This blog is in honor of my mother.
She taught me to see and to love color. Thanks, Mom!
A patterned stone in violet with a brilliant gold center, surrounded by cinnabar. The outer rim has a pattern of pale peach-tinted scallops against a background of blue, beige, orange, and gold. Kinda weird.
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Digital wallpaper: A ribbon of gold and pink with a central suburst in green. The ribbon is surrounded by a tie-dyed pattern in two shades of hot purple. The ribbon is edged in red satin brocade with metallic gold details.
The way that can be told is not the final truth; but I read The Secret of the Golden Flower when I was young, back in the Seventies. I'm not good at meditating; I always get stuck in "the land of hungry ghosts," and my chattering monkey of a mind never shuts up. Maybe now that I'm older I'll take it up again.
The thing is, you can sense it even if you're not good at meditation. Focus on your breathing and on the thing that's always there, off to the side. You won't doubt after that that your body as well as your mind is connected to the eternal.
The book's still the best guide to meditation I've ever read.
In honor of Jerry Garcia, a Sixties or Seventies-style hanging lamp made from strips made from leather ribbons---dark coppery brown with details in dark blue and white. The background is a soft taupe-colored leather. An image in Seventies-style earthtones. Rest easy, Jerry.
I'm not fond of what one of my friends used to call "polyester pastels," but this image , though filled with easter-egg colors, is radiant. It's a circle in striped gold and parchment with golden-brown details. It opens onto another one of those "radiant voids" filled with pale yellow and green light. The golden central circle is surrounded by feather like extensions in dark teal and white, and by an additional scalloped edging in graduated shades of peach, blush and pink against a background of pale violet and aqua. The corners are lavender and orange.
It's intended to be a tribute to the fluffy, feathery, many-eyed "cherubim" (sic) that figured in L'Engle's "The Wind in the Door." Though it isn't a traditional angel, I feel there is something angelic about it, in a sixties sort of way.
This one's intense. The colors are hot orange, hot lime, yellow, and white on a background of solid purple. It's a sunburst or star or mandala or flower---maybe some psychedelic dandelion fluff---and it really does glow. Maybe it's more seventies than sixties; but I was there (though very young, honestly) and I remember the posters and the pictures. Outasite!