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Though the works created by members are the personal expression of each, in a sense they are still a collaborative effort because we share a common message and theme. A sharing that expands from My Here to Your Here to Our Here. A binding as strong as gravity itself. These members are engaged in the creative process. More importantly, they have taken the time to share something of themselves in being themselves. That may be as simple as finding a quotation that speaks to our message or theme. It could be a painting, an essay or poem. It is a journey of the imagination encompassing all forms of art and expression. There is no age requirements to begin, no special credentials needed to participate.
BEGIN is not Facebook or Twitter. — It’s not sufficient to just “like” what one finds here. You can’t always express it in 140 characters or less. We believe mass communication hasn’t made us feel more connected.
Quote from Joseph Campbell
“People say what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being and reality, so we actually feel the rapture of being alive”
Quote by Rabindranath Tagore
“Relationship is the fundamental truth of this world of appearance,” the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore — the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize — wrote in contemplating human nature and the interdependence of existence. Relationship is what makes a forest a forest and an ocean an ocean. To meet the world on its own terms and respect the reality of another as an expression of that world as fundamental and in-alienable as your own reality is an art immensely rewarding yet immensely difficult — especially in an era when we have ceased to meet one another as whole persons and instead collide as fragments”
BEGIN has said that ultimately how we care for each other, even love one another will depend on how imaginative we are. We’ve replaced sharing with giving. Each and every day should lead you to knowing who you are. And when you know who you are you can share it just by being yourself, no giving required. No need to get or give anything. No need to go anywhere, do anything.
A quote from Dag Hammarskjold, the 2nd Secretary General of the UN, wonderfully reflects that idea:
“At every moment you choose yourself. But do you choose your self? Body and soul contain a thousand possibilities out of which you can build many I’s. But in only one of them is there a congruence of the elector and the elected. Only one — which you will never find until you have excluded all those superficial and fleeting possibilities of being and doing with which you toy, out of curiosity or wonder or greed, and which hinder you from casting anchor in the experience of the mystery of life, and the consciousness of the talent entrusted to you which is your I.
When you have reached the point where you no longer expect a response, you will at last be able to give in such a way that the other is able to receive, and be grateful. When Love has matured and, through a dissolution of the self into light, become a radiance, then shall the Lover be liberated from dependence upon the Beloved, and the Beloved also be made perfect by being liberated from the Lover”.
A bird doesn't sing because it has
an answer. It sings because it has a song.
No one can see the forest. But there isn't anyone not trying to see beyond the trees. From a song by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow".
Normal Day. A poem by Mary Jean Irion
Amber Shineman is a St. Louis area artist that works in a variety of media. Besides painting she makes jewelry. We were intrigued with the pendants she makes out of old fashion keys. We could see in her work a visual metaphor for our message and a unique way to interpret our central theme. The keys themselves are especially symbolic. They are transformed into something else and used in a new way.
Think of them as representing our days, our moments. Part of BEGIN’s message is this - There is a presence inside us we rarely experience and it’s still waiting to be revealed. One that’s totally unique, personal to everyone of us. We need to see the importance of pausing during our day and leaving something personal, if not truly original of ourselves in our day instead of letting this part of us that makes us who we are get lost in the hectic pace of a modern world or lost in an everyday mundane routine. We have this “key” in us, waiting for us. Amber’s careful and imaginative treatments turn what was ordinary into precious by adding wires and gemstones to the keys. They become works of art. Our shared goal here as members of BEGIN is to transform our days the same way Amber transforms a key into a piece of jewelry.
We are the works of art waiting to happen.
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