and prosperous for everyone. We can each begin with our little world. Our family, our neighbours, our city notice the difference. The parts become the whole; wholeness restored. We are all One.

 

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One: Becoming Whole

blog, becoming, whole, healing, love

“Personal transformation and social transformation are one piece. . . .

The true spiritual quest is not that I become whole. Informed by the belief that the world is birthed by God and is precious and sacred and one, the true spiritual quest is that the world become whole—and we along with it.” Jack Jezreel quoted in Daily Meditations 8 July 2017

Becoming whole is not about me…

Becoming whole. To begin with I thought it was all about me. I needed fixing. Many seminars, retreats and expense finally brought me to the conclusion that my attitude remained in my court. It is a choice. I have choice. Always. Shifting from the negative into the positive is not an instant exercise.

Healing is dissolving into the whole

As I said, I thought it was all about me. The more I discovered about myself, the wider my field of vision broadened. “Me” moved further and further from centre stage. In fact, I found that healing is about dissolving into a union with the whole of creation, becoming one with God.

The dance

So far I have not made much progress… Awareness is the first step in the process of change and I am aware, sometimes. In my aware moments I relax and flow, enjoying the ride and stopping to smell the flowers. The universe lifts from my shoulders and I enter the dance to which she calls me. It feels complete, peaceful, abundant.

A rushed weekend

The dance faltered this weekend. We just came back from our once-per-year family camping trip. It felt rushed. The schedules had collided, time compressed and we enjoyed separate togetherness. Busyness does that. We become compartmentalized, isolated in our various activities. Another obligation completed.

Becoming whole

Becoming whole involves everyone and it cannot be accomplished separately. Time is an essential ingredient. Letting go of our ordinary responsibilities to build relationship and discover who we are as a family lays the foundation for world peace. Love smooths the ride. Without love others never meet expectations.

Releasing expectations

Expectations tend to mire the waters. One person asked how she might cope with her growing irritation. I suggested loving the person and letting go of how she might help improve things. Loving without conditions, loving the person just as he or she is, that is healing. Love heals the deepest wounds if we choose to release our expectations to the universe.

Learning to love

So becoming whole means learning to love, joining hands with those who irritate us, forgiving and moving forward. This action heals us, everyone around us and will eventually bring the whole world into paradise. Let us begin today.

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