1 LAMAT, JANUARY 29, 2006

Keyword: NEGOTIATION


I walk the path of expanded Love.


 

ONE LAMAT

Dwayne & Teresa With this New Moon, we have entered a new "lunar year" on The Lightning Path. A fresh cycle of 13 moons has begun. Amidst the tone being set at this time we felt a need to reassess our painting process. We talked about medium, surface, size, presentation and orientation. We decided to keep using acrylics for now but changed our painting surface to a 2 ft. x 2 ft. square of 5/8" plywood.

This opened up the possibility of creating radially symmetrical images, or mandalas, and of hanging them in a number of different ways. We anticipated that the square would release us from the inherent limitations of our previous 18 in. x 24 in. surface but soon realized that we had entered a whole new realm of limitations and encountered many difficulties in adapting our co-creative painting style to this new format.

Various yoga traditions of the world have used mandalas as aids to stilling or "yoking" the mind. Like the yoga of the fifth chakra, which uses mantras in this way, yogas of the sixth chakra use mandalas. A mandala is thus a visual version of the repeated sound of the mantra. Symbols embedded in the mandala are included to remind us of the Divine.

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We began our mandala painting at the centre with a star. It all seemed very simple but as we moved out from there, we immediately realized that everything needed to be repeated four or eight times if we were to follow the guidelines Dwayne had sketched with a compass. It quickly occurred to us that if you are going to repeat something four or eight times, it better be worth it. We needed to make every stroke count. We also sensed a bigger responsibility to the viewer and we endeavored to be as authentic as we could be in our choices.

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Although we saw a similarity between Dwayne's guidelines and the quadrapartite division of the Lamat glyph related to this Moon cycle, there had been no particular mental intention to Dwayne's division process. He had simply "played" with the compass, as he had as a child, enjoying the way patterns emerged. To some extent this created what we termed the "coloring book syndrome". We took the spaces delineated by the arc lines and colored them in, repeating them until they were done, each in our own turn. This was a marked contrast to our earlier approach to the painting process where we had expressed ourselves much more randomly. The mandala structure was imposing its limits on us and we began to explore the extent of those limits, sometimes finding them tedious and more than once finding ourselves face-to face with disgreements.To our surprise, ego struggles had once again surfaced in our proces and was demanding our attention. We both found ourselves slipping into acquired conditioning and attachment to view.

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Emotions swirled in and out of our space, overrode our joy of creation and separated us occasionally. We pushed on, struggling to remain open, always coming back to the center, the place of love and acceptance. It was painful, but we both succeeded in witnessing these things for what they were, and loving each other for the sincerity with which we tackled them. We couldn't really say we had our first fight, but we got to see some shadows we hadn't seen before, managing to be grateful afterwards for this enriching experience, rather than holding onto it for future wounding.

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We have seen through our direct experience of the mandala how it enhanced the mirroring dynamic of our dyadic encounter. Its stability, which we had interpreted as its limits, had paradoxically freed us from our own limits to loving unconditionally. It constantly brought us back into dialogue, calling for fair and respectful negotiation. The mandala's repetitions amplified our actions, taking them into the Profound.
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Slowly, after two exhausting days, we came to the place where we received the ripeness of the Vision. The mandala had become the Wayshower, and the way had become clear. We took the direct hit of Expanded Love.

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The Lightning Path : 1 LAMAT

Acrylic on plywood 24 in. x 24 in.

Dwayne Rourke & Teresa Wild 2006


Artist's Commentary by Dwayne & Teresa

Our ONE LAMAT mandala has a number of symbolic elements we would like you to consider.

The single star at the center represents the primordial source of all things. The macrocosmic heavens surrounding the star are mirrored in the microcosmic cell bodies contained within the four blue sectors. Surrounding these four shapes we have a twisted light orange ribbon signifying a simple protein evoking the notion that all life on Earth shares a common biological ancestry. In summary, all biological life springs from primordial starseed. We understand that starseed to have both intention and purpose, as is witnessed in the miracle of DNA. DNA, the mother of all biological life on Earth is here represented by the twisting, looping, yellow-orange double helix form.

Contained within the domain of DNA is our blue planet whereupon humans are engaged in rituals and myth making in an attempt to re-member where they came from. Subtle, Earth-colored faces with thunder feathers issuing from their mouths signify the transcendental force of Uranus, the Great Awakener, channeled to humanity via The Lightning Path. Other forms and colors represent the growth, maturity, ripeness and abundance that are accessible through acknowledgement of the primordial source. Shooting in, or emanating outwards, depending on your perspective are bright pink comet tails of light symbolizing the nourishment and benevolence of cosmic love.

Golden orbs of the Sun lay behind the Earth, and rule the lives of the Earth dwellers. Earth seasons are evoked here, and with the presence of the mythological face of Uranus.

Bordering the whole painting are the pyramids of time within The Lightning Path.



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