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“RESO” by SETH DENNON
PRAYER TO THE GREAT SPIRIT
O Great Spirit, who art before all else and who dwells in every object, in every person and in every place, we cry unto Thee. We summon Thee from the far places into our present awareness.
O Great Spirit of the North, who gives wings to the waters of the air and rolls the thick snowstorm before Thee, Who covers the Earth with a sparkling crystal carpet above whose deep tranquility every sound is beautiful. Temper us with strength to withstand the biting blizzards, yet make us thankful for the beauty which follows and lies deep over the warm Earth in its wake.
O Great Spirit of the East, the land of the rising Sun, Who holds in Your right hand the years of our lives and in Your left the opportunities of each day. Brace us that we may not neglect our gifts nor lose in laziness the hopes of each day and the hopes of each year.
O Great Spirit of the South, whose warm breath of compassion melts the ice that gathers round our hearts, whose fragrance speaks of distant springs and summer days, dissolve our fears, melt our hatreds, kindle our love into flames of true and living realities. Teach us that he who is truly strong is also kind, he who is wise tempers justice with mercy, he who is truly brave matches courage with compassion.
O Great Spirit of the West, the land of the setting Sun, with Your soaring mountains and free, wide rolling prairies, bless us with knowledge of the peace which follows purity of striving and the freedom which follows like a flowing robe in the winds of a well-disciplined life. Teach us that the end is better than the beginning and that the setting sun glorifies not in vain.
O Great Spirit of the heavens, in the day’s infinite blue and amid the countless stars of the night season, remind us that you are vast, that you are beautiful and majestic beyond all of our knowing or telling, but also that you are no further from us than the tilting upwards of our heads and the raising of our eyes.
O Great Spirit of Mother Earth beneath our feet, Master of metals, Germinator of seeds and the Storer of the Earth’s un-reckoned resources, help us to give thanks unceasingly for Your present bounty.
O Great Spirit of our souls, burning in our heart’s yearning and in our innermost aspirations, speak to us now and always so that we may be aware of the greatness and goodness of Your gift of life and be worthy of this priceless privilege of living.
© Noel Knockwood
SIDE NOTES ON PASSING IT FORWARD
After reading Nancy Tates Wake-up call for Dec 31, 2010 I went to work creating some of the last artwork for the day. I felt intensely about this artwork above. Right when I finished this piece of artwork about five hours later, I got another e-mail from Nancy with this poem which has been making it way around. I see the oneness in it all and am delighted to add my works to this body. Now I know why, there is certainly allot of energy around this New Year may you have a blessed and joyful celebration this New Year.
Loving all your light.
In 2009, William Dean, CEO of M.C. Dean, commissioned artist, Alex Grey to produce a painting honoring the workforce of the company. The “Lightworker” portrays a man holding a wave of lightning in the shape of a sine wave, the universal symbol of energy and the logo for M.C. Dean. Every pulse of energy or information flowing through a wire or through space is powered by human intelligence. The saw blade halo around his head represents the incisive brilliance that cuts through obstacles with sharp vision. Over his head spirals a funnel of golden flame signifying the higher source that ultimately guides all good works. The transparent anatomical figure characterizes a universal human defined by science. This x-ray view into a imaginal world reveals a subtle energetic matrix enveloping the “Lightworker.” The intention of the “Lightworker” image is to inspire an uplifting vision commemorating the heroic efforts made by the engineers and the entire team that make M.C. Dean one of the greatest electrical contractors in the world.
Tremendous gratitude and appreciation to Bill Dean and Board member, Eric Dean, for their generous support of CoSM and for the extraordinary gathering of over a thousand friends in Miami in tribute to the unveiling of the “LightWorker” painting.
A very limited edition of etchings were created in preparation for the “Lightworker” painting. These rare and precious prints, hand drawn by the artist and created in the classic method, will be gifted to those who donate $5,000 or greater to the Chapel project. Celebrate the return of the light, by making a significant contribution to CoSM.
This season, let your gift to CoSM of any size represent a commitment to build a temple that honors creativity as a spiritual path.
Alex and Allyson