Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Is it that obvious?
Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.
Yesterday after the volunteer tour of the Terra Cotta Warrior show at National Geographic, I sat on one of the benches gazing at those beautiful figures made of clay and crushed quartz, constructed more than 2,200 years ago. I was just sitting there, really I was.
OK yeah there was more to it than just sitting. I was doing my shaman thing, inviting the figures to speak to me, specifically the infantry guy and the chariot driver. They seemed weary, careworn, not just from their age but maybe because they've been shipped all over the place for the last three years, from museum to museum. That can't be very much fun, I was thinking, like being an animal in a traveling circus or something. No wonder they were ignoring me.
But I persevered in my attempts to make contact. I "told" them that I'm going to be around every Thursday until the end of the show. I explained that I am genuinely interested in listening to anything they want to share, and that I can listen. Well, at least I have practiced listening to the oversouls of supposedly inanimate objects. (According to the cosmology of Reya, the world is utterly and completely animated. There is life, movement, and soul in everything. It's true of course that some things vibrate quite slowly, so it's harder for we impatient human beings to pay attention. But they do vibrate. They do!)
One of the other volunteers walked up to me and said, "What are you doing Reya? Are you gazing into their eyes, trying to connect with their souls?" I was so surprised that I answered honestly. I said, "Yes, actually that's exactly what I'm doing."
Tomorrow I get to go to the blogger and photographer tour. Can't wait to snap some pics of these dudes. They are magnificent!