Not One, A Thousand

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Red Lanterns, Penang, Malaysia    2016

 ” You are not one, you are a thousand. Light your lantern.”


A multitude of hanging lanterns covers a ceiling in Penang, one of my favourite cities.

Spectacular and uplifting (or down dangling ,take your pick)!

If it is not too much of  a cultural mish-mash to attach a quote from a Persian poet and philosopher to a Chinese icon such as these lanterns, I’ll tell you why:

Sometimes the world is just overwhelming, and we feel that we are insignificant in the face of it.

But when we project our true selves and passions, we can connect with those around us .Somehow,and this is sort of mysterious, we become “bigger”and grow. As we ourselves are lit up and inspired, we have the power to inspire others too.

Soon the whole ceiling is covered…

Nothing Is Separate From Anything Else

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Double Rainbow, Nelson, NZ.  July 2018

“You must stop seeing God as separate from you, and you as separate from each other. Nothing exists in the  universe that is separate from anything else.Everything is intrinsically connected, irrevocably interdependent, interactive, interwoven into the fabric of all life”

–  from ‘Conversations With God’, Neale Donald Walsch

I took this picture at the airport waiting for a flight home from holiday. Near me was an old friend that I do not see often but there is a connectedness when we do .She has given inspiration to me at times I needed it. It was a ‘coincidence’ that we were vacationing in the same place at the same time, and then again that we were on the same flight . There was rain around ,and then a stunning double rainbow appeared. There was a sadness in my friend when she talked and a tear in her eye, as the skies wept rain and spread colours around. Not a lot I could say in comfort ,only to share in those feelings of hurt, but it was a little ‘God’ moment when the universe appeared smaller, just sitting there ,connected at a confluence of human paths and nature.