In this piece the eggs in the nest represent pre-birth, the cocoon is infancy, and the butterfly is the transformation into childhood. The snail symbolizes middle life while the tree, in the dormancy of winter, shows the death of the ego and body. The Tibetan prayer flags are a reminder that we are not our thoughts and we are not our history of wounds; we are our true nature. This image holds a wisdom story of its own that came from beyond me. It is more fitting to say I am its guardian rather than it is my art.
On the butterfly wings I carefully wrote, in Nepali, the name White Tara. She is a Buddhist deity who protects humans as we cross our ocean of experiences. That night after I finished the final touches on the wings, I had an incredibly vivid dream. In the dream I am walking on the spiral ribbon from the butterfly, toward the center light. The spiral ribbon is a clear path for me to follow. With every step forward I am moving into a gentle sun that warms the very core of my being. I breathe in the warmth that is all around me. I can't find the boundary of myself in this warming light, so I stop trying and just be in the expanse of light. This is my surrender to Divinity.
This dream has helped my drawing process and meditation practice. I've become more able to find moments of quiet amidst the ineffectual chatter in my head. These moments of quiet are like resting in the white space between lines of words. I've been amazed that with increased self awareness of my breath I am more relaxed when I draw. In the beginning my color pencil artwork had an impression on the back of the paper because I was pressing so hard. Now my paper stays smooth because my hand has a lighter grip. I discovered that my previously unconscious mantra of "try harder" just made everything tighter, including my back. My new life mantra of "allowing" provides a greater field for miracles to open.
�Robin Landsong 2011
November 30th, 2014
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