Spider Drawing Down Magic

I created this from an image I had of rocks on the Jurassic Coast of the  UK, plus an image super-imposed of a photo I took of a spider when I was living in Woodenbong, on the rim of an ancient volcanic caldera.high up in the Border Ranges of northern New South Wales, Australia.

The spider was weaving its web against the window at night and the flash of my camera caught a very good image of it at work. With the stones colourised behind it, this image reinforces for me the image of Spider as weaving the web of the universe.

Altar to my Spider Totem

Here’s a photo of my altar to my totem, a spider. It is customary not to name the exact spider and I connected with her when I did a soul retrieval. I had to tie a prayer string around my left wrist until it disappeared and my totem would have arrived. So I tied the knot tightly, walked out to my car and the knot had disappeared already. My spider totem appeared, her presence so strong that all the spiders in our home came out to greet her – big, middle and small spiders. Even my husband noticed the spiders everywhere. We were also living in the appropriately named Cobweb Cottage at the time!

My totem sits on my right shoulder. The drum on the wall was blank but once my totem appeared, I painted the spider image and it was amazing how the tone of the drum changed once I’d put my energy into it. I also created the Spider Woman painting. Around the drum are my beaters, rattles, a rain stick and a pair of Aboriginal clap sticks (in the red and black bag) which I sourced from an ethical outlet in the Kimberley region of north-west Western Australia. You need to be careful about buying Aboriginal art in Australia as a lot of it is cheap copies from Indonesia. But my clap sticks are the real deal.

Namaste!

Namaste

The image above is quite simple – I created a pale pink canvas in PicMonkey to represent unconditional love. Then I added many layers of bokeh from PicMonkey – lots of images of multi-coloured circles, then added an image I’ve used before of a spider on its web.

This image relates to Spider Woman who, in Native American mythology, sits at the centre of her web, weaving creation and the cosmic threads which unite us all.Spider Woman is filled with knowledge of all that is, and offers us the threads of the Web of Life to weave our lives, to remind us that all life is connected and we need to honour nature and each other.

So having said that, and having used the greeting “Namaste” which means roughly,  “I bow to the God within you”, or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” (a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness) you are probably wondering where I’m headed.

It’s something I’ve pondered over quite a while and came to a head yesterday. Many times I’ve heard people pronouncing that they’ve had all their lives on earth, they’ve accumulated amazing wisdom, so they won’t be reincarnating again. Or another version reads that we are moving into the Fifth Dimension, the Earth included, and those who are left behind are the unworthy ones. To my mind this is no better than those religions who proclaim themselves the anointed ones and that no-one else will go to heaven.

And then yesterday some friends and I were good-humouredly discussing the concepts of “badass” and “kickass”, which we saw as being ourselves, standing up for the right to be respected, being gutsy, and so on, when someone dropped on us that they did not like “aggression”.  Now aggression was farthest from our minds – being a badass or kickass isn’t about aggression, it’s about being yourself, standing up for yourself, being confident, refusing to put up with inappropriate behaviour, refusing to be put in corners, to express your joy in living,  refusing to live within boundaries, creativity, struggles for confidence and courage to be what we are, standing up against domestic and sexual violence.

The discussion with the person disliking “aggression” degenerated to a point where she said she didn’t like mixing with negative people as their “lower vibrations” drags her down. Now don’t get me wrong. Firstly, if you’re introverted and can’t handle lots of people, honour yourself and guard your need for privacy. Secondly, I don’t mix with people who I don’t resonate with for various reasons. I decided I’m not the Dalai Llama and I don’t have the energy to cope with all the different sorts of people in the world. But I DON’T do this because I feel they have lower vibrations and I have higher vibrations. I just accept that I’m not going to get on with everybody and other individuals have the perfect right to accept they don’t get on with me. As far as I’m concerned we are all more alike than we are unalike, but that pans out in us walking our own walk and talking our own talk as part of our own individual purpose in life. Your purpose might not be meant to interact with my purpose, but you can still regard people with kindness, love and compassion.

It’s the idea of setting myself on a pedestal and looking down on people with so-called “lower vibrations” which doesn’t seem to me to be spiritual at all.  True spirituality and peace of mind don’t rely on putting others down to make ourselves look more spiritually advanced nor does it mean being contemptuous of others. We are all part of the great web of light which makes up the universe. No, I don’t understand or like the actions of some people but I also feel that here on Earth there’s a kaleidoscopic cosmic pattern where each person who incarnates on earth has a purpose.  We may not understand that purpose or agree with it, but so be it.

I came to this conclusion by watching a particular action decades ago, the fall-out in subsequent relationships but a positive outcome for someone decades later which would not have eventuated had the original action not taken place. It’s one of the reasons why I believe there is a great mystery to life on earth, something we may get a glimpse of occasionally, but it’s so complex we only get that glimpse and not a full understanding.

I wondered what to call this post, to be very honest. “Humility” came to mind but didn’t seem quite right. “Respect” I’ve used before. And then “Namaste” came to mind. It fits the bill perfectly – to honour the divine in others, even if you have no idea what their purpose is, and to recognise the divine in yourself as another, humble part of the great web of light which unites us all, regardless of our purpose in incarnating on our wonderful planet.