Kiss the Leaves

O Sun
Wondrous Mother,
Glorious Father,
daily you march steadfastly across the sky.

As we turn, turn, turn ourselves away from you,autumn tree top painting by Judith Shaw

And in one last radiant moment
you kiss the tips of the leaves,
Leaving us to slip again through the magic of twilight into the ever changing night sky.

Now dark, filled with an infinity of jeweled stars.
Now bright, with the soft, white light of the moon.

A special thanks to Elizabeth Cunningham whose marvelous novel, Magdelen Rising, the first in her 4 novel series, The Maeve Chronicles, re-awoke me to the wonders of our glorious natural world, a world which was slipping away from me under the duress of the daily struggles of life.

Seeking A Balance – Darkness and Light

“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- painting-by-Judith-Shaw

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. 

 

Love of Humanity – Love Drives Out Hate – Post 26

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“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.

Only Love Conquers Hate – Post 25

Love Drives Out Hate

No need to say more – check out more inspirational quotes on Jonathan Lockwood Huie’s site

Radiant Otherworld – Love Drives Out Hate – Day 24

I published an article on the Feminism and Religion Blog a few weeks ago which explores various concept of the afterlife in the Celtic worldview.  The island Otherworlds speak to me deeply of peace, love and community.   Here  you can see my expression of an Island Otherworld.

celtic-otherworld- painting-by-judith-shaw

Love Drives Out Hate

The Otherworld was a place where humans were given sacred gifts. These gifts allowed the visitor to bring back a higher state of consciousness to the everyday world of humans.

Unlike the underground sidhe’s and the Welsh caers where the deities acted much like humans with power struggles and strife, the island Otherworlds were places of peace, happiness and eternal life.  Here the Goddesses and Gods lived without the pains and struggles of earthly existence. These places emanated the radiant light of eternity.

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Gardens Create Community as Love Drives Out Hate – Day 23

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.

start-a-community-gardenLove Drives Out Hate

Goddess Dreaming – Love Drives Out Hate – Day 22

I’ve missed a few days of posting these images and feel the lack of that focus on love and positivity.  So I’m back on the horse again with a painting of mine from a few years ago which gives me a peaceful feeling – Goddess Dreaming.

goddess-dreaming-painting-by-judith-shawLove Drives Out Hate