From Peter Varney
These thoughts began as a response to reading Nick Vesey’s* book ‘Living the life-Force’ about the way the world’s religions all suggest we need a place of waiting, a place where we accept and go with the flow of life.
Lao Tzu asks:
Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?Lao Tzu
For me this time of ‘lock down’ is a time of transition. People I link with on Facebook throughout the world are, like us, discovering how they can use this time. We are not so much stuck in this place, but expanding our consciousness, on the way to something that we may hope will change us, and make us more wholly human.
This time of transition provides an opportunity to take up and explore more deeply things I’ve too often postponed. For me it’s a time to live a little more adventurously; my response has been to take up new ways of painting. I’ve spent several days using water soluble oil paints, and am happy with discovering what they can do.
The process of putting down a line or shape, of mixing colours, is spontaneous, not planned; a time when I can ‘wait’, as Lao Tzu suggests, and be totally absorbed in the task. In this way it can be place where the Spirit flows through the painter. After an initial stage a ‘right action’ in the form of a response to what has been painted suggests what might work better – perhaps a different colour or shape. This happened while painting this image of the Brecon Beacons; it provided an opportunity to include a ‘bright field’.
I’m trying to make space during this period of ‘lock down’ to give time for creativity. I hope, when I look back to it, it will have been a time of transition. Transition towards what so many are beginning to express may be a future time of transformation for the entire world.
Transformation for me as an individual must include a new direction embracing more passionate living. But we may hope the world and its leaders may also be transformed, that we may live with more consciousness of each other and with all of creation?
*Nick Vesey set up the Norwich Centre for Christian Meditation, and now works in the US. He brought many traditions together and continues to bring ideas from the world’s religions to help people on their life journeys.