Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Meeting of the Birds Mandala (Noongar Land)

A recollection from my father.

Witnessing the meeting of two birds on Noongar land (north of Albany, Western Australia) a real 'privilege'.

Like two jewels in the bush acknowledging the beauty of the other.

Both the Scarlet Robin and the Blue Wren feature in Dreamtime stories.  For example check out 'Dreamtime' by Noongar Elder Theresa Walley. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Healing Circle (i): Celtic Cross of Violence and Love (Gentle Spirit of Yeshua, Cosmic Christ)

A new piece, a contemplation of violence in our world.

Prayer from the Celtic Cross of Violence and Love

Violence abounds...
Pools of pain, blood, grief, aggression and brutality.

Deep Sadness of the Executed Ones,
Deep Sadness of the Murdered Ones,
Deep Sadness of the Beaten Ones,
Deep Sadness of the Lost Custodians,
Deep Sadness of the Scarred Earth.

And yet...

Love abounds...
Earth, waters, life, cosmos reclaim and transfigure the unfeeling hateful cross.

Deep Peace of the Glittering Galaxies,
Deep Peace humming Silence of Earth,
Deep Peace of the Underground Rivers,
Deep Peace of the Wise Elders and in the Heart of all Living Things,
Deep Peace Gentle Spirit of Yeshua, Cosmic Christ.

So be it, Amen.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Openness Mandala

This painting was inspired by Logion 61 of the Gospel of Thomas as translated by Jean Yves Leloup.  In this short wisdom parable Yeshua (Jesus) is asked by his host Salome who he is and where he comes from. His reply is:

I come from the One who is Openness

This striking statement seems to capture the very essence of He who speaks it.  His utterance appears to invite us into not only openness but also oneness, unity and perhaps even into the mystery of what is called the Kingdom of God or the peaceable kingdom of Isaiah.  Leloup says that Openness, 'as the least blasphemous name for God', is the 'Infinite Space within the very heart of space, containing all and contained by nothing'.  As unexpected as it may seem the traditions that have sprouted up in response to the life of Jesus direct us, at least in part, towards his capacity for openness. We are not simply to observe or imitate this openness but embody it even through our limitations, resistances and hardships.

I remember a Friend telling me that at a certain point in her journey she had simply decided 'to be open'.  This meant that she would be open to spiritual wisdom no matter its source and how it came to her.  This did not mean an abandonment of discernment or reflection but taking the time to attend to what had been given to her. 

How common it seems for writings of a theological or spiritual nature to explore how we can open up.

Further along in the same logion from the Gospel of Thomas Yeshua indicates what follows from openness in contrast to division.

When disciples are open, they are filled with light. When they are divided they are filled with darkness. 

In the painting the eight pointed star contains eight diamonds to indicate that openness expands awareness in all directions seen and unseen.  This radical openness seems to carry the quality of immensity.  One small glimpse is enough to sense its potential.

May you be well. May you be open and at peace.