is for soul shape
“The shape of each soul is different. There is a secret destiny for each person. When you endeavor to repeat what others have done or force yourself into a preset mold, you betray your individuality. We need to return to the solitude within, to find again the dream that lies at the hearth of the soul. We need to feel the dream with the wonder of a child approaching a threshold of discovery. When we rediscover our childlike nature, we enter into a world of gentle possibility. Consequently, we will find ourselves more frequently at that place, that place of ease, delight, and celebration. The false burdens fall away. We come into rhythm with ourselves. Our clay shape gradually learns to walk beautifully on this magnificent earth.”
I laughed in delight when I found these words from John O’Donohue. They reflect what I believe whole-heartedly and the message of my work. But said with a clarity and grace that I haven’t managed.
One of my beliefs of course is that we are so much more than can be contained within this physical vessel. And so I find work of visionary artists who try to depict this fascinating. Perhaps some day my art skills will catch up to my visions, but in the meantime I muddle along and leave it to others. For a while I was working extensively with bottle people – filling them with botanicals and messages and bits representing various parts of ourselves. Then I did a series where I put the filled bottles into larger jars. I was hoping for sort of a Soul-level matroyshka nesting set, but I never managed anything I really liked. I’m feeling called to re-explore the idea though, so we’ll see what comes of it.
Here I’m sharing a journal page where I’ve created a person from bits of vintage jewelry findings. I was trying to express how I think we all come in with an agreed upon blueprint, and hold within us codings that get activated at various times, but we are always in control of what we fill ourselves with and how we express our soul self – hence all that empty space.
So what do you think? What do you imagine your soul shape is? Are you as fascinated with matryoshka dolls as I am? Ever wondered what kind of findings (jewelry or otherwise) you might be made of? Do tell – you know I love to