Between the greater-soul & fleshed reality are particles, the final tangible reaches of our thought, seeming like something singing out beyond the rugged tabletops of testable existence, & if we had eyes to see this outlandish world, we might see a swirling of mysterious cloudy forms, a blending of ourselves & our surroundings in a mystical dancing light, in salty jewels, our cloudy arms & hands would try to reach our cloudy chairs & sink & blend into a mad phantasmagoria…
We should be afraid until we learned that we were part of it, our bodies swirling clouds of atoms; but what’s important is that we would be seeing at the gate just beyond which is the home of Mystery, source of Soul, which is our truest life, our centrum…
Now where would we be if we stepped forward, through the gate, through the mysterious clouds of unknowing?
This makeshift shadowy world is a metaphor which is our chariot of choice, our light-inducting dark-proof vehicle ready to ride the road & river of space & time, to deliver us from evil, which is all that isn’t, in the vision of the cloud-bodied hungry soul, when it goes through the gate to the mystery of unanswering love..
We see from there how all things flow outward toward wisdom, & back upon themselves toward joy, & that love is always answering, is the cloud formed into self, which is others & all, at once
. E.M. Shorb

We stand always on this side of the gate looking through to what is on the other side…it is light sometimes, it is dark at others…dare we go through?…in his brilliant poem Shorb says it for us..

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    © Janis Zrobackabout 5 years ago

    Now where would we be if we stepped forward, through the gate, through the mysterious clouds of unknowing?

  • blamo
    blamoabout 5 years ago

    This would make a brilliant lampshade Janis

  • You are right…now I have to make one…thanks Tone…great idea…

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  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeabout 5 years ago

    This is intensely cool….fantastic work!!

  • Love that comment…thank you so much Teri…

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  • webbie
    webbieabout 5 years ago

    AW Sis Janis thats just beautiful….blamo is right it would be a awsome lamp shade huggggggggggz

  • Thank you so much Thelma…now I have to make one.. :))

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  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 5 years ago

    gotta go with Tone……..oh and I see the light………..thru the gate………..

  • Thank you so much KJ…I’m glad you do… :))

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  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 5 years ago

    This is really beautiful Janis! I am amazed at your illumination technique!

  • Thank you so much Joanne…just lighter paint in the centre, and darker at the edges…I’m so glad you like it…

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  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 5 years ago

    Awesome work Janis

  • Nice of you to say so…thank you so much Vickie…

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  • DanaMS
    DanaMSabout 5 years ago

    So gorgeous my friend! :) xox

  • Thank you so much DD..nice to see you…

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  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneabout 5 years ago

    Love the colours and the vibrancy of the work. Beautiful!!

  • Thank you so much Anna…that’s so nice of you…

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  • owlspook
    owlspookabout 5 years ago

  • Wonderful news…thank you so much… :))

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