It’s been weeks since I worked on a new piece for my collage series entitled “For the Spiritual Journey”. Last week, “Serve”, #10 in the series, finally came to me in a moment of inspiration. I laughingly say “in a moment of inspiration” because inspiration is a funny thing. In a way, it can’t be forced. That’s why it took so long for me to complete this piece. Yet, in another way, inspiration has to be encouraged by looking at the unfinished work daily, letting it incubate in my mind & heart, sketching ideas as they come, & persevering until the right image appears. Like Thomas A. Edison said, “Success is 10% inspiration & 90% perspiration.”
This collage series represents the many components of the individual spiritual journey. Some may resonate with you while others do not. That’s ok. Take what works & leave the rest.
“Serve” resonates deeply with me because it takes spirituality to a more meaningful level, by looking within to discover gifts, talents, & strengths to share with other beings. Beliefs & values become purpose-full actions.
I created a figure standing on an open lotus blossom, awakened by the divine energy entering the crown of his head. His outreached, deliberately over-sized hands open to the world, allowing that divine energy to flow through him & radiate to the world around him. He discovers his life’s purpose through the act of service.
What does this look like in my life? I’m still figuring that out. But I think I’ve purchased enough books, taken enough classes, & meditated enough to know that the next step is serving as the opportunity arises. I don’t have all the answers but like the figure in this piece, I’m open to the Divine & willing to share of my Self.