I have been dreaming of mountains, moonlight and clouds. During the recent full moon I stepped outside at 2am. Stars abound in the New Zealand sky, clouds scurrying along the Hakarimata mountains across the river. What a universe!
Lady Izumi Shikibu lived at the border between the 10th and 11th centuries. She must have dreamed of mountains and moonlight as well. She wrote:
I go out of the darkness Onto a road of darkness Lit only by the far off Moon on the edge of the mountains Izumi (translation by Kenneth Rexroth, in One Hundred Poems from the Japanese
Through busy days and dreamy nights, I keep pondering meanings and purposes – those of life, business…and painting. At times it feels as if a huge purpose holds me safely in its sway. Other times I drift as a leaf in a late afternoon storm. I try to live upright through both these views of life.
In his wonderful book The Silence of the Animals, John Gray writes:
Godless mysticism cannot escape the finality of tragedy, or make beauty eternal. It does not dissolve inner conflict into the false quietude of any oceanic calm. All it offers is mere being. There is no redemption from being human.
Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you are happy and content.