Little Island

Singing Winds

A soulful kirtan

Through laptop speakers

Windchimes sing

In approving harmony

The wind ebbs the

Breath of Ram

Osho says:

“Longing is divine

Until it takes an object

Then it becomes mundane.”

These waves of longing

Crashing on the shores

Of consciousness

A consciousness so vast…

This is where awareness is drawn

This vastness

Which contains so much

Joy and sorrow

Stories of self and other

Are too small

To contain such vastness

So I sink

Surrender

To the oceanic sound

Of the harmonium

The depth

Of the human voice

The soft carress

Of the wind

The aimless sauntering

Of bird calls

And here I am, here I am,

Stories help me to navigate

To hold a home, feed myself,

Communicate with others

(The real gem!)

But they are held lightly

So that maybe

In some miraculous moment

They will wash away

And leave me alone

With silence

And vastness

And peace, and love

With being

Just being

And some unknown power

Will see through my eyes

Reach out

Through my limbs

Think

With my mind

And explode into the world

Like those first rays of sunlight

Perpetually blessing all beings

In timeless ecstasy

Well, what do I know?

For now, I sit

And drink tea

And enjoy this little island

Of serenity

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Days of Rapture

More beauty of Santa Cruz, this wonderful time as the temperature drops, people outside put on more layers and everyone has the glow of the fireplace. Autumn is here, new shades of orange and red come out to play, and there is a growing peace as nature goes gently into the night of Winter.

So blessed by all this beauty that comes to meet the camera, and through the lens there is a growing appreciation for the dance of light and shadow. There is a deepening communion with nature, as well as with the technology, with the camera and the way it captures light and color. What a wonderful gift, to be able to cultivate both at the same time! To connect with a tree, and then transmit this connection through the beauty and simplicity of an image…

May we all benefit from the healing power of nature 🙂

Thanks for looking, may your eyes open wide to the beauty all around!

~Tom

Sacred Geometry: Florescence

An assortment of photographs and mandalas to bring us back into the awareness of beauty, harmony, and the still point in the heart of the storm. Santa Cruz is a beautiful town, and all the little statues I find here have such an aliveness to them…

May the healing power of nature ebb through these photographs, may we all remember the solace that is to be found in trees, flowers, sunlight and rain. May all beings be happy and blessed.

Thank you for looking!

~Tom

The Dark Queen

Last night the Dark Queen appeared to me

Blades for arms, twisted and sadistic smile

Her minions were everywhere,

We were on a boat of some sort

There was no escaping,

But I could try, I could run…

And I was running, but then

Some divine madness spoke to me

And I turned around

And I knew

I must go to her

I must face her

And so I turned around, and walked to her

And asked her, “Who are you?”

But she cut away my words

As her blades pierced my sides,

Penetrating me, opening me

I embraced her,

Though she continued to cut me

But at least

The running was over

Meeting You Everywhere

Dear One,

I am changing

Through you,

But not for you

I shall not seek

To win you over

To win your love

I am…

I am Light

You are Light

What I love in you

I cultivate in myself

And so I find you

Where I can never lose you

In my own heart

~

Dear One,

Ideas are veils

Hanging between us

And every time a veil

Is surrendered

I become you

You speak through my lips

You move me

And your image hangs

Pristine

In the altar

Of my mind, body,

And soul

~

Dear One,

You seduce me

I chase your shadow

And it leaves me

In some unknown place

Once,

I would have rejected this place

And continued the search for you

In futility and despair

Now,

I bring my love to this place

And after the initial discomfort

My own light reveals you to me

Dancing behind the strangest faces

After all,

Who are you

But the reflection

Of my own light?

Light

There is only Light

~

Dear One,

Come out to play

Dance, sing

Stretch your limbs!

Kiss the wretched beggar!

Start fires

Baptize us

In your cool, healing water

Bring us your soft touch

That ripples pure ecstasy

May we meet you everywhere

And lose the fear

Of ever meeting anything else

🙂

Sacred Geometry: David’s Harmony

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The Star of David is a universal symbol for harmony, the integration of opposites, expanding and contracting forces in perfect equilibrium. It points to stillness in form, to the perfect beauty of consciousness, which is beyond tension and conflict. These images play with the six-fold symmetry of the Star of David in pulses, suggesting rhythm, movement, and sound.

Thanks for looking! Many blessings 🙂

-Tom

The Star: Symbol of Wealth and Abundance

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I’ve been working with the pentagram form today as a meditation on abundance, what it means, and what my relationship is with wealth, prosperity, and money. The meditation is on-going. It is a process, and not necessarily one that reaches a clear end-point. There is much that can be said about money, privilege, authority and manipulation. I’m not really interested in going into these things.

The pentagram relates to abundance because it has strong connections to fractal growth. The fibonacci ratio, one of the simplest fractals, is coded into the pentagram, and the sunflower! DNA, the basis of all life, is based on a ten-fold geometry, which is two intertwined pentagrams. When you have activity on your wordpress account, you see a little star: the star, celebrities, wealth, power! The stars rule over us, guide our fate, they can lift us to the heights or dash our dreams to the ground.

The nature of life is to expand, to grow, to consume but also be consumed. Life is always trying out new experiences. And property, really, is an illusion. We don’t own the present moment, or the experiences that come. We can try to hold on to them, and protect them, but whatever appears must also disappear. And truly, what appears and disappears doesn’t really have any substance to begin with, it only appears to to the mind.

So what can we really do but surrender? The appearance and disappearance of money in our lives reflects the movement of energy behind all things, spontaneous, unpredictable, sometimes painful and sometimes pleasurable. Is there any purpose at all in trying to manifest abundance for ourselves? Or is this just another attempt to control something which cannot be controlled?

We can only offer our little gifts to life. They may spread and take on a life of their own, or they may not. I am not really interested in manipulating anyone to make money for a sense of security in life. My sense of security comes through staying true to my own spirit and understanding, which is always changing. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? To get a sense of security through something that is always changing? Well, it’s the surrender itself that brings the security. Because when you’re surrendered, it doesn’t really matter what happens!

Well, that’s where I’m at. It doesn’t really matter, so we might as well laugh and enjoy the ride! So here are some images to use as archetypal guides in exploring the nature of consciousness, form, and abundance. I hope you enjoy them. If you feel like it, you can follow the link at the bottom of the post and buy some prints so that I can buy food, pay rent, and get the resources to make more gifts to share with the world 🙂

Many blessings!

-Tom

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