Oil, acrylic on canvas – 24” x 24” / MontanaBlack
The lotus is a symbol of enlightenment, creativity, nurturing and spiritual guidance. These beautiful flowers grow out of the dark, cold mud into the bright and warm sunlight. This can show us that we have the capacity to grow out of the mud of our perceived limitations into the full realization of our magnificence.
Within each of us is the power to transform the world. There is a light of wholeness we are born with… come from. In fact, this light is the foundation of everything around us.
In much of my work I strive to illustrate this light – this divinity- existing in all life…all matter. The flower is a beautiful symbol of the moment of understanding when self realization has been achieved – a flowering of consciousness.
The blossoming plant is a wonderful metaphor for the expansion of human consciousness. A plant spends its days growing and gathering what it needs to live and survive, and then one day, when enough growing and gathering has been achieved and conditions are just right, a bloom appears…glorious, beautiful, life affirming and life giving flower.
We make our way, day by day gathering understanding, sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously, getting closer and closer to what our hearts are longing for. I call that longing Oneness with my higher power. I keep turning toward the light of Oneness because it is what my soul desires. And one day, when conditions are just right, my consciousness will blossom fully into total realization as will every being in this world.
“Once we make the simple acknowledgement that we are a part of the whole, then a connection is made between our light and the world. We make this connection with our consciousness and with our imagination; then through this connection our light begins to flow. In this way we begin to redeem the work of the whole. These connections create pathways of light that find their way through the darkness of the collective psyche. Just as in our personal psyche, there are blocks and places of resistance to this flow of light; and there are also places of power, creativity, and unexpected qualities”. *
“This simple and radical truth was known to the alchemists: it is the light hidden in matter that will redeem the world.”*
Peace and Light,
*From Anima Mundi: Awakening the Soul of the World; Published in Sufi Journal, Issue 67, Autumn 2005 by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee