I actually did this drawing late Sunday night. I was so stimulated mentally after our trip that I found sleep elusive. So I too an intuitive attempt.
I thought all the exposure to art would inspire me. But what seems to be the main inspiration for this piece is actually a blog entry I'd read earlier that Sunday, Netjeru in Nature The author speaks of "honor[ing] the Gods within the natural forces."
So in my drawing, we see The Lady of the Sycamore (Hathor or Hethert) represented as a tree pulsing with energy, and Ra's rays are there, also. The couple are approaching them with offering bowls, ("cool water" is often given to trees, to supplement the water the rain brings). However, they seem to be a bit uncertain as to whether the offering is sufficient.
Here, ecological concerns merge with spiritual concerns. Quite often, we worry, "Are we doing enough to lighten our ecological footprint?" There are various quizzes out there to access this. One said if everyone lived as Julia and I do, we'd all need 1.3 planets to sustain us. Another, quite a bit more dire, declared our "excesses", if indulged in by all, sufficient to require 4.5 planet earths! Ai-i-i-i! What to do? We are not that energy indulgent. We live in a small house, thereby requiring less energy to heat and cool it. I live close to my work, and except for the rare excursions, don't use that much gas. Yuma does have a recycling program, so we recycle everything we can. And we eat mostly fresh and/or frozen produce, with a minimum of processed foods. And while we eat fish and the rare chicken (and the even rarer pork), we don't eat beef, which causes the biggest ecological burden.
So how come 4.5 planets??? I'm not giving up the car, until I'm too feeble to drive it, or public transportation is improved. And I'm certainly not going to give up the occasional enjoyable, but gas-hogging excursions. I rather suspect their claimed requirements for sustainability (using 1 planet) might be a bit draconian. Am I selfishly indulgent to think so?
Meanwhile, I hope I am not giving those in the distant future dismay and disappointment.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
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