IF THIS IMAGE SPEAKS TO YOU…READ ON TO SEE WHAT IT MEANS…PART OF A COLLECTION OF SILK & DYE WORKS WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL ( MARI* / C.Jung / J.Campbell ) SYMBOLIC AND ESOTERIC MEANINGS BEHIND THEM – WITH AN EXTRACT FROM THE ACCOMPANYING WRITINGS. ( artwork and writings copyright Tilly Campbell-Allen 2011 )
…………………..We’ve all probably been there at some time – it’s that awful lack lustre feeling, the one where we isolate ourselves, retreat into our shells, whilst we deny that there’s anything wrong. We give up, assume no responsibility – nothing to do with me! We stop bothering, keeping it all in and view the outter world from our little peep-hole – making like a pebble, in some unpleasant place.
This can be a successful survival mechanism of course … when we are stuck in a repressive situation, for example – a big hungry daddy of a bird is out for his dinner! – retraction is far more favourable than surrender … we know that getting the heck out of there maybe the safer option, but we just can’t. Trouble is though, there’s only so long we can remain an un-interactive inanimate lump of rock! But feeling the weight of the heavy shell we’re carrying, stuck and lost on some muddy rocky path … bringing the energy to turn things around is hard work! It can take an awful lot of will power, but most importantly, first must come the desire … the ambition to succeed. Like our little snail, even with that enormous shell, once on it’s mission, it will keep going …and do it brilliantly! whether it’s scaling impossible heights or devouring every leaf off the plant – they will do it perfectly with apparent ease.
Snails are such an old and loved symbol – seen in art works from ancient Mexico through to Mesopotamia seen as symbolising the result of all that has been before – whether that means taking the gauntlet and treading a well worn path, or now the sum total of previous experiences … snails, being totally grounded little things, represent slow and steady wins the race – always progressing with everything they need carried with them … and though their shell may seem very heavy at times and the temptation to crawl back in must be great, the shell is a perfect natural example of Fibonacci’s Golden Ratio – a spiral of ultimate expansion. and with expansion in mind, the shell was also considered a womb and as such expression of fertility … suggesting that we have all that we need to give birth to anything we set our mind to – expanding exponentially… just muster that energy, go forth and be brilliant!