Stillness Dancing

Stillness Dancing
Stillness Dancing

Stillness Dancing
acrylic on canvas
22 x 28
The idea for this painting came to me in meditation. It is a way to show how everything arises from stillness. The following piece was written by Doug Sandlin (thanks Doug ☺) at my request. I was having a tough time putting my thoughts/feelings into words, so I told him what the painting represented, and he came up with the overview below. It explains everything I wanted to express and more. The main symbolism of Shiva being the stillness, and the dancer being the manifest, the movement, the dancing of the stillness, are what I was expressing through the painting. However, Doug managed to find so many more symbols in the painting than I realized were even there, originally. As with most of my paintings, there was  unintentional symbolism that manifested directly from the stillness. I am so very grateful, and feel so blessed, that the stillness, the divine, expresses itself through me, in form of these paintings.
On the left-hand side we see a Shiva Linga, a symbol for Lord Shiva, our own limitless stillness.
The Goddess-as-dancer is the creative aspect of every moment, now. Every aspect of her being and adornment, from her peaceful presence, to the beauty of her clothing, to the sacred mudras formed by her hands, are symbolic of the Goddess, Shakti; the pure power and potential of our stillness, dancing.
As stillness begins dancing out in manifestation, it first moves as pure, indistinct potential. Then, forming and displaying fully, and finally subsiding back into its original stillness; making way for the next moment, the next movement, the next ever-new display of the eternal dancing of stillness, now. This is reflected in the painting by the scene becoming more distinct as our gaze moves to the right, from the stillness of the Shiva Linga, to the dancing of his power; the Goddess, Shakti.
Every moment, every perception, every life, every universe, is comprised of these two who are actually, ever One; Shiva and Shakti, emptiness and form; consciousness and bliss; liberation and enjoyment.
The three levels of the temple, like the three horizontal stripes on the Shiva linga, represent the triadic-yet-unified nature of reality, symbolized in all the world’s religions and spiritual traditions: wholeness, diversity and the mixture of the two; emptiness, form and the mixture of the two, and so on. The temple’s levels symbolize manifested, active reality: dancing. The linga’s stripes symbolize unmanifest reality at rest: stillness.
Shiva and Shakti eternally dancing in the infinite temple of the heart; Hridayam in Sanskrit; literally the Center of This.
What is this center?
We are; humanity.
Each moment of human experience, is where Shiva, the stillness of our original unbound awareness, and Shakti, the movements, display and celebrations of living unbound now, perform the dancing of stillness; the beautiful reality of our lives.
~ Doug Sandlin

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I refer to my paintings as creations from stillness. I have found the best thing I can do as an artist is to get out of the way and let life paint what it wants to paint. I get inspiration about what each painting will be, and then, bit by bit, the general sense of it fills in, but that all comes from stillness, too.

6 Comments on “Stillness Dancing

  1. Divine…deepest thanks Shweta and Doug! 🙂

    Being able to continue to share this gift with you by seeing these posts brings great joy to the heart.


  2. Very well illustrated Shweta the “wholeness, diversity and the mixture of the two; emptiness, form and the mixture of the two” hopefully as we undertake the journey inward, we increasingly experience the Stillness Dancing. Thanks

  3. Thank you Raj.
    Yes, stillness dancing is what we are… as layers fall off with practices, all that is left, all that is seen is this stillness dancing. :).
    Thanks for your kind words.
    Wish you all the best!!!

  4. Thanks Nothing Profound!!! 🙂

    The experience of stillness dancing is beyond the words and the painting, but this is the best I could do for now. 😀

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