Ripples of Gratitude

We are all connected.
In the great web of life – my string effects your string as we cross.
The tensions, colors, and angles for our strings, effect every other sting in our web.

Chosen Myths for weaving:
Wyrd Sisters – The Norns of Norse Myth and The Moirai from the Greeks
Indra’s Net from Mahayana Buddhism and Yggdrasil Tree from Norse

For this event, we will focus on generosity and gratitude to understand the ripples that we create and the ripples that created us. It will be a time to weave our stories literally and figuratively as we make works of art and gratitude. No skill is necessary – only an open mind and a spark for creativity.

June 4, 2022

“Everything is connected, like a delicate web. Ever growing, ever changing. New silvery strands come together every day, and once the strand is formed, no matter what superficial circumstances may sometimes keep you apart, it is never broken. You will meet again, perhaps in another lifetime. The connection is unbreakable, lying dormant in your subconscious.”

― Chelsie Shakespeare, The Pull

“In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel at the net’s every node, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars of the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that the process of reflection is infinite. The Hua’yen school [of Buddhism] has been fond of this image, mentioned many times in its literature, because it symbolizes a cosmos in which there is an infinitely repeated interrelationship among all the members of the cosmos. This relationship is said to be one of simultaneous mutual identity and mutual intercausality.”

Francis H. Cook, Hua-yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra

String Art examples

Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded, and the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand….You are all stardust; you couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because all the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, and all the things that matter for evolution – weren’t created at the beginning of time, they were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way that they could get into your body was if the stars were kind enough to explode … – the stars died so that you could be here today.” 

Physicist and Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, lecture 2009.

“If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Clouds in Each Paper.

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