When I created my watercolor piece “Heal and Thrive” just a couple months ago, I did not yet know that another piece would come along to compliment the first.
This time, the piece started with a poem and as the poem took shape the image of a moon and two lovers bathed in moonlight, carried by sea of stars, eventually accompanied the words. As I sketched, I enjoyed the way the glowing moon in this piece seemed to compliment the radiant sun in my piece, “Heal and Thrive.”
As the idea and sketch developed, I recalled a conversation I recently had the privilege to sit in on with friends discussing different elements of Andean cosmology. The discussion touched on the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon.
I listened to these friends discuss the interconnection between the Sun, a masculine energy, the Moon, a feminine energy, and the Mother Earth at the center. I was fascinated by the discussion of interconnection and of the importance of the pair/compliment (number 2) as well as the trio (number 3) in nature.
As I sat with the words I wrote in this poem and the meaning within them derived from my own story of interconnection, I recalled the symbols of the Sun, Earth and Moon (trio) and the experience of human partnership and romantic love (pair).
This piece includes my own very human struggles with fear and learning from courage, of shame and learning to love, of isolation and opening to relationship and it places those human struggles in the context of the cosmos, the divine energy and mystery holding our fragile human stories drawing us always into transformation and growth.
Courage is at the heart of this piece, used as a sort of synonym for what many would call “God.” In other words, courage is the mystery, the energy once experienced as external to me and eventually internalized as an empowering force calling me to grow and teaching me to love.
I love the line, “courage called me,” as it seems to effectively summarize in three words the mystery of ongoing transformation in my own life.
Very simply, this piece is maybe the closest I’ve ever come to writing a love letter to my partner. This piece is a reflection of the gratitude I feel as I recall the ways courage called me to grow in order to be open to mature, romantic love and the growth I experienced in a committed relationship with my partner.
Finally, the poem ends with the antidote to disconnection and isolation of which I need to be reminded every day, “it’s a gift to be known.”