revealing divine play

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Things to Think

Think in ways you’ve never thought before

If the phone rings, think of it as carrying a message

Larger than anything you’ve heard,

Vaster than a hundred lines of Yeats.

Think that someone may bring a bear to your door,

Maybe wounded and deranged; or think that a moose

Has risen out of the lake, and he’s carrying on his antlers

A child of your own whom you’ve never seen.

When someone knocks on the door, think that he’s about

To give you something large: tell you you’re forgiven,

Or that it’s not necessary to work all the time, or that it’s

Been decided that if you lie down no one will die.

….Robert Bly

finding divine imagination…..

It’s what makes us human, this capacity to co-create the truth that sustains us from the stuff of our dreams and our lives. Bruised and battered by the inevitable misfortunes of life, aware of our shortcomings and discouraged by our delusions, distracted by and dissatisfied with the quest to satisfy immediate and temporary needs, we seek redemption in the truth creative work offers us. This truth may disturb or provoke. Sometimes our creative work shouts out  our sense of aloneness and isolation and brokenness so we can remember ourselves and our world as whole, rediscover ourselves as inseparable from each other. But always, even when it mirrors what is hard, even when it disturbs and challenges, the truth of creative work celebrates the unending beauty and connection of life, which never wholly disappears. Creative work saves us from the smaller self, the self that looks at the world with a tight-lipped, narrow-eyed determination, the self that turns away from the softness and life-sustaining idleness, from the silence and stillness where stories and music and images, where necessary wisdom and unearned blessings, find us…..Oriah Mountain Dreamer

what is divinity in us if it’s not expressed? the life in all things unleashed…..our receptivity alights within that which is unborn deep within…..superficialities are broken….yet play remains….giving us the inner strength to let go of cynicism, to be alive and to nourish love…

We so long for Spirit to fill our souls that when we encounter it we often dance with madness. ‘The divine countenance is capable of maddening and driving all souls out of their senses with longing for it,’ Eckhart observes. Wildness is everywhere in our relationship with the Spirit. Who is in charge here? Certainly not we. Yet there is method behind the madness, peace within the wildness, love within the yearning that is mutual between Spirit and us. The artist teaches us to ‘behold’- to hold being, to hold being in respect, even irreverence, to hold being as something sacred, as something alive and imbued with Spirit’s intentions and love. To hold being up- all of it, the joy and the sorrow, the beauty and the ugly- so that others might behold it first……Matthew Fox

5 thoughts on “revealing divine play

  1. We wake in the morning, or pass to sleep at night and never realize the divine guidance that is within our ‘livingness’ … We breath, grow, digest our food, with nary a thought in that regard, yet it happens anyway. There IS magic in every moment of our day, of our lives, we live within Spirit, as a Divine spark, with everything we ever need given at birth. Yes, the artist knows, by creation he is reflecting his true self … His own creation, reflected on canvas, in marble, on paper … God, in man, made manifest ! Joy on your journeys today ..

    • Love this big picture describing creativity as a divine witness…..when making art, I often feel as if I am working and yielding with ‘wildness’…..there is much to be grateful for……indeed, much magic to behold……may you wallow in wonderment this weekend g.f.s…..

  2. What a beautiful sweet rainy day……….let’s build a blanket fort and get the jacks out of the drawer. Let’s laugh until our sides hurt and speak loud of the many dreams we hold closest to our truth. ~ Love ever, Bobbie

    • I’ll bring the tea and the fairy dust……maybe they’ll join us if the light is just right….have a weekend steeped in deep imagination Bobbie….

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