Text in the painting reads:
“IN THE QUIET SPACES LIVES JOY – CREATIVITY – CONNECTION + CARE.
HEALING OF OUR HEARTS.”
When we want something with our will and act on it, we create a direction, a movement. Directions and movements are powerful; they can move mountains and people. They can create the wildest new things and tear the old and dusty down to pieces. They can leave their mark and shape the world.
Directions can also clash. When two wills headed in opposite directions collide, conflicts can arise. And it is often worst when the two wills thought they were going to the same place. And bang, they collide, abruptly stopped. And get angry with each other, for no one likes being stopped in their progress.
And out there in the land of wills and actions, where everything is directions and creating power, it is often difficult to resolve this conflict.
It actually CAN´T be resolved from that place; the two wills are already moving in two different directions. Each of them of in their full right to do so. It takes strength to move mountains, all power needed. So the only focus there is room for in the country of wills and directions are often: That mountain has to be moved! And so, the two wills collide like two angry bulls ready for battle. And I have yet to meet anyone who has successfully coached two angry bulls into happily grazing side by side.
To resolve the conflict, we must sidestep and be silent. Completely quiet. So quiet that we can listen above and below and right into the middle of the very core of life. So quiet that we can hear the earth below us, with all the layers of primeval history. So we catch the universal melody of the past and future and endless possibilities in one. So quiet that we just ARE, without needing to move anywhere, because everything is right here and always have been. So quiet that we ARE love.
In love, it is not just possible, but completely natural that there is room for several directions at once. In love, coexistence is a wonderful opportunity to honor our differences while we create and contribute with each our bit to the world. Even when it’s hard and it looks like what we want are opposites, each of us can continue to live and act without being stopped by someone who want something seemingly different. Deeply rooted in love.
Do we need to enter a meditation room or a monastery to be quiet for hours or days every time there is a conflict? For God´s sake, NO, certainly not! The silence of love is timeless. For some it works to practice in a monastery or a meditation room. Personally I love to practice this healing quietness when I paint and create things. It is a state that works through us, and it doesn´t take more than a tiny moment to create a healing difference in a conflict. As lont as that moment springs from the love in a quiet heart.
Is it easy? NO! (permission granted to shout from your lungs full volume!)
Is it possible? Yes it is. (said with quiet wonder, like when you are unsure whether it is a lark you can see in the sky, and just have come to agree with yourself that “yes, it is”.)
With big love, from a sometimes frowning bullhead with an also soft and quiet heart.