POEMS

Like an awakening. February 2016.

 

Like an awakening.

It is happening very fast, much faster than expected.

Sometimes too fast, the need to keep grounded and breathe is overwhelming.

Hard to tell if this is personal, accelerated, hard-won healing,

Timeline’s artificial, chronological self-programming
or, really, a more global, evolutionary, phenomenon.

The world delights and enlightens, disgusts and shames, with a new intensity.

Perceiving all so clearly, poignantly, yet struggling to express,
due to the speed and force with which these bass understandings rise up and stand before.

The entire journey has never made more sense than it does now.

The very prison that was, once, a solid cage has now become
a sanctuary, a studio, an echo chamber, a lover, a life’s work, a sky, a canvas, a page.

Happiest alone and re’a’sonating wildly,

The fearful, self-isolating, exile has now, some would say at last,
morphed into that immense gift, of time and perspective,
A home.

Embrace artistic alchemy and balance that with mother.

Uniquely prepared for this journey.

Learning to cope using meditation and immersed in OM.

Chanting in the face of fear, offering hands and
asking that same awakening force
to guide them, true, into creation.

Informed only by Love.

For where there were, previously, too many paths to choose from,
A terrifying labyrinth of choice and fear,
There is now only one, holistic, mysterious way.

Proceed with immense care and consideration.

Learning how, this time with wholehearted dedication,
To be mindful.

Less most definitely more.


Tuning in and surfing balance flexibility, both prey and predator,

Open and trusting,

Presenting spirit, always humbly, to the light, wherever it can be felt shining.

And learning to

Rest
In
That
Moment

until the next.

Katarina Robertson.

MANDALAS

A new perspective.

 

When I was ‘all in a whirl’, of rushed understandings, I doodled this.

On very nice, round handmade paper from India.

Using a variety of black marker pens scoured from around the house.

Improved pic of orignal doodle

 

 

It seemed interesting and a friend said she’d like a card of it.

So I thought I would develop the idea.

I had been playing around with digital mandalas, of macro, flower pictures, for a while. Even forming a small business around them, called ‘Argyll Mandalas,’ for which I had seasonal, ‘flora’ mandalas printed as greetings cards, selling them locally.

It proved very restrictive and unsatisfying as a process. Almost clinical.

I wanted to have more physical input into the design itself.

So this was the first experiment.

I decided to re-do it by hand-drawing a segment and then, digitally, ‘mandalizing’ it using Adobe Photoshop 7.

doodle experiment segment 6 segment

Segment created, I set about making the ‘whole pie’ on the laptop.

doodle experiment

 

Not entirely accurate, but I could get a sense of what could be possible.

So I began drawing a new segment, bearing in mind what I had learnt, and refining the process.

After a significant amount of time spent devoted to calculations and compass, I had a template of the correct size to fit in our scanner. As big as I could comfortably get it.

Then I realised that I could, in fact, simply use this photo. So I did.

In future experiments I would like to use the scanner and compare results.

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And, after processing the segment, it all came together…..

Ta Dah!

universal connection mandala
universal connection mandala

I am very happy with the results!

Now I cannot wait to carry on experimenting with this culturally fascinating, mindfulness related , ancient, universal form and see what happens!