“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
I was pretty much under the weather yesterday with sciatica and back pain which led to a sleepless night and a feeling of cotton wool in my head yesterday. I also get quite depressed on these days so thought I’d express it in artwork.
My first idea was something dark and dreary to reflect how I felt, but I was drawn to a photo of an orange gazania for some reason. I fiddled with it as I found the orange far too bright for me to handle with feeling so wiped out, and eventually this image emerged courtesy of Toolwiz and its various gizmos.
I felt it was a reminder to me from my inner voice to simply rest and reflect on the best ways to honour my body when I feel exhausted and a bit depressed. So yesterday, apart from this piece of digital art, I did stuff all and enjoyed sitting reading a murder-mystery on my sofa, with a warm dog lying beside me and feeling its unconditional love and company helping me get some rest, reflection and recuperation.
For some reason my attention today has been on the Roman Empire and its rise and fall. Here in North Cyprus there are remnants of Roman occupation all over the place – from the huge complex ruin of Salamis on the south coast to five minutes from here where I live on the north coast to view the Roman fish baths and rock tombs nearby (although I’m not sure if the rock tombs were associated with Roman or earlier history).
To me it’s a reminder that nothing is fixed, that we are now seeing the dying stages of the US and British empires and the rise of India and China, not overnight of course, but underway in a slow, inexorably process.
It’s the same in our own lives – things which once assumed importance can die away to be replaced by new beliefs, practices and identity, in the great spiral of life. Once we recognise the impermanence of life, we can move more freely and accept the new, knowing when it is time to let go of that which no longer serves us.
I’ve just found that piZap has released its updated version of its programme so I was playing around with the various gizmos now available and came up with this image from an earlier piece of digital art I created with Toolwiz from a photo of a seashell with a rather lovely pattern.
To me it’s like a kaleidoscopic image of our colour DNA, all neatly laid out around the central focus of our celllular incarnation. Okay, imagination running riot but it’s fun, nonetheless!