Somewhere deep within the DNA of each one of us lies the memory of a time of peace among humans, a time before the horrors of pride and glory spilled blood and blood on the earth.
Yellow Flower Mandala, oil on canvas, by Judith Shaw
The work of archeologist Marija Gimbutas revealed a time around 6000 – 4500 BC in southeastern Europe where people lived in harmony, with no weapons or warfare, where nature and life were revered.
What was once – what can be imaged – can be made reality once again.
I am from my mother
from the swirling stars of the cosmos
through the long passage,
contacting and expanding
birthed of her body
nourished by her love.
I am mother.
You came to me
through blood and bones
to be suckled by me
and then slowly set free.
I am the Mama bear, ready to attack when you are threatened,
your pain harder to bear than my own.
I explode into a thousand stars when your star rises.
Your life always more precious than my own.
Mother Goddess your names are many – Isis, Rhea, Cybele, Danu……..
Your love flowers in our hearts.
Your strength gives us the courage
to birth, to grow, to die.
As surely as night turns to day,
Suffering will turn to joy.
A Dark Night, gouache on paper, by Judith Shaw
A New Day, watercolor and ink on paper, by Judith Shaw
“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” – Theodore Roethke
“Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Golden Bee Light, oil on canvas, 16X 20″
I began my latest post on the Feminism and Religion Blog with these two quotes.
King’s quote expresses how out of balance we were and still are. Roethke expresses the truth the our world, when at it’s best, maintains a balance of the light and the dark.
In this post I explore my journey through darkness brought on by the recent increase in and acceptance of bigotry and hate to an attitude which embraces the light that shines in the darkness even more fiercely than before. You can read it here.
“The Beauty and Love of Humanity” by Simon Fredrick, 2011
I found this painting online while searching for images about the love of humanity. I think it’s pretty compelling. Hope it lifts your spirits too.
Creating a community garden is a great way to bring neighbors together. Not only can you get to know folks you might not know, you also connect with Mother Earth. And the extra bonus – great, fresh veggies!
Check out this post on how to start one in your neighborhood.
Love Drives Out Hate
There are people with money who use their money to help others. Read this heartwarming story about Mike Ilitch. Little Caesars Pizza founder, and the many people he helped, including Rosa Parks, a giant of love, community and inclusion herself
Love Drives Out Hate