Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Walking on the wire

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.” 
― RumiEssential Rumi
Finding balance, a skill all its own, is the reward for living.  We need the Yin/Yang nature of life; it is what gives us the mirror for each experience.  Only an fool tries to have stasis and thinks that it is balance.  

We try to balance each of the threads that bind us everyday: the pulls from others; the pulls from within; the way we are knocked off balance by events, requirements, illness and compulsion.  Sometimes we resent the knocks to our balance, however they can be the impetus we need to move again.  Creation is reliant on weaving the threads we balance on together.  Rather than thinking of this as a single, strung tightrope, I imagine them as a horizontal spiders web.  Walking along these threads involves random paths converging or a need to veer in a new direction.  Sometimes they are sticky and tacky, attempting to snarl us up, at others smooth and silky.

Without the pulls to our attention there is no material for the creative urge to mould.  Often it is the very fears and trials of our lives that take a shape in the art we make.  From the humming in the dark to keep the demons of life at bay to the joyous expressions triggered by our children, our loved ones, our friends.
But finding the balance and the time for each pull is the key.

We are knocked off balance by the demands and deadlines of every day life.  From something as simple as cleaning the house, which must be done sometime, to the needs of a job.  The call "Mum!", I defy any parent to deny that it occasions exasperation or dread as often as it occasions joy.  Sometimes the needs of our children seem trivial and irritating; can an argument about whose turn it is really take that much time to sort out?  And yet we are teaching them there own balancing acts.  Resentment at these pulling threads is irrational; we chose our children, our job and our paths and we need to accept the sidetracks, trips and knocks.
Fairy on a Spider's Web


  1. "spirit likes to see us dance on the shifting sands of change" as an old friend said so long ago & this 21st C world is certainly keeping us dancing!!

    1. You are so right...sometimes I enjoy the dance with the spirit, sometimes I wonder if I can sit this one out. I just wish I didn't wobble on my tightrope quite so much!