The Outstretched Arms of Sorrow and Joy
Rather than defending a dualistic approach to life, couldn't we entertain that the emotions of sorrow and joy run simultaneously and interweave inside a person? One outstretching leads to suffering, whereas the same posture expresses ecstasy.
This painting is titled “Theotokos” or God-bearer. It is my version of the Nativity and includes the usual angels, shepherds, kings and a star. The most significant difference is that my baby Jesus is not swaddled and resting in a manger of hay. Instead, we encounter the incredible power of the female body birthing divinity.
My inner child shows up in this painting as a reminder to listen to the essential self or what some might call the soul. Simultaneously, she looks to the SOURCE of life (notice the letters) in the skies for guidance .