Saturday, March 12, 2011

Infinite Prayers to Japan

Sending thoughts and Prayers to the people and country of Japan.

There are no words
to express what we feel.

Underneath the disbelief
underneath the sorrow and loss
underneath the fear,

there is also strength
from the Infinite reserves
of Compassion and Grace.

May these Infinite Powers hold you close
when all else seems to fail.

You are not alone.
We are all One People


The sculpture above is based on a Japanese cultural symbol called a Torii. Traditionally, they mark the boundary between ordinary space and Sacred space. They also honour the concept of "The both-ness of everything" ( a bow to Nik for that phrase ) in that they frame a view but also are the view. In this way, these simple symbols acknowledge the paradox of polarity which is an unavoidable condition of embodiment.
When I created this sculpture, I wanted very much to extend that concept further to say that the wholeness of a thing, reflected, becomes infinite. The whole circle is now an Infinity symbol, albeit a bit refracted.

With all the social, political and physical upheaval going on in our multiple worlds these days, I know I need this reminder.... that there IS an underlying wholeness as the worlds re-organize and re-structure themselves.... but it is essential to not give in to despair at this crucial time. At this crucial time it it important to Be the Light you want to see in this world.

Shine on, everyone, shine ON !


Stephanie said...

Thank you for this prayer and this beautiful image, Sally. Your words speak clearly to my heart.

billie said...

what delicate yet powerful beauty. it also makes me think of the japanese "enso" characters done by zen monks.

Welcome to the enchanted world of Environmental art and Faerie Houses sculptures created by Sally J Smith. Here you will find photos of the artist's unique art-forms and hear some of the stories from behind the scenes as she shares with you her creative process.