Thursday, 31 December 2009

Tending our Garden


A wonderful article:

"This understanding of imagination and its applications to our lives is how we overcome what philosopher Jacob Needleman calls the “foolish realism that sees only facts of the outer world and is blind to the laws of the inner world.” It is how we can make sense of synchronicities, of the whole breaking through the trance of our separative existence. It is how we can understand inspiration, the pregnancy of the world wanting to birth itself through us. It is how we find our voice, by feeling into the collective unconscious and speaking what the community needs to hear. The whole will draw from us what is needed. This is how we come into our own power, into our humanity."

"Imaginal hygiene is the inner art of self-managing the imagination, to defend it from forces that compromise, pollute, and sterilize it, and to cultivate those that illuminate and nourish it.I feel knowledge of this and its application is essential to the story of human survival into the 21st century. Its practice is necessary for us to cultivate the visionary clarity and strength needed to achieve the great personal and planetary transformations that increasing numbers of us are being called to perform, for the capacity to transform is in direct proportion to the capacity to imagine. "

"To avoid this path of stagnation, it is important to revision the universe as benevolent, as a great temple, and to live life as ceremony. These are cultural acts. They are inspired by these same Source waters (Its job), and takes perseverance, intelligence, and compassion to enact (our job). Sacralizing the world, however, is necessary for us to restore the relationships needed for us to safely, and gracefully, turn with the seasons of our lives."

http://www.realitysandwich.com/imaginal_hygiene

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Come to the edge

Come to the edge, he said.
We are afraid, they said.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came.
He pushed and they flew.
Guillaume Apollinaire

Angels of Anarchy

Meret Oppenheim

"Feet, why do I need them if I have wings to fly?" Frida Kahlo.

"And finally there are the myths of angels, guardian angels, fallen angels, angels of mercy, angels of anatomy...The angel is one of the key symbols of woeman surrealists, because it brings together the 'divine and human, the immanent and transcendent'. It is a symbol of hybridity and becoming which faces and reshapes history and tradition, in the artists own image" p28 Exhibition Catalogue ~ Manchester Art Gallery 26 Sept-10 Jan. http://www.angelsofanarchy.org.uk/

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Song of Earths Heart

Silver blue sky.
Lay this heavy head
down to earth.
Ear to mouth.

Silver face.
Blade peel back memories,
so I can fly.
Mouth to ear.

silver fox

Saturday, 26 December 2009

December

The year dwindles and glows
to December's red jewel
my birth month.

The sky blushes,
and lays it cheek
on the sparkling fields.

Then dusk swaddles the cattle,
their silhouettes
simple as faith.

These nights are gifts,
our hands unwrapping the darkness
to see what we have.

The train rushes, ecstatic,
to where you are,
my bright star.

Carol Ann Duffy {2005}

Saturday, 19 December 2009

The Hive


Thou seemst ~ a little diety!
Anacreon, Ode 34,
To the bee {fifth century BC}
Chapter 2, p59 " How would Human beings ever have made love to each other without honey and bee to help them? It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that, in all cultures and at all times, honey and love have enjoyed a special relationship. Not only has honey been the literal food of lovers, it has provided them with the words for expressing their love..."