Saturday, October 31, 2009

spirits..........

"We have falsely spatialized the eternal world. We have driven the eternal out into some kind of distant galaxy. Yet the eternal world does not seem to be a place but rather a different state of being. The soul of the person goes no place because there is no place else to go. This suggests that the dead are here with us, in the air that we are moving through all the time. The only difference between us and the dead is that they are now in an invisible form. You cannot see them with the human eye. But you can sense the presence of those you love who have died. With the refinement of your soul, you can sense them. You feel that they are near."
John O'Donohue, Anam Cara.

Spirits defy human logic. Sometimes logic is overrated. Instead, let us recognize their presence in the moments when our creative efforts find a fluency emerging from the depths of our lyrical possibilities.

I think we can easily become estranged from the loving forces around us who carry us in ways we may not be able to understand logically, but are there to support and guide. During times when we are integrated with our creative side, we move out of the logic of cerebral contemplations and into a space where we are openly vulnerable to receiving direction from the soul spirits of those who guide. Creativity defies logic. Creativity dwells in the illumination of our heightened senses. Spirits help us move beyond logic and into a place of sensory perception. We wouldn't have art without a little help from the Spirits all around.

Let us toast their nearness.


ps. Happy Halloween. May you enjoy my jack o'latern sunrises. Brilliant orange has been the most predominant colour at dawn where I live......


4 comments:

Gilly said...

Love your new header! Really bright and cheerful!

Not too sure about the dead being around us. Yes, we can sometimes sense a presence of those who loved us, and I wouldn't like to detract from the experience that anyone has had.

But if that were generally true, what about the spirits of those who did us harm, who did not love us? We would not welcome their presence, surely? And yet how would they be different? Would perhaps our love for another be able to draw them towards us?

If the answer to that is yes, or maybe, that would open up a huge problem area as to our relationship with spirits, and the dead, and whether or not we could "call them up", witchcraft, the occult and all the questions that would arise with those with any sort of monotheistic religious belief.

I know the Bible tells us we are with "the company of saints" but I am pretty sure that rubbing shoulders, as it were, with the invisible dead, is not what is meant!

Awareness said...

Thanks Gilly, but I've changed it. Sorry about that! :)

And thank you for your thoughtful comment. I loved reading your opinion and perspective. Its what I love the most about blogging. :)
I don't believe that we bring forth the negative spirits. I do believe we have spirit guides, both loved ones and perhaps people from our past lives. (Yes, I believe in reincarnation and past lives. There are too many serendipitous moments and unexplained encounters with people whom one seems to know at a level too deep for first encounters not for me to believe) I don't think that will be discussed in next Sunday's sermon, but there you go. My religion doesn't seem to fit anywhere particular, since it is a hodgepodge of collected beliefs.

I hope I rub shoulders with a few of them, especially on days when I need a little help, an internal smiles, a good laugh and when I need a shoulder to cry on too .... saints and sinners.

TheChicGeek said...

Neat post :)
I agree that, "Creativity dwells in the illumination of our heightened senses." To tap into that energy we have to really be willing to let go of our fears and put ourselves out there, don't we.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture too...so lovely!
Happy Halloween to You too!

Awareness said...

ChicGeek... the very best of ourselves comes from that place doesn't it? cheers to you.