Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ll be using manicules (those pointing finger symbols) to direct your attention to something I’m pondering that delights or interests me. Each entry is somehow related to an unusual, obscure, or simply charming to me word.
G is for…
glisk – to glitter; a glance or gleam of light; to look slyly at or askance
I love sparkle and think our world is filled with it. For the most part though, I’m not particularly drawn to over-the-top displays of glitter. More is not actually better in that department. I prefer a more subtle display – something that requires you to be present and paying attention. The sparkle is like a little cosmic reward – an unexpected treasure, and a true heart gift that delights.
Lord Byron wrote: “Years steal fire from the mind as vigor from the limb; and life’s enchanted cup but sparkles near the brim.”
Frankly I think that’s a rather pessimistic view of things, and I whole-heartedly believe that “life’s enchanted cup” sparkles throughout. Furthermore, I think we need be careful how we hold and speak of things as it tends to solidify our position, often not in a helpful way. The true delight of sparkle for me is that it entirely depends on your perspective – a bit of light catches it this way, and then shifts and it’s gone. It’s such a vibrant invitation into staying open to flow, staying open to looking, staying open to letting your delight be captured.
This winter I re-ignited my love affair with mica and all its glittering magic. A number of years ago I used a magical body oil scented with rose and jasmine oils and shimmering with tiny bits of mica. While it was luscious, and as you can see from the photo, quite lovely, I’m not really a fan of mica in products used on the body. There are concerns about ethical sourcing as well as concerns there might be contamination with heavy metals. But it is magical to look at, and because mica doesn’t stay suspended in oil, but rather settles to the bottom, you need to shake the bottle. And that leaves you with a swirling display of sparkly magic – quite mesmerizing.
I’ve often used mica flakes and sheets in my art, and I always have a stone or two that contains mica out somewhere where I can pick it and allow myself to be mesmerized a bit. I’m particularly fond of aventurine, and at the start of every Spring I put out a favorite piece of rubellite-included lavender-colored lepidolite whose mica sparkles seem like the perfect harbingers of the magic that Spring unfolds. This is another sparkly piece of lepidolite I have sitting near a window where light can catch it and send a little sparkle in my direction
In Chinese medicine, mica is known as a sacred mirror, and I love contemplating this. Self-reflexivity and the ability to see ourselves as multi-faceted are important to me, and mica is a great ally in this.
But all things that sparkle, all those glimpses of light that catch our eye are invitations. To remember that we can all hold and transmit light; that we can always alter our position so that we receive those flashes of light from others; that there truly is beauty all around us, we simply need to pay attention.
What’s glittering for you these days? What are you reflecting on? Do tell – you know I love to hear.