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What if, again ~ Spiritual Sunday #2

Synchronicity would have it
that my little eyelet explorations
(see previous here) 
were manifesting at the same time
I happened across
a post about the
ensō
by
Lola
@
 Buddhatropolis 

In Zen Buddhist painting, 
ensō 
(Japanese word meaning circle) 
symbolizes a moment when
 the mind is free to simply let the
 body/spirit create.


The ensō drawing or painting 
is used for daily meditation practice.    
It made sense,
this was happening
 in my moments of awarness,
I was co-creating with the ensō
my mark making was not paint, led or charcoal,
but the lens of my camera.
I am fully in the moment with my image making,
for this reason it has taken on
new meaning for me,
kind of spiritual
when using the symbolic ensō,
focusing through
'my little eyelet'.


The Spiral Way ~

The way of the mystic is not a linear path.  We do not slay dragons one after the other, proceeding in a clear chronological line towards fulfilment.

Neither is the mystic way a circle a despairing and closed circuit in which we return again and again to the same experiences.

Rather, the way of the mystic is the spiral way - circular, but with ever-changing vistas. On the spiral way, we may visit old scenes, grapple with old dragons.  But each time we return, we do so as different people and from a different place; the experience is not the same.  'I am here again, but I have never been here before.' The mystic may often say things like that on the spiral way.

Oh - instead of slaying old dragons, they just view them differently.

This excerpt was taken from
The One-Minute-Mystic
written by

Linked to
Postcards from Paradise

Will be posting more ensō inspired images next week 
why not join me it's great fun?

Comments

rebecca said…
mindfulness in the art of seeing.
rise as if with new eyes in each new moment.
imagine....
loving as if for the first time.
i believe in this..
keeping our hearts connected to each present moment.
there is a purity here where clarity resides.

thank you for your beautiful reminder.
Noelle Renee said…
I love this idea of looking through a different lens, an eyelet and seeing the spectra differently. In conjunction the enso, how wonderful, this spiritual dimension to your sensory experiment that has taken it to new heights and also brought it into the interior life. When I look at what you are seeing through the eyelet or enso, I feel as if I am seeing some part of your consciousness not accessible to the external world -the unconscious in other words. It is quite fantastic. I had never thought of a camera lens in that way but the focus of the "enso" lens seems to evoke it. I also love the idea of revisiting something and seeing it in a completely new way, a sort of reframe that allows it not to be a dragon any longer but a mouse, no longer a challenge but an opportunity. Love Simon Parke. Here is a great poem.
Noelle x

Fresh

To move
Cleanly.
Needing to be
Nowhere else.
Wanting nothing
From any store.
To lift something
You already had
And set it down in
A new place.
Awakened eye
Seeing freshly.
What does that do to
The old blood moving through
Its channels?

~ Naomi Shihab Nye ~

(You & Yours)
Miss Robyn said…
oh lovely. a modern mystic xoxox

you are interested in Mysticism? I am a mystic too. something I find hard to say.. as much as finding it hard to say I am an artist.. xoxo
Meri said…
This is an absolutely beautiful post Sue -- and I am thrilled that you are impassioned by your camera affair.
gemma said…
Amazing how synchronicity shows up when you follow your bliss.
<3
Stephanie said…
This is wonderful Sue...the enso, the spiral

a new way of SEEing
of spiraling INTO

thank you for this beautiful reminder and start to my day.
x..x
Lola said…
Wow. I love what you're doing with these series of posts. And thanks so much to the link to me at Buddhatropolis! -Lola

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