The Teachings

ceramic, 22×3″

The Cherokee medicine man Rolling Thunder once said:

“The teachings don’t come like some people think. You can’t just sit down and talk about the truth. it doesn’t work that way. You have to live it, and be part of it, and you might get to know it. I say you might. And it’s slow and gradual and doesn’t come easy.”

I have what I call an infinite relationship with Santa Fe.

Infinite as opposed to finite defined by New York University professor of religion James Carse when he says: “ can only be said that these persons played with each other and in such a way that what they began cannot be finished.”

I love this definition.

When I experience an infinite relationship with a person, place, creature, thing, fragrance, thought, piece of my own art or another’s

An open ended sense arrives with it.

This, in opposition to say-politics or my ex-husband or any sport or war or things where rules are followed.

I made a decision to get my business cards reprinted as I come to the bottom of the box in my desk.

As I wheel around town just looking, enjoying and being nothing other than myself

I find a good number of people drawn into conversation with me.

Often these are amazingly intelligent and sparkly folks with fascinating stories and history which interest me greatly.

Yes, I am no longer the artist-woman making objects.

Something else is opening to me and I have done absolutely nothing

Other than be myself

Which, lest I forget,

Has taken me half a century to embody.


2 Responses to “The Teachings”

  1. dion flannery on October 5th, 2013

    You have done everything!!

  2. Barry on October 5th, 2013

    I once thought/wrote “Be yourself until you’re good enough at it that others perceive it as a gift to them.” It’s not necessarily an overtly conscious thing, but I think that’s why people are being drawn to you. I’m experiencing it too. It started for me some years ago when asked “who are you.” I decided my reply would be ” I am, that if asked, you would say your life is better for having known me.” Trying to live from that definition has opened some things up and is often there to tap me on the shoulder in guiding my behavior. I could go on and on, but this is not the vehicle so I’ll just end by suggesting that by Carse’s definition, you may be coming aware of the infinite relationship with yourself.

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