And so, having lost my way within the deep darkness of the questions, I turned around to face the way back and followed my scattered teeth like breadcrumbs. Hoping to return to the beginning.
Working on my newest zine. Taking the storytellers’ path: Turning symbols into stories and stories into myth.
Magic, Alchemy, and Solace in the Green Path.
When the World’s cries pierce the Heart. Prayers and Actions are desperately needed. As well as fortitude found in what cradles the Soul. I find healing in Art and a close contact to what animates everything around me.
Grace moves through it all.
“What is this life flowing in our bodies like fire? What is it? Life is like a hot iron. Ready to pour. Choose the mold and life will burn it.” ~ Mahabharata
Ajna Chakra carved stamp with watercolors
Ajna Chakra meditation:
Outer eyes closed.
Floating in darkness
Held by emptiness
Settle in the eternal void
Find yourself deep within.
Know the unknowable.
It is seen
With your other eyes.
This past Moon cycle has spoken to me about the importance of grounding and rooting ourselves. Through the Chaos of this unpredictable human experience we can pause and befriend any moment. Belonging to the present and inhabiting ourselves fully. Rumi’s words are close to my heart: “So come, return to the root of the root of your own self.”
This mindful art form of carving my own stamps has been a great way of slowing things down and really bringing my focus on what I’m doing in the moment. I’ve received some interest from others to purchase my hand carved stamp prints and so I’ve created an etsy listing for those interested. This first pack contains prints of my Flower of Life, Kali Ma, and Hand Eye stamps.
As the summer begins to wane, I’m taking this time to slow down and listen with my other eyes and ears.
“Listen to the hidden sounds
Use your other ears.
See the celestial sights
Use your other eyes.
Perceive what cannot be measured by the ordinary senses.”
~ Alberto Villoldo
Our Lady of Light
Great Mother of Fire
Goddess of the Flame
Liberate us from ever-deeper layers of the lower-self.
Burn away what hinders us on our journey.
Om Mata Kali, Sri Ma Sri Ma.
“I am immersed in the flame –
The flame of time,
The flame of love,
The flame of life.
The universal fire flows through me.”
~ The Radiance Sutras, Yukti Verse 29
Many blessings to all as we embark upon a new year with new adventures and lessons. I don’t really do resolutions or yearly words, however I do feel the New Year mojo and set intentions for myself and my work for the year ahead. I’m beginning 2015 with a new Found Poetry Project: Paper Prayers.
The words will make themselves known…