TAO verse 16

December 4, 2011

 

Complete triptych:  (Im)possible no. 4 – Mourning

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Canvas 1  – Friday (death)

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Canvas 2 – Saturday (mourning)

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Canvas 3 – Sunday (rebirth)

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Size:   600mm x 600mm , 1200mm x 600mm , 600mm x 600mm

Medium:  Acrylic on Canvas

 

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This poem has been taken from RUMI The Essential Rumi  Translated by Coleman Barks.

 

 

“The Christian religion is a religion of the flesh.  The human body is not merely a tiresome burden which we have to carry, a dark, heavy prison in which a radiant spiritual soul is locked up as punishment until it gains release in death.  It has a central part to play in our journey to God.  Until we have experienced its tug, its weight and resistance, there is no spiritual life possible for us.  There are lessons for us to learn, experiences for us to undergo, which can come to us only through the body. ”

 

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This quotation is take from the Book “The way of Paradox: Spiritual life as taught by Meister Eckhart” Written by Cyprian Smith OSB

This posting was in response to a post seen at “Art of the Spirit” on Hildergard of Bingen: Illness and  creative purpose. I would encourage you to read this and view the video by Matthew Fox.

 

 

 

  

On the 1 January this year I wrote down some thoughts on spirituality and community and posted it at CapeConversation. During the course of this year my spiritual journey has drawn me closer to both God and some kindred spirits on a similar path, as I discover the ways and nature of God. 

As I take time to reflect on this year, I can look back to the start with the desires expressed and thank God for the adventures, progress and grace that this year has given me.

For the record I’m re-posting my New Years Day 2008 posting….

 

 

Followers of God, a nomadic tribe – an alternative concept for an inclusive spiritual community

Since leaving a formal church back in the mid-nineties, I have often missed the collective part of my spiritual expression. Even though I’m blessed with family and friends, I still longed for some authentic reality to spiritual unity with others.

 In today’s society the individual is highly regarded. Furthermore, technology has revolutionized the way individuals interact. These two factors have in some ways forged a pattern of multilayered community. Read the rest of this entry »