Monthly Archives: June 2017

143. Spiral (Aesthetics 2)

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Those of you who have been reading my work for a long time will know that if I have a spiritual connection with any animal, it is with the humble snail. They contain soft and hard, vulnerability teamed with resilience, patience and the ability to turn my patio into a shimmering ice rink of silver trails. The spirals they carry everywhere with them are symbols of infinity, and these shapes seem utterly perfect to me. DNA forms itself into spirals, and many astrophysicists now think the universe is shaped like one too.   Imagine carrying a tiny universe on your back!

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

142. Weed (Aesthetics 1)

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When we think of beauty, we are programmed to think of symmetry and perfection, to rate certain face shapes, body sizes, over others. There even seems to be a hierarchy of plants. Think for instance, what the first flower is that comes to mind when you want one that is aesthetically pleasing, and you are more than likely to come up with a rose, or an orchid. But there are a great number of beautiful weeds, too, like these lady’s slippers growing in my lawn, just as there are beautiful people who don’t fit the stereotypes. We need to develop wiser eyes, and challenge the automatic paths we think along.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

141. Heavenly (Light conclusions)

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Everything is illuminated. This becomes more obvious to those with eyes to see, by the presence of the Light of the World. The light within creation and scripture rises up to greet with a kiss, his living presence within us. We can only witness this if we are truly paying attention. Light everywhere teaches us about the reflection of the divine nature contained within all created things and beings, and shows us that almost anything can be deemed beautiful.

The interplay of shadows and light, of dark and bright, of colour and shade, is a divine dance all around us. Delineation keeps us from wandering out of the cosmos of experience entirely, and holds all things in place. Sometimes the light dazzles, creates awe and splendour, other times it is subtle and soft. But always it enables a deeper seeing.

Next, we shall be looking at the way aesthetics enables our spiritual sight.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

140. Indoor Rainbow (Light 13)

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God’s promises hold fast indoors as well as in the heavens, and his spectrum of love is both clearly divisible into the named colours we are so familiar with, and yet so full of nuances and gradation, that all of the wavelengths are inseparably necessary in creating the whole.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

139. Bands of Cloud (Light 12)

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Sometimes the delineation we spoke of the other day is very clear in the sky. A band of clouds like this can seem like a barrier, or a shoreline in the sky, or a rolling wave, a deep and sudden contrast to the clear, vast seeming emptiness of the rest of the heavens. This is our old friend juxtaposition at work again too, for this line makes the light airy space appear even more huge. It reminds us that light and dark are complimentary in the visual world, and that life, like the weather, can visit drastic change upon us in mere moments.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

138. Flowers (Light 11)

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These camellias were growing just outside the local church, in their tiny courtyard. The vibrancy of their colour stopped me in my wheelchair tracks, and the beauty of their shape too, but most of all, the way the sunlight reflected off their silken swirls, creating a haze of delicate light.

It often seems to me that the wonder of the world is not such beauty, but that people can pass by it without being astounded by such abundant grace. My astonishment is that some people barely see these out of the corner of their eye and think, “they’re just flowers.”

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

137. Windows (Light 10)

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Windows are where we let the light in to our buildings, and are the lenses through which we see the world. Our eyes are the “windows to our soul” and gazing into them can tell other people a lot about us, strange as that may seem. Likewise, how our soul has a lot of say in how our sight is configured. Our world view is more influenced by the beliefs of our heart and the workings of our inner world than by the images that form on our retinae.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

136. Lines (Light 9)

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The lines that are created by the absence of light, by shadow, are crucial to our lives. Boundaries, like this fence, and each delineation of panel, keep us sane. We need to have things broken up, cordoned off, edged, else we would just be lost in a sea of vastness, as we are when we look at the sky or the ocean. It is not something we are built to comprehend, this eternity, even though it is the entirety we are created to grow into, serving as we do, an infinite God. In this earthly life, we have need of our caves and our borders, our separateness. Once we begin to understand that we are all one, then we can let go of them a little at a time, like easing out rope.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017

135. Haloes (Light 8)

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Light around a shape, whether (and weather) it is a cloud or a head, is described as a halo. We might think of it as an aura, or a kind of glow, that we often ascribe to coming from within, a measure of saintliness.  When used in art to show holiness, it is often depicted around the whole person of Jesus as an “aureole” or “glory,” whilst lesser saints only have holy heads.

I would not like to know how much light I give off, I think that I would only start to measure it, as human beings tend to do, wondering if I have more Watts than the rest of the pew… as usual I would be thinking of things back to front, for however much our light shines, it is all the grace of God, given, not earned.

text and photo © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017