Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

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.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Heart Macro 74



from darkness to light
called forth from empty fullness
begin beginnings

endless beginnings
love illuminates through words
"lev" heart of goodness

white fire balances black
always more to be revealed
look listen closer

d'vekut cleave to ONE
wrapping all in tenderness
endless beginnings

forward a circle
journey of generations
this spiral of time


through matan Torah
blessing flows to all people
na'aseh v'nishma
we will do and we will hear
understanding as we connect
with the breathing of this world
all BEING
each bead linked to the next







Ayn Sof
without end
forward a circle
this spiral of time
space and faces
each soul unique holy whole
reflections one into ONE



While it is still Sukkot as I write this, on Friday this week, this portion of the Jewish holiday cycle will culminate with Simchat Torah, celebrating our joy in the gift of Torah, an ancient map for how to live life. Hidden in the "white fire" the spaces between the words there is far more meaning than the literal words carefully scribed in black ink on parchment. The text tells a story, gives many important moral dictates, but there is so much more, the oral Torah the transmission and learning’s that are revealed through study applied to living here and now, is how and where v’nishmat, listening and understanding, really takes place.



The last word in the Torah, "Yisrael" (a word that describes a particular people and simultaneously all who struggle for meaning in the vastness of life unfolding, the mysteries and Mystery of Being), ends with the letter "Lamed". The first word in the Torah "B'reishit," "in the beginning," begins with the letter "bet" or "vet". Linking these two letters together back to front we discover the word "lev," the Hebrew word for heart. The whole of Torah, this ancient map that guides us in understanding our purpose as humans in partnership with Beingness, is wrapped in a heart of compassion. May love from endless beginnings continuously lead us back to Oneness.


There is still “thyme” to make a secure online donation to the 30th annual Nashua CROP Walk, taking steps to ease hunger locally and around the world. As you know, this year I too will be walking. I hope you will join me on this journey. My original intention was to reach a modest goal of $300, so far your generosity has helped me raise $487, WoW! Please click here to participate; $10, $5, every dollar makes a difference.


Welcome to Week Seventy-Four of
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR
I Heart Macro offerings!

Shine the Divine



Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...

S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)



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69 comments:

  1. I love the pictures especially the jewel-like drops of water all connected like strands of jewels. Beautiful words and images as usual Laura!! I'll link in with both blogs later today and tomorrow.

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  2. I enjoyed youe explanation of the Torah. Thanks Laura. Glad you've surpassed your goal for walking for hunger. Hope you surpass your new goal too. Oh, and I enjoyed your haikus about beginnings.

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  3. Enjoyed your photos and thinking about the spiral of time and how all of life is a progression.

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  4. Gorgeous! I love the glittering waterdrops. Have a great week Laura!

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  5. Hi Laura! Your work always nails my feet to the floor--stunning and deep and beautifully rendered

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  6. Great how you connect the wonderful pictures to those chains...

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  7. I love the "journey of generations, this spiral of time" and, especially, connecting with the breathing of this world. Powerful. A beautiful post! Way to go, raising funds!

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  8. ah i agree in the connection between all of us...and this part...

    we will do and we will hear
    understanding as we connect
    with the breathing of this world
    all BEING

    love it, nice pics too...smiles.

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  9. Graduate course in consciousness. . . .


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3

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  10. Stunning water beads and I love the heart tree!

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  11. Shana tova, Laura! I like how you connect the spiritual and your photos.

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  12. Love the dewdrops macro shots ~ Thanks for sharing a bit of your faith & journey ~ Have a good week ~

    Grace

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  13. Beautiful images. Love the jewel-like water drops.

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  14. Hi,Laura. The waterdrop photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Lovely little drops. I like the rainbows and stars captured in some of them too.

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  16. Gorgeous photographs, as always, Laura. And your poetry and thoughts are magnificent. This brought to mind how wonderful it was to have my family around the dinner table this evening...celebrating Thanksgiving and giving genuine thanks.

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  17. Wow, such a beauty! Well captures all the diamonds in the light...
    Much love

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  18. time and generations pass and we should cherish everything.

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  19. The drops on the twig look like pearls, beautiful !

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  20. Wonderful photos! Love the glittering water drops!

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  21. Dear Laura,
    wonderful pictures of sparkling dew! I was very impressed by what you wrote about the beginning and the end of the Torah.
    Yours,
    Sarah

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  22. "each soul unique holy whole / reflections one into ONE" yes I also believe that each soul is potentially divine...beautiful thoughts and photos Laura...

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  23. So beautiful all pictures are with the water droplets.

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  24. Stunning images Laura and as usual your words are filled with wisdom.

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  25. Daydreams balance with nightdreams.

    We continue to dream.

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  26. Thank you Laura for this beautiful post. I was tired when I linked last night so didn't comment, but your images (pictures and words) stayed with me and I thought of you and your post as soon a I opened my eyes this morning.

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  27. The spiral of time is a wonderful phrase. Ties the spiritual and scientific tightly together.

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  28. Very beautiful pearls dancing ...
    Best regards, Karin

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  29. The colorful drops of water look amazing!

    Iowa Voice

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  30. Beautiful pictures, Laura! Love the picture of the "heart-tree" and the one of all those drops... Makes me think of christmas somehow.

    Judith

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  31. So thankful for letting me the chance to use as a motto some excerpts from your sensitive words written in a previous post... words of a great and special wisdom and inspiration/positivity, so well expressed to bring a little inspiration of living with joy and sincerity especially to ourselves and then, even, shared to the others.
    Not sure if I made myself understood in what I said, cause english is the language, that I'm trying hard to improve it while I'm in a process of continuing learning through reading and writing.
    Thank you kindly, once again, and I'll link a little bit late, with a small pause of a week, due to a catch of coldness (autumnal virosa respiratory... sorry about that) and who affected my blogging activity in previous week and even, in actual one. So all the best in every activity, greetings of well and a sunny october day!

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  32. Heisann!
    Wonderful water "beans"... Autumn is here.... with a lot of visions!
    Have a great week ;:OD)

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  33. The dew drops are magical ~ and I love the heart-shaped tree top. Endless beginnings & forward circle ~ beautiful :)

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  34. Your shots are exquisite! Pure rainbow magic!

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  35. Laura, you captures of the jewel beads are amazing.. I love the reflections and pretty colors..Gorgeous images, thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

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  36. Those droplet shots are special Laura. Wow!

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  37. Tiny little diamonds .... love them!

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  38. The beads of dew look fantastic. They are pearls that shine!. Thanks for sharing Laura!

    Hank

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  39. Your images and the imagery contained within your words are dancing in my soul. My goodness, so much to see and experience...

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  40. Beautiful post again Laura. You bring such spirit to your blog, it's always a lovely place to visit. The beads of dew are exquisite !

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  41. You have such a creative eye and warm heart...hugs..Michelle

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  42. Wonderful to see so many colours in those small water drops. The shot of the lonely tree in that colourful landscape is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the beauty and enjoy your weekend.

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  43. The b&w photo is great!
    My B&W post: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  44. Hi Laura. I'm glad to see that you were able to link. The water drops are amazing it almost seems like they are emitting light.

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  45. I love your words. I love your pictures. I learnt about your culture today reading your blog, and it was a real pleasure for me : I'm so far away from my roots, now that my father (my only link to judaism) has past away. Thanks for this inspiring sharing.

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  46. The dew drop shots are utterly fantastic

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  47. The black and white curl is lovely - beautiful texture. I love the light on all those droplets in your other photos.

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  48. By the time I reached the end of this, an image of a circle dance had surfaced in my mind. Then I read your haikus again and their she was . . .

    forward a circle
    journey of generations
    this spiral of time

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  49. One of my high school teachers used to say, "Time is events." Somehow I think that saying fits in nicely with your "spiral of time."

    Milky Way in a Paper Bag

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  50. What a great post ... it's really hard to find a favorite!

    Happy weekend!

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  51. Nice, I love these beautiful macro with dew drops, wonderful colors ... excellent compositions!

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  52. My comment got lost so I try again! :) Your photos are so gorgeous I love the waterdrops - they look like shimmering pearls. Great!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  53. your heart shaped tree, your golden light, your eternal welcome in the house of belonging.
    xo

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  54. Those raindrops look more like colourful beads than water, so lovely!

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