Isaac Luria, the renowned sixteenth century Kabbalist, used the phrase “tikkun olam,” usually translated as repairing the world, to encapsulate the true role of humanity in the ongoing evolution and spiritualization of the cosmos. Luria taught that God created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light. But as God poured the Light into the vessels, they catastrophically shattered, tumbling down toward the realm of matter. Thus, our world consists of countless shards of the original vessels entrapping sparks of the Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves helping God by freeing and reuniting the scattered Light, raising the sparks back to Divinity and restoring the broken world.
We meet similar concepts in other religions. Christ promised to return with the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven and exhorted people to prepare through love, wakefulness, and charity. In Buddhism, the Bodhisattva vows to forgo final liberation until all beings have been freed from suffering. The Gnostics held that a spark of Divinity resides entrapped within the soul of humans.
Excerpted from Inner Frontier
I was somewhat aware of the term Tkkun Olam from my past explorations in Kabbalah, but I was reminded again when I saw the movie Bee Season. Richard Gere's character is a controlling Kabblah professor who applies theories on the subject to his daughter's spelling bee practice, among other things. Juliette Binoche's character is a scientist by day and by night steals little bits of things which capture the light . She then stores in a warehouse that becomes her private art installation....her own kaleidoscope.
What led me to all the above is that my artwork and my personal search is all about light. My favorite objects of inspiration: kaleidoscopes, chandeliers, stained and beveled glass, things that reflect or capture the light. I have files of artificial and natural light that I have used in file or as reference. I'm now doing a series of clouds but of course instead of blocking the light they are reflecting it.
What inspires you? Objects? Nature? Books? Rita's open call took us to your santuary. What I'm asking is, what turns you on? Makes you want to create? Gets your mind going? Do you have a Muse? Please do share!
Other blogs on light:
Little Kates The Light of Life
This is a wonderful first hand story of a near death experience.
See light and other paintings and prints here: spiritual paintings