Sunday, June 15, 2008

Transitions part 2

On June 4th, my father left this earth, a place he loved so deeply, and moved on to his next adventure - exploring the heavens and stars.

This is a profound moment in most people's lives. Everyone meets the moment with different beliefs, expectations and experiences. For me, it has been a time of quiet reflection on the depth of our relationship together this lifetime, as well as deep gratitude for all the richness we shared...not all of it easy, but exceptionally textured with complex patterns of growth and learning for us both.

This image was taken several years ago in my labyrinth on a night in May when there was a major planetary alignment. Jupiter, the Moon, Venus, Saturn and Mercury are all in this well as the Earth. One of the passions my dad and I shared is a keen interest in the cosmos....we used to love to ponder the meaning of it all...the vastness...try to wrap our minds around the complexities of the known and imagine what might be revealed in the next new images from telescopes pointed towards the heavens.
I am so glad he is free now, free to explore and find some answers to the questions we would constantly ask each other. His light will always be bright in my heart and I shall miss sharing my work with him. He loved the new sculptures and natural creations. His last words to me were to keep going with my new keep being creative, to bring beauty into people's lives. So...I will, again...soon.

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of hope and support....they are greatly appreciated. Each moment of kindness that we share with one another makes such a difference...thank you. I will be back here soon posting new works...I just need a little more of an adjustment period to get used to life without my best friend.


syren said...

How wonderful to have had such an exceptionally beautiful relationship with your father and to have had such precious time with him before he passed beyond this world.
However raw this time may be for you, it is also real and full - not sure how else to describe it.
My thoughts are with you and I will look forward to seeing more of your beautiful creations - when you are ready. Big warm hugs to you.

Anonymous said...

At least he is amongst the celestial beauties and watching over the things he loves most. *hugs* It's a beautiful picture.

Laume said...

Before I wander around and discover the rest of your blog, first let me say, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost my father, suddenly and unexpectedly, when I was in my early thirties, and five years ago, I lost my oldest son. So I know the process of grief and weaving oneself a new "normal" to carry ourselves past and beyond. It's both a great ache and yet at the same time a great joy, because no loss comes if we didn't cherish and love the person we are now learning to live without. Hugs on your journey, it's a magical one that never ends. Not for you, not for the person who has moved into whatever new and wondrous adventures their journey takes them towards. Hugs.

Sally J Smith, Environmental Artist said...

Thank you Laume for your thoughtful and kind words. Yes, the journey does continue for us all. My condolences to you as well. Bright Blessings around you always and all ways !

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