February 17, 2017 10:18 AM

Doors and windows and stairs and bridges. These used to be some of my favorite subjects to photograph. They featured prominently in Fading Toward Enlightenment. I’ve often been drawn to them. Not always, but often.

Now I understand why.

When I was seeking enlightenment, I was fascinated by these subjects—mysterious doors; windows both open and closed; stairs leading to new heights and bridges to far away destinations. I couldn’t get enough of them. After awakening… not so much. I was drawn more to images of the natural world—of the Divine manifest.

Windows and doors and stairs and bridges represent transitions. They represent either ways of viewing another realm, or moving between realms.

The Witness Aspect—enlightenment—acts as a doorway between two realms, thus it was natural that I was drawn toward these objects of transition.

Post-awakening, one’s perspective is of Oneness, of the unity of all life. Thus, post-awakening, I was drawn to subjects of nature, of the Light shared within all of it.

But lately—over the last couple of months—I’m once more fascinated by windows and doors and stairs and bridges.

[All images on this post are from Fading Toward Enlightenment.]

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6 thoughts on “Transitions

  1. Makes sense, everything we encounter in our daily lives are potential tools for enlightenment. An aspect of enlightenment is recognizing, understanding the light from within.

    A William Blake quote comes to mind, “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

    • “If the doors of perception were cleansed”

      I find it interesting he uses the word doors and not windows or lenses since he refers to perception (seeing). It’s the perfect word. Perception is to see/understand, but the use of the word door implies (correctly imo) that one experiences the same world upon awakening from a new vantage point.

      Thanks Maddie.

    • Closed doors? Interesting. I like all doors, but am more partial to doors that are ajar. Not fully open, yet not so fully closed either.

      We’re probably sharing too much. 🙂

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