I recently partnered with Print. Organize. Protest., a network of independent artists and printers working together for radical social change. I contributed the print featured below titled, How the Light Gets In. As a seed keeper, I have witnessed many times the tremendous unraveling of seed coats as new life is initiated. I see that the tremendous pain of our times can also signal a collective wake-up call, and act as a catalyst for more expansive engagement and responsive compassion. Sometimes profound growth takes form following a time of great destruction.
I have been reflecting on this poem by Jalaluddin Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks--
“I said: what about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.
I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.
I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?
I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
This earthly and mystic message has reverberated across time. Musician Leonard Cohen, who passed on recently, moved this message forward with his beautiful song, The Anthem.
"Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That's how the light gets in"