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."

Busted! Wow.

Tomorrow I get to go to the blogger and photographer tour. Can't wait to snap some pics of these dudes. They are magnificent!

20 comments:

ellen abbott said...

Obviously you connected with someone. But I agree, everything is conscious.

Loved the second pic of the crepe myrtle seed pods.

Elizabeth said...

I do tend to agree about the objects -- which is why we keep some for sentimental reasons and why some things should be tossed, tossed tossed.
You second photo was/is a stunner.

JC said...

You are so cute ...

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks JC. As I get older my weirdness fits better than when I was young and wild.

Is that what they are? Crepe myrtle seed pods? Cool. I call all the small heavy spheres "berries" even if they aren't.

Val said...

we saw them at the British Museum - really incredible, as is your blog and your wonderful photographs - please dont stop blogging...ever...love hearing your original thoughts! ps havent forgotton about the voice thing...just have to work it out xx

Nancy said...

Those pictures are beautiful. Please let us know what they have to say.

Joanne said...

What an amazing journey lies ahead of you. It would be interesting to know, too, what type of energy the viewers/tourists bring in to the exhibit.

Reya Mellicker said...

Joanne I will definitely find out on Thursday, opening day. I'll be there all day. They're sold out so it's going to be a throng.

Even as introverted as I am, I can't wait!!

Ronda Laveen said...

Boy Howdy! You get to go on both tours? A big belly laugh to: "Busted. Wow!"

That bottom photo is stunning. It would be mesmerizing as your banner for the fall. Look forward to more Warrior work. Yes, they do vibrate:)

lakeviewer said...

What nuts/fruit are those? A blogger/photographer tour? Interesting life you live.

Mrsupole said...

Those pics are amazing as always. I really like the second one and agree with Ronda in that it would make a great banner picture for the fall.

And those warriors are just being shy right now and not used to someone caring about what they think. I mean they were always told what to do and never asked what they wanted to do, so it is proably kinda hard for them to actually feel safe to talk to you just yet. Give them some time and then you will get the stories out.

I am looking forward to the stories and the different viewpoints from each one. Something similiar to when people give an eyewitness account of what happened. Usually one can piece together the truth of what happened, but in this case the truth will be in what each one felt and saw. So it will be very interesting to hear their thoughts.

Oh and when you do, take it easy, because they will be bursting forth with wanting to tell you their story. You might get warrior overload, but I have faith that you will be able to handle it.

God bless.

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Steve said...

Yeah, the crape myrtle photo is fabulous!

I love the fact that you got "busted." Maybe the soldiers told on you -- ha!

Bee said...

It made me smile, thinking of you openly admitting to communing with the terracotta soldiers.

The other day, my daughter said to me: I don't understand; if I'm made of atoms, why don't they just fly away?

steven said...

reya i think some conversations are louder than others. i also think that some people have better ears than others. soultalk . . . connecting slow and fast moving energy . . . well it's more real than what we settle for as "real". connected to each of those warriors are all the thoughts and lives of the spirits that created them. you're in the right place.
the second photograph in this post is stunning!
blessings. steven

Tom said...

i love the structure of the crepe myrtle..they don't grow well this far north or i'd have one.

Hope the statues will come around and open up to you...the stories they'd tell!

Reya Mellicker said...

Tom I wish you were here to listen, then do drawings and write poems about what they told you.

I always feel so insufficient in the role of translator. I listen, but what am I hearing? I'm always second guessing myself.

Mrsupole your advice is excellent. I'm in no hurry. Somehow I knew it would take time to really get anything from these guys, which is why I volunteered, actually.

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks about the crepe myrtle pic. I took it thinking, "Oh god, another boring berry picture." But it seems to be a hit.

Too busy for my banner, though, at least to my eye. When the banner is busy, it tends to compete with the images attached to the most recently published post. That disturbs me, hence the simpler banners.

Thanks, though!

hele said...

when i don't feel refreshed from blogging i take a holiday until everything i see calls to be blogged about. then writing a post is like taking a long cool drink of water.

i sometimes think repetitively doing things create little grooves that ones thoughts tend to get fond of going around and around in.

even my prayers i have to eventually let go of till they knock on my heart in yet another form.

Barry said...

I too am interested in any response you get. And I also think the second photo is extraordinary.

But mostly I'm impressed you go to the museum so often you're on a first name basis with the staff.

Merle Sneed said...

I look forward to the photo.

I cannot get a box of light bulbs on a shelf without dropping one. I can't imagine the ordeal of shipping these treasures around the world.