Thursday, July 23, 2009

More buried treasure - these from October 'o6

I dug around in previous posts from 2006 for these words and images for Seth's "Digging Deeper" for more buried treasure. (Do take a look at his links where you are bound to be filled with delight!) I enjoyed revisiting these and hope you will as well.

Collage of a child writing a note to the little people by Lani

I heard a wonderful Prospect (Nova Scotia) story, told to me by Ellen Ryan, who grew up here in Prospect. I suspect... er... I know she has many stories about childhood enchantments and delights, and here's one. She used to attend the local school which was very small, and run by nuns. Right around Christmas great interest grew in elves, little people, and fairy folk. All kinds of magic began to happen. The older children had certain periods of the day when they worked on secret presents for the younger children. They had also devised a way to make little notes fall from the ceiling on the little kids (at least this is the way Ellen remembers it). The notes were from fairy folk. By the time Christmas came, the younger children in the village were nearly beside themselves with magic, joy, and possibilities.

I think there is real magic here when we secretly create things for others; presents, fairy notes, post cards, messages in bottles, on pebbles... the possibilities are endless.

(Engage in some fairy magic today.)

Collage of the place where my heart first opened by Lani

My friend Diane AuCoin was reading author Sue Monk Kidd's (The Secret Life of Bees)newsletter and alerted me to this lovely quote:
I have come to love the following words by the French Nobel laureate, Albert Camus: “A person’s life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover, through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened.” Where did your heart first open? And how shall you find your way back to that dawning?
Ah, yes, let's go to that place of our beginnings; and remember the moments when the light broke and our hearts opened.

Another heart opened collage by Lani

Lovely! And finally there is this favorite Nietzsche quote which popped up in Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth:
For happiness, how little suffices for happiness! ...the least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a wink, an eye glance - little maketh up the best happiness. Be still. -- Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra

So the light broke and my heart opened when I looked at Prospero this morning (as it does most mornings; what a face).

And I looked for the "least little thing" that made the "best happiness" and there were too many to count, but I took a picture of Edward's Icelandic Poppies in the early morning light and that will have to do for now. Some days it's such an amazing thing just to breathe... Sigh.

That was true in October of '06 and it's true today.


Bea said...

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing that with us. Beautiful images of fairy notes falling from the ceiling. lol :)Bea

Inner Artist said...

Oh, Lani, my heart opened when I read your beautiful post. Thank you! Jo

Lani Gerity said...

Thank you Bea and Jo! It is a pleasure!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I;m not sure which was more magical and visual, your wonderful art or your touching words.

Lani Gerity said...

Why thank you Bleubeard & Elizabeth!

Kim said...

What a WONDERFUL post! Everyone should take the time to remember that defining moment! So pleased I popped back again!

Marie said...

It's the little things that count.....AND "Life is what happens when you're making other plans. Magic happens to those who expect it. Loved your drift!

3rdEyeMuse said...

beautiful re-post ... the three little collages are wonderful! and the stories a pleasure to read. :)

thank you.

Lani Gerity said...

Thank you Kim, Marie, and 3rdEyeMuse!
It's a wonderful process, digging and discovering gold!

Seth said...

Wonderful repost. Love the photos, the collages, the meaning behind the quotes, and especially the magic of the first story. Great!