“Nothing ever goes away
until it has taught us
what we need to know.”
— Pema Chödrön
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost.
— Dalai Lama
We are the only species with the power to destroy the earth,
and also the capacity to protect it.
– His Holiness the Dalai lama
Emancipation From Fear –
This painting is a story, and the story is whatever the person viewing it first recognizes. It can be as it appears, a sea turtle at the moment of freedom from the restraints of a discarded fishing net that ultimately, would have ended its life.
Or, the ethereal images of the dolphins and fish could be a symbol of the ever present guidance tirelessly assisting the conscious self, symbolized by the sea turtle, to consider, question, and free itself from the bondage of that which is not true, and its net of fear.
One net is very real. The other net could be an illusion. The question is how much of the imagination can be used to support it, or alternatively, see right through it.
While the politicians bicker, “We the People” will just need to get on with it, and save the planet.
….and yes, We can. The inspiration for the painting “SO, What’s the Plan?” is exactly the question that I ask about my own contribution to the plan.
Maybe an important step might be to first check around the playground of our own thoughts for any “slackers” named Ida Know, Who Mee, and Two Bizzy. Those are the thoughts that are waiting for someone else to solve the problem. Oh, and try not to get lost in there, stick to the center lane, possibly leave a note behind letting others know where you’ve gone. Once you’ve located the slackers, promptly put them, and all of their backup singers/friends/groupies in the recycling bin.
While painting, I continued to research and update myself to “The Plan”. I can’t fix it, but I can be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.
I don’t have to be scientist, even Dr. Alexander Fleming who discovered penicillin had neither the resources nor the chemistry background to develop his discovery. But he kept focused on it, writing about it, and then with help, it all came together. The real Story behind Penicillin
Thousands of devoted people and organisations have great information, and Google will hold the flash-lite while you search. “Just give me a list”, is my first mantra, so I decided to research products that cause harm to marine life, and not purchase them, and 10 Easy ways to protect the Ocean 365 days a year.
I can also create a painting that asks, “SO, What’s the Plan?” I can put my attention on the solution, and not how horrible the problem is. I can pay attention to legislation, and to my vote. I can phone up the creator of this planet and ask for the all of the solutions to arrive. I don’t ask for it to be “fixed”, that wouldn’t work, we would just mess it up again, we need to decide, we need to change, we need to quit waiting for someone else to fix it. It most likely will not be the bickering politicians. If you don’t already have a plan, just please…….make one. Thank you.
Goddess of Volcanoes
The texture of lava as it cools and begins to solidify, was the first inspiration for this painting. As I was creating the pattern and design of the lava, a face began to emerge. At first I wasn’t sure if it was male or female, but it soon became apparent it was indeed female. As the molten lava took its place, Madame Pele emerged, the Goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes. Her lei is made of Lehua flower blossoms.
Possessing the power to create new land, Pele also has a volcanic personality; an impetuous and lusty nature, jealous, unpredictable, capable of sudden fury and great violence. Yet she can also be gentle, loving and as serene as her forests of ferns and flowering trees.
— Herb Kawainui Kane
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