Day 19 of 59 Days: "Cage or Wings?""
Day 19: “Cage or Wings?”
May 9, 2019
Original Painting: “Stillness”, Acrylic on paper, 18×24, 10/12/2018
When I looked at this painting this morning, the first thing that jumped into my head, was cage or wings? The texture of this painting is rich and moving, with the obvious heart shape in the center. Some see a spine in the center of the painting. When I think of the heart, I come back to the question, “Cage or wings?” How do I allow myself to experience my life and my heart? Do I view it from a restricted place of how things should be, must be or won’t be? Or, do I allow the energy to flow, lift and open to the possibilities?
From the anatomical perspective, the heart sits inside the rib cage with the wings of the scapula as guardians of the back. The thoracic spine runs from the base of the neck to the abdomen and it anchors the ribs. From the energetic perspective, the heart sits at the center of the Chakras and is the middle cauldron or dan tien in Chinese Medicine. The heart is a place of much information and some believe it is the “true” command center of the body.
So how do the title of this painting “Stillness,” and my blog title and question: “Cage or Wings?” relate to each other? In the I-Ching, Stillness follows Taking Action. The message of the Gua of Stillness is, “Events cannot continue in motion without stopping, they must rest. Thus, after Taking Action Stillness follows.” Yesterday’s blog was “Taking Action”. Today’s painting, “Stillness”, was painted a month before “Taking Action.” The I-Ching is an Oracle and is used for reflection and divination. I use it for contemplation. I throw the coins and select the gua based on the coin toss and read some of the narrative until something stirs. The question of cage or wings has me reflecting on this contrast between action and stillness. At times, is my stillness because I have caged myself with fear, routine, habit, or the opinion of another? Or, am I taking so much action…doing too much and I cannot hear it is time to rest and reflect? Do I allow my heart the freedom to be the “true command center”? Or, am I shushing it and caging it in? What makes the cage? What creates the wings?
This blog is unfinished…it has taken me all day to come back to it. I have more to contemplate about my heart, the cage and the wings. It is not lost on me that yesterday’s and today’s painting are related in order as they appear in the I-Ching. I will take some time to sit with this. Obviously, this is a lesson for me. I hope it is for you as well. Blessings and peace on your journey.
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