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.

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.

The Grace of Community

Last year I did a couple of on-line courses and suddenly opened up to the joys of creating digital art. I started posting art virtually every day because I enjoy creating art, but along the way I’ve been gifted with something quite unexpected but very welcome: the enrichment of my life with friendships and contacts around the world courtesy of the blogging community.

I now read blogs from Australia (Suz Jones, among others), Thailand (Don Charisma), Africa (various), Romania, Russia, America (all over from Alaska to Alabama and they’re all special to me), Great Britain and Europe.  I read personal information, I read about pain and survival, I see beautiful photos of places and gardens around the world – in other words, I’ve entered a community I had no idea existed, one which is – so far – kind, supportive, humorous, challenging (some photos of hardships in other pars of the world can break your heart), informative and exciting.

Today I saw a post with a photo of the world from space – a most beautiful planet, viewed as a whole. Beside it was another photo of the world as we see it here on earth: a pastiche of different flags of different countries, competing, fighting, where differences and conflict are elevated in importance rather than the ties that bind us – the fact that everyone one’s heart and soul are nurtured by compassion, love and tolerance and the fact that basically all people really want is security, a roof over their heads, a future for their children, paid employment and peaceful lives.

This is the grace of community – and I think the blogging community, even though everyone’s singing a different song, in totality provide a little glimpse of how we can lead quite different lives where we love and support each other, look for what unites us and not divides us, and care about what is within people rather than the external appearance.

So here’s my piece of digital art today: The Grace of Community.  It was created with a pale blue canvas on PIcMnkey, with an overlay of a carpet of pink pig-face flowers (terrible name for such a beautiful little flower, I thought the photo of flowers all growing close to each other was a symbol of community), and then tweaked with the Fractilius plug-in on Photoshop.

Community
Community

The Compassionate Heart

I’ve been stooging around old images and found one which was nice but incomplete. So I coloured the yellow rose I photographed yesterday purple, superimposed it on my earlier image, then worked on it in PicMonkey and BeFunky. They’ve both got different gizmos but it looks to me as if the same company has developed them as they have similar names for manipulating images.

Anyway, again I had great fun and here’s the final image: The Compassionate Heart. I created this to contribute to a caring world where the needy, refugees, the poor, asylum seekers, the unemployed, the homeless, the working poor, the disabled are treated with dignity, compassion and a caring hand and heart, because we are all connected in the great Web of Life.

The Compassionate Heart
The Compassionate Heart

The Exhilarating Web of Life

I have lived in rural communities for almost twenty years no, apart from a brief sojourn in the UK from 2002-4.  So have really learned to appreciate the existence of the internet. It can keep you in touch with family and friends through e-mail and skype, as opposed to the situation when I moved to Australia in 1972 when mail took ages to get from the UK to Oz, and phone calls were not only expensive, the quality was awful.  You can stay in touch with world events, read on-line news outlets, download music and programmes, share opinions and views, access creative programmes on-line, buy pretty much whatever you need on-line, and so on and so forth.

I don’t know whether you really appreciate the existence of the internet if you live in a big city because so much is available pretty much on tap – shopping malls, newsagents, cable tv, and so on. So while I was doodling around today I decided that this piece of digital art really pays tribute to the exhilarating nature of the web of life – what connects all of us at a physical level on earth, but also what connects all of us and all  sentient beings at unseen levels in quite magical ways.

So I’ve called this painting: The Exhilarating Web of Life. It’s a combination of the two digital art pieces below with some tweaking of the gizmos on PicMonkey and a bit of fiddling with a Photoshop plug-in.

The Web of Life

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