...beauty is love...love of beauty is love, ...agape; the depth of love which is that of the spirit, the beloved; the beloved being love; love being sublime beauty; the beloved being unequivocal beauty; the beloved being absolute, perpetual, inexhaustible, infinite, all powerful love; that love being immeasurable, absolute, interminable power; being infinitely vast; … –the horrors man has perpetrated upon one another since time immemorial being infinitesimal, being infinitely less than that of love has absolutely no lasting power at all; –...the beloved lives...the beloved is was and always shall be, ...the beloved, ... the great I AM, ...the HOLY ONE, ...the beloved is, ...the beloved lives, ...the beloved is beauty, is love, ...the beloved is.......
…that the beloved is all powerful love…that being the sum of my faith, but infinitely more…this testifying that love is made up of infinite kindness, infinite tender gentle care, infinite patience, infinite humility, that the sweetest attributes of life are at once the greatest and most powerful characteristics anyone can ever have, these being the vital essence of the beloved…that being so as according to my own humble belief…this is the great truth that sets me free…
…that the beloved wants only that which shall ultimately bring us into the fold…into the joy and the peace that passes all understanding…that the beloved wants only the very best for all the children, all the children of the GREAT ONE, the beloved… this hope is what sets me free…
"He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers..." (Malachi 4:6)
I have been blessed with the creative ability to conceive ideas along with the technical ability and volition to give form to those ideas. All that I am I owe to the endless blessings the Holy One has showered upon me.
In 1978 I became enamored with a particular composer and especially with a certain musical piece he composed. The Lark Ascending musical composition featuring a beautifully lyrical violin solo throughout by Ralph Vaughan Williams captivated me from the first. It was composed in 1914 and revised in 1920. The Lark Ascending is described as a pastoral piece depicting prewar England. However, taking into account the spiritual depth of his symphonic music, I personally perceive The Lark Ascending to evoke a deeper longing for the discovery of ones own inner being.
The Lark Ascending music was inspired by George Meredith's 122 line poem. The poem that I wrote by the same title was inspired by this sublime violin composition by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Through The Lark Ascending poem, which can be found at The Lark Ascending Illustrated Poem, it is my intention to reveal the interconnectedness between the arts; music, poetry and visual art, by incorporating visual images along with this poem. The imagery and the poem are best appreciated when viewed and read while listening to the music. Ballet is implied by the final line in the poem.
From a deeper, spiritual perspective, it has been written that God is love. Love is the most important of the Four Absolutes expounded upon by the Oxford Group. The idea regarding love is to ask ones self a simple question: Is it ugly? or is it beautiful? If it is ugly, it isn't love. If it is beautiful, it is love. There are no gray areas between these two poles. There is a chasm between them in which there is an almost infinite range of grays, but absolute beauty is absolute love. The Holy One is absolute love and is therefore absolute beauty.
I have submitted the first four articles on The Beatitudes: "Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven", "Blessed are Those Who Mourn, for They Will be Comforted", "Blessed are the Meek, for They Will Inherit the Earth" and "Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness, for They Will Be Filled".
In my own fumbling way of doing things, as an artist, I have been seeking beauty all of my life; through my music, my writings, my paintings, my prints and my architectural stained glass design. In the series of articles I intend on writing to be published in SelfGrowth, I will be addressing the concept of beauty on a variety of levels, from the spiritual to the physical in artistic expression.
On finishing this series on the Beatitudes, depending upon the direction in which I am lead, I may divert my attention to physical aesthetics. The main conceptual theme of my most recent work is as follows:
These images are in themselves "Metaphysical Symbols". Form and color are combined, united and harmonized to create heart felt impressions of life. The concept of inner radiating light plays an integral role in the development of these images. This light emanates from within a counterpoint of darkness and shadow. In some of these images the light is radiating from without almost hiding the shadow. In others the light is radiating from within the darkness and is almost hidden. The light expresses all the positive forces of life including transcendental love. The darkness elicits the dark forces of life. Ironically, we cannot have one without the other. The darkness increases the beauty of the light just as negativity contrasting benevolence enhances the joy one experiences by doing a good deed. It is an eternal paradox.
SelfGrowth Articles by Curt Doll:
The Beatitudes by Curt Doll
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