“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.” Deepak Chopra
I wrote back when I first started this blog about my experiences with past life regression – one session, two lives. One as an unmarried, childless woman in a warrior society, another as a senior NCO or MAJ in the Wehrmacht. All I got from the Wehrmacht one was being in an abandoned small house, no furniture, broken window shadow forming a cross shape on the floor from the moonlight. I was dirty, I could feel dust on my neck, I was in uniform, I had a deck of cards in a pocket. I wasn’t in Germany, but on the Eastern edge, maybe Sudetenland. Foreign, but still Europe, but a long walk home, for sure. I was so tired, alone and emotional. I kept running my hands back and forth over my head and thinking “They lied, they lied to us! My soldiers died for nothing!” The underlying feeling was complete betrayal. The lesson from that life was not to follow blindly, not to put your faith in the wisdom of others rather than what yourself.
Yesterday I saw this picture on a blog and it stopped me cold. Based on what I am reading about the way messages come to you and using your intuition, rather than reason, to open up to them, this was probably the battle that my Wehrmacht guy had just finished. The movement is the same, the feeling of desolation is the same. Upon researching Kursk, it was the turning point for the Germans – the first time their Blitzkreig style was defeated. Heavy German losses and doubt from all generals and Hitler, although they went ahead with the battle even after realizing the delay gave the Russians time to prepare. I find all of this so interesting, can you tell? 🙂
And boy, is the back of my neck red! Next time I’ll wear my straw hat.
No music for inspiration today. Instead, I relaxed to the sound of the wind, and bell chimes from my two bells – one Bavarian, one Tibetan.
This picture shows the composition – minus the original lighting after two hours, natch.
And this one is after I put the easel in the shade. I’m going to go out tomorrow at the same time. I swear the rungs looked that weird from behind the easel, but it doesn’t read right! I love the top of the stool. I made it look worn, then softened the edge with rust, medium lavender and dark purple. Another fun day!
This past week I am grateful for so many things.
1. The soft air and breeze of early Spring, even though it’s late April in the South!
2. My succulent bed in an antique pot. The spreading happy plants and the funky little miniature mushroom cabin make me smile every morning.
3. My cats – so different in temperament, one sunny and chirpy for the day, the other comforting and warm for the night.
4. My job, which was tough but rewarding this week. In addition to good legal advice, I connected person to person with everyone and helped their hurt souls, too, I think.
5. Safety for my husband, who returned from his motorcycle trip this morning after being on the road for almost a month.
6. My meditation time and God’s guidance once I am calmed enough to listen.
What are you grateful for this Gratitude Sunday??
“In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist’s Rule. She considers how a camera can help readers open “the eyes of the heart.”More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world–through the lens of a camera. Paintner guides readers through six themes connecting the medium of photography with the Christian spiritual life. Each theme provides a photographic journey in which the reader does not simply take images, but receives images and learns to see with “the eyes of the heart” (Eph 1:18).”
How fun! I love this blog – Abbey of the Arts – and the connection to spirituality through art, and the fun contests every month or so. I finally decided to go forward (ha!) and enter this one. Here’s the link if you’d like to play as well.
I submitted five meditative landscape photos. Here’s one of my favorites. I was walking backroads connected to Soprabolzano, Italy. After going DOWN for an hour or so, I realized that I would have to now go back UP. With no water. My husband was off riding motorcycles and no one knew where I was. And this was a pretty lonely area! I tried to wave down one of those little three wheel work trucks with two Italian men in the front, but they kept going. I took this shot as I walked back up. I was deliriously happy at this point with extremely achy feet. I think the dehydration was really affecting my brain at this point. Shortly after this, I finally reached the top, laid under a tree and took photos of the sun through the leaves. I thought, when they find my poor little overheated body at least they will be able to trace my steps. Needless to say, I recovered rapidly once I had some pasta, water and several glasses of red wine overlooking the Rosengarten view.