Guest Post and Giveaway by Mario R Zeleny…
Darkness and Light is a spectrum. We live between them, in the place of color. They spin second by second as eternally entwined lovers. Together, they are wholeness. Our lives are the infinitesimal space between the bodies of Darkness and Light while they dance.
We dwell in the eye of their storm; the wind of their dance caressing, touching our lives… chaos swirling within arm’s reach. When we allow ourselves to be pushed slightly away from the center, there is imbalance. The answer to too much light is darkness. The answer to too much darkness is light.
But there are those of us who live a lie. The great lie that darkness and light exist separately from each other. This great illness has spurred fantastic inventions that we use to avoid parts of life we have labeled evil, and many times call Darkness.
The fantastic inventions have elevated our existence (the light bulb) and have also killed millions (atom bomb). Yet, we remain blind to the eternal dance happening right before our eyes; trying to live as if light is separate from the dark. Some of the brightest historic moments have been brought on by violence, destruction and loss. Some of the most horrific moments in history have been brought on by the “light” of religion or “reason”. To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.
Art however it manifests is the real redeemer. It is the ultimate self-care: to create it or to own it. Art creates a worm hole where unfolding mysteries resolve within the oneness of our creation. The viewer begins unfolding their own mysteries as a result of experience our art. This, eventually, leads back to a place of oneness; nearer to balance.
Autumn calls us to spend an amorous season in the dark, with only enough light to gaze upon morphing shadows. The shapes are our own delicate mortal monsters, panting like dogs for our attention. Their life span is so short. Their love filled with ebony treasures they long to leave with us before they depart.
I invite you to take a soul ride with me as I reveal the Arte Explicans - The Art of Unfolding.
Let’s create from the mysteries carried deep within. When we do, art becomes supercharged with significance and awareness. The Art of Unfolding provides a voice for the innate, dark affairs that muse—and occasionally roar—in the murky recesses of our soul. We will always be surprised as well as become inspiration to others, as long as the process is followed completely and we give ourselves to the unfolding journey.
We begin the journey at Sancti Spiritus by discussing the process for the Art of Unfolding, and actually departing at Soul Shadow Studio aboard the Ray Bradbury Express: The Halloween Tree, as we celebrate our Magaly’s All Hallow’s Grim 2013… So Good, So Dark.
Mario R Zeleny is the author of Soul Shadow Studio and Sancti Spiritus. He enjoys photography, graphic design, digital art, figurative sculpture, mixed media, and painting. And I must tell you, my Wicked Luvs, that I enjoy Mario’s work quite a bit. These two pieces, from here and here, do something to my witchy heart (emotional Daisies and Autumn piercing its own heart):
I will paraphrase Mario’s words to describe part of his vision to you. He believes that there is one process that cuts through all the obstacles to connect him with creation, self and sacred source: ART. He is working towards a coaching certification at Mentor Coach LLC, attending Seminary and looking forward to a Masters in Divinity… and he has a heart that barely fits in his chest.
Halloween Care Package
This basket of yumminess includes the following: Happy Halloween Sign, 2 Mexican DOD Lotteria Cards, Pumpkin Kleenex, Skull napkins, Sculpted eye lashes, Day of the Dead Sugar Skull fingernails, SKelli Owl Shot glass color changing ghost sculpture, Boo Socks, Boo Dog Treats, Medium Dog Halloween Collar or Hair Band (for humans), Purple Plush Sugar Skull, and a $25 Amazon gift card.
To enter, answer the following: Mario suggests that “To label light and dark as good or bad is the ultimate illusion.” Do you agree with this statement? If so, what do you believe drives our society to such levels of self-deceit? If not, explain the reasons behind the disagreement.
For Extra Entries – Worth one entry each
3. Be a Wicked Darling. Follow Pagan Culture (this blog).
* Enter by Oct 24th at 5:13 pm EDT. Visit the Giveaway Rules page for eligibility and details.