Death of the Old

It seems to me that all the fears, wounds and secrets that we can not let go of serve to reinforce and defend a rigid sense of identity. Life is constantly recreating itself and so do we if we allow that unfolding. What is creative and new seems to arise out of the death of the old. Spiritual practice of watching is a part of that but it is not a passive observing that I have often seen it to he. Insight arises out of seeing how old patterns are perpetuated and how cultural and traditional pressure might be keeping us trapped while the world by its nature is continually changing. Suffering seems to arise out of that dynamic of resisting change and a lot of our institutions encourage a fixed way of identifying. I definitely wonder how love and compassion can manage to exist and manifest in rigid adherence to old patterns.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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