Learning to swim

Silk Alchemy

Joined March 2010

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IF THIS IMAGE SPEAKS TO YOU …. KEEP ON READING TO FIND OUT WHAT IT MAY MEAN… PART OF A COLLECTION OF SILK & DYE WORKS BASED ON MARI*, C.JUNG, J.CAMPBELL… PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMBOLIC , COLOUR AND ESOTERIC MEANINGS BEHIND THEM – WITH AN EXTRACT FROM THE ACCOMPANYING WRITINGS. ( artwork and writings copyright Tilly Campbell-Allen 2011 ) Generally, the writing is divided up into an intuitive response and feelings then more of an intellectual understanding behind the image, followed by some questions to consider.

The seahorse passively holds on to it’s weedy leaf, denied of it’s maternal nurturing as his mother…strong, independent still oddly domineering, yet leaves the care to the father…but , all too soon, the seahorse is alone. Lost to the will of the current of the tides … confused about his new life … and as much as he wants to undertake his new journey … he doesn’t feel strong enough….so, leaden, he sinks to the seabed, wondering if this was all some sort of punishment by his parents…as his rage grows, based on this toxic care giving, yet, it remains repressed as he actually is left numb … depressed and strangely guilty. Unable to grow. Unable to address his own needs. No such thing as self esteem.

Have you felt this? Maybe we have had moments where we feel like all the care giving has been stripped away from us, leaving us alone and weak.At the beginning of any journey, we can all benefit from that ‘mothers touch’ – not too much of course! as this brings about it’s own problems too! Symbolically, lets take a moment to see what the humble seahorse has to tell us….yes – there is a lack of female nurturing…they also represent a resistance to change. Maybe, our lack of ‘umph’ is secretly because we’re so used to the status quo that we’d rather stay there than really put in the effort or passively allow ourselves to the will of external factors….equally, the little seahorses are stoic and hold on to their blade of weed, suggesting their inflexibility to succumb to the whim of the currents, conversely showing us their calm persistence in ever moving, ever changing waters. This actually then earned them the reputation of strength and power to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who likened the little creature to Poseidon or Neptune – naturally maybe, as he rules the seas and horses…but also – earthquakes. So, through all the turbulence of the ground shattering around one, we also have,within us, the quiet, calm strength to hold on…and by association, offer protection – for the seahorse is not totally lacking in care giving – but as soon as it’s time, the father knows that the little ones must go forth and fend for themselves…. such is our lives….for in the end….no one else is responsible for us – we are responsible for ourselves. We must be our own caregivers. Nurture ourselves.Love others yet let others do the same. However weak or heavy the start has been, however confused or depressed, numb or furious we may feel….we’re always in the present – the future is our making … we can let go of the weak rooted seaweed, rise and learn to swim.

Can I support myself?
Do I put on others?
Am I ready to swim?

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