As gifts, I made "recipe" books this year. Aside from gumbo, cornbread, gluten-free carrot cake, and curried chicken, the thought came to also include recipes for living successfully: the St. Francis Prayer: Jesus's commandments to love God with all your heart, with all your soul and all your mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself: the 12 Steps: the "recipe" pictured to the right which says, "To turn what
we know is right
into righteous action,
to walk toward
the light of truth
with no fear."
For that page of the book, I had the opportunity to draw the "Gye Nyame" a few times, an African sigil meaning "God is Supreme" (also pictured to the right above).
In so doing I had an experience of its flow, energy, unity, beauty. It brought to mind the radiant energy depicted by the Black Madonna and Child's halos and golden bodies, their "glory" and "light" that capture the radiance that must have surrounded Jesus when he was here bodily, for those who could FEEL it, experience it, be healed by it.
The Gospel of John is my favorite, whose nativity story is different than the others:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Glory = light
This brought to my heart an experience at the drum circle in Congo Square recently - listening, dancing, being IN and WITH the energy. Maybe you can't hear it - but if you could represent it, it would certainly glow. That is what the halo and the Gye Nyame capture, the glow, the glory, the energy, the movement, the dance.
Notice the same radiant energy in these images of the vibrational patterns of words and sounds in sand. Are these other physical manifestations of the "Words" of Apostle John? "And the Word became flesh."
The images below are of ancient Temples of the Anunnaki in Africa, apparently also gold mines - notice the pattern does not stop at the most visible outer wall but continues like a sound vibration. The highly advanced non-invasive technology they developed in these structures, tapped into energy that allowed them to harvest gold. Remember, halos are gold, too.
To me, everything on this page seems to express the same thing, the energy, the Glory of God. How wonderful that the "image of God" as captured by the Gye Nyame allows us to "worship in spirit and truth" without any "graven image."
Thank you God for Jesus, our brother with the same Father, the same "Elohim." the same "I AM." Thank you God for manifesting the Word among us. Thank you God for LOVE, for music that makes us dance, restores us to sanity, "sanitizes" us, and thank you for the truth "made flesh" by Jesus, the deep truth spoken in Word that enters our hearts, bypasses our stifling, intellectual minds, the truth he lived out by returning to bear witness after he was lynched.
God reaches our spirit through pure God energy made flesh, so powerful it aligned a star which then attracted three astrologers, changed the course of history, and brought "the true light." "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it."
Have a Glory-ful Radiant day!