Happy Easter, Passover, or Spring, whatever you celebrate today, or not. Today the idea of “Openness” seems appropriate. We are in lock-down at home because of the Coronavirus but it is still spring and a holiday to many. To be open has a double meaning: it can mean empty as the image above implies, or so full that something pushes open, as an egg or a flower bud. Opening is the life process of turning inside out.
In many ways we are all going through a kind of opening with this pandemic. We are being forced to feel the emptiness of death and despair and this is shattering. Yet, in the shattering and the emptiness, there is a pause that allows us the space for something new. To me that’s what Easter is about, and the ancient wisdom of death and rebirth that is present in just about all human stories of rebirth that predate the Easter one.
This is what I wrote about this image a year ago:
Good can only come to one who is open to it. Most of us clutter up our minds with a lot of worry and stressful thinking that is totally unnecessary and stands in our way of experiencing the good all around us. Even if all we know or feel is something awful or painful, if we can make a little opening in our misery, something new can enter in, and we make room for other stories and with different endings and beginnings.
The image of a bowl such as this is something I have painted over and over. It is one of my prime symbols. It is an archetype for the container that is so important to our life: the womb, the nest, the boat, the home, the vessel that contains the self. The bowl is the shell that allows us to form. Here it is filled with the light of consciousness. The light both fills the vessel and allows it to remain empty.