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In Search of the Authentic Self

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"Expansion" The work of Paige Bradley

It isn’t often that I borrow images from others, but today’s image is one that just begged to be brought here.  I came across this image thanks to one of my Twitter friends, someone who had found the image at a site called Poor Artists hosted on Tumblr.  I then went in search of Paige Bradley’s own page where the statue is featured in four different settings. I encourage readers to check out both sites as there is so much to see.  The world is richer than one often thinks.

In a way, I find this to be a synchronistic event, the “tweet” to view the image.  I am reading Women Who Rub With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.  In the book she talks about accessing the Wild Woman or La Loba:

Each woman has potential access . . . She arrives there through deep meditation, dance, writing, painting, prayermaking, singing, drumming, active imagination, or any activity which requires an intense altered consciousness.” (Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves, p. 30)

How fitting an image to go with this ancient idea!  Yet, that is not all that was synchronistic for me.  As several of my recent posts have discussed, naturism is another current area of study, the idea of being Sky Clad as an outer expression of honesty to match the quest of discovery of the authentic self.  This image, Expansion, addresses this quest as well.  I guess I could say that I am double lucky in having this image appear in my life at this particular time.

 

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  1. I don’t know if you read about how this sculpture came about but I found it quite relevant to the final result. The artist, Paige Bradley, stated:

    “So, literally, I took a perfectly good wax sculpture – a piece I had sculpted with precision over several months – an image of a woman meditating in the lotus position, and just dropped it on the floor. I destroyed what I made. I was letting it all go. It was scary. It shattered into so many pieces. My first feeling was, ‘What have I done!?!’ Then, I trusted it would all come together like I envisioned.”

    Cedric

    July 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    • Hi Cedric. Thanks for looking further into this. Yes, it came together as it should have and as a result, the final product is more meaningful to many more people.

      rgl

      July 11, 2011 at 6:56 pm


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