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Looking Beyond

Sometimes we have to look beyond life.  Blur our vision a little and then see what we can see.  Blurred Leaves

Childhood Dreams

This is where my childhood adventures started.  This is where I used to play, in the dene, next to my childhood home.  I feel lucky to have grown up here. Maybe this is where my love affair with nature started too.  I still live close to the dene, I still visit it, and the fields that surround it.  And I feel that I belong, in the peace and the solitude.

light

Lyke Wake Dirge

On this night, on this night,
Every night and all,
Hearth and house and candle-light,
And Christ receive your soul.

When from here away you pass
Every night and all,
To Thorny Moor you come at last;
And Christ receive your soul.

If ever you gave hose and shoes,
Every night and all,
Sit then down and put them on;
And Christ receive your soul.

But if hose and shoes you gave none
Every night and all,
The thorns shall prick you to the bare bone;
And Christ receive your soul.

From Thorny Moor then you may pass,
Every night and all,
To Bridge of Dread you come at last;
And Christ receive your soul.

If ever you gave silver and gold,
Every night and all,
At Bridge of Dread you’ll find foothold,
And Christ receive your soul.

But if silver and gold you gave none
Every night and all:
You’ll tumble down into Hell’s flames
And Christ receive your soul.

From Bridge of Dread then you may pass,
Every night and all,
To Purgatory fire you’ll come at last;
And Christ receive your soul.

If ever you gave meat or drink,
Every night and all,
The fire will never make you shrink;
And Christ receive your soul.

But if meat or drink you gave none,
Every night and all,
The fire will burn you to the bare bone;
And Christ receive your soul.

On this night, on this night,
Every night and all,
Hearth and house and candle-light,
And Christ receive your soul.

Receive My Soul

Water is my Life

I am again drawn to water.  And, the sound, oh the soothing sound that it sings to us, drawing us close so that we may stand and stare.  Does it ever stand still?  Do we ever stand still?

Can it enlighten us?  What can it teach us?  Simplicity.  Be in the moment.  Do not think of the future, do not think of the past.  Live today.  When we realise this then we are close to enlightenment.  This is something that I must learn to do.  I am always thinking ahead, thinking of next week.  When I am in the garden, or out in nature, I often think of the tomorrow when everything goes back to sleep.  I must try and think of the moment.  Live the moment.  Enjoy what is in front of me, around me, free my mind of the tomorrows.  Be alive.

water is my life

Water

I feel at peace when I am close to water. I love to hear its soothing sound.  It is our life source, the blood that runs through this land that we stand upon.  Without it we cannot survive.   Sometimes I feel I should follow it, see where it leads, see what I find at its end.  But it never ends, it is continuous, it is infinite.  There is no beginning, there is no end.  Maybe that is life, no beginning, no end.  Maybe life is infinite.  Maybe we continue on in a different universe, a different life, on and on we go, seeking enlightenment at every turn.

water runs through our lives

water

A Long and Arduous Road

The road to enlightenment is a very difficult one.  Sometimes it can be a case of one step forward, and two steps back.  But even though the road is often strewn with obstacles we must keep on, because one day the road will become easier to walk along.

When things go wrong I often dwell on the negatives.  But I see it as a test.   If I can get past the negatives then the spirit will grow stronger and next time the negatives won’t seem as bad.

Dene

This series of photographs is developing into something very special.  Not only do I love the images and what they represent but going out into nature and taking them is allowing me to get closer to nature.  And it is through nature that I believe my path takes me.  Maybe its a two way street.  I seek enlightenment so I go out into nature to take photographs and by doing so I discover something about myself which enables me to move forward on that path.

following the light

I experiment with a lot of different photography, sometimes some of what I do falls by the wayside.  But I am always drawn to nature.  Nature is my saviour.

Printing……

Little 6 x 4 prints just to see what my Road to Enlightenment series looks like printed off.   Cheap little prints from asda but it’s always good to see what photos look like when they’re printed.  Think they will look good on fine art paper mounted and framed too.   The series is coming along nicely, getting a real feel for it.   Especially as I am exploring the realms of Enlightenment and spiritual awareness.   Trying to make sense of life and follow a path to maybe some kind of Enlightenment awakens the senses.   Whether I will get there is another matter.  Sometimes it feels like one step forward two steps back.   We tend to pick up a lot of baggage over the years which is hard to give up and its quite easy to fall into the old ways.