This week's topic for the Mixed Media Memoirs is: "If I peeled back the layers they would see..."
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Doing these MMM I have been actively peeling back the layers... So this week's image includes my MMM - I photographed the book I'm putting each image into.
Recently I've been working with energies derived from the shamanic three world model. When shaman journey they often go into one or more of the three worlds: lower, middle and upper world. For instance to find your power animals you are most likely to go into the lower world, to meet a spirit guide you would probably journey into the upper world. The middle world is very close to what we experience as manifest, physical reality.
When I posted "The past that lingers" three weeks ago I hadn't noticed then that the picture was very much a three world one:
- The karmic stones are in the upper world.
- The train of life in the middle.
- And an animals paw-print in the lower - I kept on wondering why it had to be an animal's paw-print and not a human's... yet it really did!
That week's MMM came just before a massive clearing / healing crisis. I'm still processing to some extent as it really has signified a big shift. That's why I show the MMM open at that week's image.
As someone has just commented to me by email, (and which happens to fit the first MMM):
Judging from the amount you put into your MMMs, it would be surprising if things didn't come to the surface. It's sometimes necessary to look into deep water to see a proper reflection.
An excellent description of this whole process. Thank you, Kyknoord!
One of the values of keeping a journal is that one may spot some of the patterns that one's life falls into. And one of the huge values of doing the MMM is that, for me, this is an incentive to translate those patterns into pictures.
I do this without really understanding what will come out later though I can give reasons for most of what I've put in at the time.
This image of cycles of growth and decay came whilst I was clearing and I'm hoping means I've found the key at last!
It certainly brought me hope while I was feeling rather grotty.
Last week I declared that I was ready to stop avoiding being myself.
I depicted a labyrinth, an ancient symbol. I made it green because at the time I was thinking of something similar I'd made in enamels and I used the blue-green of oxidised copper as a reference to its age and its material.
However now I also see it as being a somewhat lurid grass green. The only labyrinth I've ever walked is at Saffron Waldon in Essex where there is a complete turf labyrinth. I don't know where, if anywhere, this will lead me but as I'm unpeeling I thought I'd mention it.
When you peel back those layers what emerges is indeed myself. However it depends on your point of view what you see.
So this week's MMM is about what has now emerged.
This time I was consciously using the three world model:
- Upper world - mandala and words
- Middle world - the sea, my heart and my MMM
- Lower world - a Russian doll
Let your heart shine through in all that you doBoth easy enough to say though putting them into action maybe less straight forward.
Shine your light in every night
Especially when you've got gremlins in your light, which is another reason I put that page uppermost in the middle section. I need to tackle them!
I've used a symbolic heart - it was Valentine's Day when I was making the picture ;-) - and because that chimes with the words. I'm also using heart to mean centre. And its from one's centre that one may move up or down to explore these levels, note the convenient stairs.
The sea here represents the emotions. They are real and not to be denied. It is all too easy to yearn towards spiritual experience and want to explore those higher levels but often one needs to do more to sort out one's baggage before flying. And the place to do that is in the lower levels. By unpeeling.
In my journal recently I drew one of these wooden toys, with a woman inside a woman inside a woman... and so on down to the little solid wooden doll in the middle.
I've never owned one but used to play with one at my grandmother's. So on Monday I went to our local shops on the off-chance I'd find one.
In one shop I learned that they are not "Russian dolls" as I had been taught to call them but are called "Matryoshka".
I didn't find one, by any name, but I found a key-ring made from one of the central wooden dolls. I'm taking this as a sign that I've unpeeled as far as I need at the moment!