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When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hollow Spaces, Hallowed Places

Often it is around the twists and curves,
beneath the gnarled surface,
within the hollow spaces,
between the arch of bending and the act of turning,
that life reminds us to wake up
and discover beauty in unexpected places.

I was viewing a blog I just discovered today by greenwhisper and her photos reminded me of some I took last autumn of the remnants of a tree that must have once stood tall and splendid. She shared a quote about imperfection. I've always thought and taught my young art students that "imperfection" is a doorway to possibility. I still believe that to be true.

I am not old in earth years, and I have a great deal of life flowing through me, but today I feel ancient. Just walking for five minutes through the downstairs of my house left me bent, struggling to speak clearly, and utterly exhausted. This is such a strange disease. Everyone tells me "Be patient", "You'll go into remission soon", "The nerves need time to heal", "I know so and so, who has MS, and she's doing really well".

And still I am waiting, hoping, praying that I will be like "so and so".

And yet I know deep inside, that if that is not the case for me, I will learn to stay rooted like this tree. I will discover my own beauty in unexpected places.

Tired, twisted, gnarled body on the surface,
the hollow spaces revealing hallowed places...
where soul and love and creative life force swirl and expand in spirals.
I am at the edge of this vast inner wilderness.

Finding peace, in the act of writing these words.


  1. i feel better after reading what you wrote here. the human spirit is so resilient, even when maybe we don't think we are.

  2. Thank you sue...glad this feels healing to you. That's how feel looking at your gorgeous mandalas!

  3. a beautiful post laura, i love your words... staring into that tree is like a gateway to other worlds... such beauty in 'imperfection'
    sending healing thoughts x

  4. Thank you is like a gateway into other worlds...I know exactly what you mean. When my girls were little, one of their favorite pastimes was to make faerie houses at the hollowed out nooks at the bottoms of trees all over our yard...I think as children they were certainly transported to magical places.

  5. ..Often it is around the twists and curves,
    beneath the gnarled surface,
    within the hollow spaces,
    between the arch of bending and the act of turning,
    that life reminds us to wake up
    and discover beauty in unexpected places..

    this is so beautifully written and so very true :)
    i love your photo of the tree and i love the way you see your beauty..
    be strong and heal well...

    my mam has MS so i know a little of where you are coming from x
    thanks for visiting my blog, for your lovely comments and for linking..
    nice blog you have here to explore :)

  6. Right back at you Green Whisper...I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the depth of your wisdom through finely crafted words and art as well.

    Sorry to hear about your is such a common disease...I had no idea how much so until I was diagnosed and faced with looking at the enormous statistics...but even more meaningful are the real people attached to those numbers who have contacted me because they can relate because they have ms, or their family members/friends have ms. It's astounding really.

    *According to the National MS Society 400,000 people in the United States are estimated to have multiple sclerosis.

    *Approximately 200 people are diagnosed with MS in the US each week. Estimates of the number of people living with undiagnosed MS vary widely. The best estimate is that around 2.5 million people in the world have MS.

    *Women are 2 to 3 times more likely than men to become diagnosed with MS.


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