CREATION AND RECREATION – INTRODUCTION

Creation and recreation – birth and death – the wheel of life is constantly turning. The turning of minutes into hours, hours into days, days into months and months into years. Our lives are lived in the context of our turning world and the seasons of the year which describes our existence on this earth. We exist in the context of our solar system, our galaxy, our universe. As we contemplate this bigger picture the concept of eternal life, of creation and recreation becomes a more vivid possibility. You cannot destroy energy, you can only transform it.

The turning of the wheel of life, the interconnected web of all being, is a process of constant transformation, from birth, through life, to death. The Divine is shot through it all. The soul longs and yearns for union with the Divine. All humanity has a spirit which is looking for connection with the Divine whether we are conscious of that reality or not.

Every aspect of our environment is sacred. The landscapes, the plant life, the animal life, all are shot through with a sacred connection with one another and with the Divine. Our humanity can choose the values of compassion, peace, connection through love, respect and care for our environment, or we can choose to see the earth as an inert lump of rock clothed with vegetation which is there for us to exploit and pollute at will, allowing free rein to our greed, vested interest and stupidity.

As we ignore the interconnected web of the existence of all that is, the very fabric of our Home Planet, our Mother Earth, we ignore the reality of our destructive power and greed. To become aware of the sanctity of our Creation, is to treat it with the reverence and awe which it should command from us. As we become aware of the holiness of every aspect of creation, it should encourage us to find creative sustainable solutions for the generation of energy and the control of pollution and the preservation of our precious environment.

These pieces are a celebration of the various aspects of the creation of complex life which exists all around us and provides us with our life supports systems. They explore landscapes, plant life, and animal life. They depict the transformation from the darkness of the absence of God, through the choice of standing turned away from the glory, to the dance of the mystical union of matter and spirit in the Oneness of all being.

They offer a vision which encourages us to see the Creation of our environment as the miraculous sacred thing that it is.This journey of spiritual exploration can inspire in us the spiritual fruits which we need to have the wisdom and courage to take decisions to preserve the future of the environment of our planet for generations to come.

As we ignore the interconnected web of the existence of all that is, the very fabric of our Home Planet, our Mother Earth, we ignore the reality of our destructive power and greed. To become aware of the sanctity of our Creation, is to treat it with the reverence and awe which it should command from us.

As we become aware of the holiness of every aspect of creation, it should encourage us to find creative sustainable solutions for the generation of energy and the control of pollution and the preservation of our precious environment.

As we enter upon the journey of these pieces, our breath becomes key. Our physical bodies breathe in a physical world. As we move through the physical and into the spiritual dimension, so our breath can lead us.

The Breath of the Spirit can fill us with inspiration as we breathe in the breath of the Spirit. Our quiet contemplative prayer can centre around our breathing, both physical and spiritual as we set out on the journeys which these pieces offer us.

JOURNEYS AND JOURNEYING
Journeys take us from one place to another. Physical journeys can transport us around the world, through time zones and different countries, From mountains to wide grassy plains, from tropical forests to arctic tundra. Physical journeys excite and captivate. They are arduous, challenging, uncomfortable and stimulating.

Physical journeys across our physical world lead us into new experiences and sights, they can change our way of seeing and being as they bring us into contact with foreign peoples, cultures and expectations.

Our lives are themselves journeys, from the cradle to the grave. Journeys through the various stages of human development and experience as we mature from infants, to children, to young people full of hope and promise, through maturity to old age and finally death.

The journey of life is a process. A process of becoming and acquiring, to the awareness and wisdom of age and the divesting of the material world as we approach death.
There are spiritual journeys. Inner journeys of deepening mystery and unfolding enlightenment. Journeys which take us from the outer physical world, through imagination, creativity and faith, in to the mystery of a spiritual dimension with an ever expanding depth of awareness, surrender and discovery.

The journey from the outer to the inner, from the edge to the centre of being, is a journey which we can try to avoid. We can forever stay in the physical world with its frustrations and disappointments. The creation of a desire that we can neither afford, nor need, nor ever achieve, can produce a constant state of yearning within us. That is a yearning for the physical acquisition of material possessions, wealth, fame, power and success.

The spiritual journey is also a journey of yearning which is a desire to achieve union, through love of the divine. A journey which longs for enlightenment and revelation which leads to resting in the arms of the Divine and the state of union which this can produce. The spiritual journey is one in which we are created and recreated in the image of the Divine. It is a process of the discovery of our true selves in and through God.

These pieces are creative illustrations of journeys which we can take. Journeys from the physical outer dimension of our world in its landscapes, animal and plant forms, through the mystery of sign and symbol to an inner revelation. They offer visions of the inner spiritual life of our human existence. They offer connections and pathways from the outer physicality of our existence to the reality of our inner spiritual being and our place in the cosmos. They are visions both within time and in eternity, inviting us to contemplate our place in the oneness of all being.

Spiritual pilgrimage is a journey whose destination is not clear. A journey into the light of the glory of the divine. The destination is not important, the travelling is the invitation. To live with the question without needing or demanding an answer is part of the essence of spiritual discovery.

The journeys of completeness into which these pieces invite us, are taken through prayer and meditation, through quiet contemplation of the images which lead us on an inner path of spiritual awakening and being to a connection with the divine through word, image and colour. They are signs and symbols which point beyond themselves to a deep place of spiritual being.

Come on a journey from outer to inner. Follow the path which these pieces offer to the onlooker, on a journey of personal discovery and growth. Explore what the spiritual journey means for you in these pieces which attempt to depict aspects of creation and recreation in the great cycle of physical and spiritual life.

Journey from creation to recreation, through the words and images which these pieces offer, through prayer and contemplation. Follow the Way and find what recreation means for you as you move from outer to inner, into the brightness of the spiritual dimension which these pieces offer.

Explore what the Way, The Truth and the Life means for you yourself, as you enter into the pieces upon your own personal journey of connection and inspiration.