Friday, November 11, 2011

The Lord of Wild Things

I love the experience of allowing a new mask to morph into existence. I'm taken on a fantastic journey which begins with my willingness to let go of preconceived ideas. My latest began with a simple idea...the merging of two leather circles of the same size into one mask. This starting point was sparked by my recent interest in the sacred geometry of crop circles. A crop circle is a large pattern created by the flattening of a crop such as wheat or rye. Over the last couple of months I've looked, with great interest, at dozens of images and am absolutely awestruck by the extraordinary complexity and precision of these formations. At least as remarkable as their beauty and execution is their unknown origin.

To give you an idea of scale, here is a picture taken of a field in Wiltshire, England 2010.
Having heard about crop circles in the past, I was genuinely intrigued. Though back then my reaction resembled what I felt when I heard stories about UFO sightings...amazement tempered by not knowing what to make of the various theories ranging from natural phenomena and man-made hoaxes, to the paranormal. The fact that no one could say for sure how they were made, or by whom or what, had the effect of devaluing the lesson they had to teach me. That is until recently. Timing is such a funny thing. Part of the magic of crop circles is that their power can only be fully accessed through a shift in one's awareness. It's precisely within that shift that a deeper understanding of oneself emerges.

This mask, Cernunnos (The Lord of Wild Things), began, morphed, and came into being as the crop circles whispered to me, "Abandon your expectations, nothing is as it seems." Here's to the power of shifting dimensions.

ps - click on the image for a larger view.