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a Lightworks blog

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to find the post you've clicked on!

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My favourite commission
and some thoughts on
bespoke work in general :)

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a country distraction ~
creating a home for

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To our winged ancestors
from a timeless, summery
Somerset garden.

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A few images
from the state of
mind called Bali

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Another wintery
guest post by
Cathy van Hoppe

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A Christmas dream painting
and a Sweet Chestnut Path
dream timelapse

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the inauguration
of Altair air Abhainn ~
Alter by the water

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Fu Hsi and Nu Gua
Ancient founders of the
I Ching in cast glass

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focus on
the floor of
my studio

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a mandala
to re-set our relationship
with time and our one
precious life

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A creative relationship
with time

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In celebration
of all things light,
bright and summery

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The River Ribble
is the location for a video
of the Rodriguez song

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Two video sketches
from our mistical valley

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The snowy stanes
A little video shot on a
beautiful solstice morning

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An Imbolc offering
to the beloved Celtic
Triple Goddess

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High with me
A dream drawing
timelapse inaugurates
this blog reborn :)

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An Eskdalemuir angel
timelapsed for
the feast of lights

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The long read
An article on dreaming wisdom,
the I Ching and African Dream
Root, first published in Caduceus

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The ancient origins
of the I Ching ~ a
little video, part of my
ongoing work with it.

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ancestral wisdom
A timelapse of following
dream guidance with art

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About the exhibition
Some multimedia musings on the
Shambhala at Shambellie experience.

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A new Animus exhibition
A little about Shambala
and the making of a
cast glass piece.

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If I have a guiding principle
in life, it's death. Music video for
Emma Gillespie's beautiful song.

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A painting timelapse
of a six-foot long piece
for Rennaldburn's
tiniest room

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Illuminating the Book of Love
A music video for the
song by Oisin HendriX

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Cathy Van Hoppe
tells a Winter tale

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first in a series
of dream-drawing timelapses
I'll be uploading now and then.

    a timely paradigm shift

    Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now.

    That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time - past and future - the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.

    Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

    I’ve found that this ‘ultimate level’ understanding described by Tolle can become more real and grounded when it’s enfolded by a more relative understanding of, and reverence for, the cyclical flow of time which is so much a part of life.

    To do this, you can envision the central stillpoint of this 'timeless now’…

    encircled by the rise and fall of the energies of the day, caused by the circling of the Earth around the Sun. (The word ‘day’ is related to the Sanskrit dah, 'to burn’.)

    This, in turn, is enfolded by the waxing and waning of the lunar cycle; becoming more in tune with the moon, with its moonthly cycle of birth, growth, fruition and death, can let us attune more deeply to our inherent, indigenous nature.

    Around this comes the year, full circle of our earth around the sun.

    For this reason it’s usually just seen as a solar cycle, equally split into quarters by the summer and winter solstices and the spring and autumn equinoxes.

    These being at precise dates and times make a fixed cross, which can be thought of as male, or yang.

    But a fuller understanding can be gained with an awareness of the fluid lunar cross which is woven around it. Known as the cross-quarter celebrations, these are the dark and wintery new moons of Samhain and Imbolc and the bright, full moons of Spring and high Summer, Beltane and Lammas.

    The length of the next enfolding cycle, your life, is determined by your own unique destiny. Also known as the Good Red Road, it’s here shown as a river.

    We can affect our quality of life by many things, from actively practising compassion to ourself and others and eating wholesome food to being aware of, and transmuting, negative influences…

    But, though it sounds macabre, one thing which can greatly enhance our life is an awareness of the inevitability of our impending death: as Don Juan reminds us in Journey to Ixtlan,

    ’…ask death’s advice and drop the cursed pettiness that belongs
    to men that live their lives as if death will never tap them.’

    Over and over, people who have literally experienced their own death with a near-death experience describe its lasting transformative effect - an acute awareness of the preciousness of life, coupled with the heart-felt decision to live it to the full.

    The final ring of the Time mandala goes beyond our one small life.

    The fact that time is not usually perceived on a grand scale means that we plunder and pollute the earth ‘as if there were no tomorrow.’
    Wisdom traditions, though, speak of cycles of time lasting thousands of years - one of particular focus now being the beginning of a new Mayan long-count cycle, lasting approximately 5,125 years, in 2012.
    A Native American tradition lets us feel this expanded view of the great scheme of things more directly:
    “The Peacemaker taught us about the Seven Generations. He said, when you sit in council for the welfare of the people, you must not think of yourself or of your family, not even of your generation. He said, make your decisions on behalf of the seven generations coming, so that they may enjoy what you have today.”
    Oren Lyons (Seneca) Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation

    A way in to the heart space in which this expansive view feels natural to us is, paradoxically, be fully and gratefully of this described in Mary Oliver's well-loved poem The Summer Day:

    Who made the world?
    Who made the swan, and the black bear?
    Who made the grasshopper?
    This grasshopper, I mean -
    the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
    the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
    who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
    who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
    Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
    Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
    I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
    into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
    which is what I have been doing all day.
    Tell me, what else should I have done?
    Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?


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