Monday, January 24, 2011

Sight & Sound - Sacred Earth

Clay, bone, shell, wood, feathers... I finally pulled some of the earth objects in my collection out of the boxes I'd packed them away in for moving.

Music: Appropriate Sacred Earth music - Sheila Chandra's "Sacred Stones" from her 1992 CD Weaving My Ancestors' Voices, and Steve Roach's "Clay, Wood, Bone, Dust" from his 1993 CD Origins.

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
- Ute prayer

Laughing Buddha, hand-carved Sandalwood

Photos © 2011 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. I like your collection...Ganesh, the shells, the skull--really cool. (I was trying to figure out what birds the feathers belonged to.) The prayer is beautiful. I always love coming to your blog because I never know what I'll find. Your interests are so varied!

  2. Love the collection...that laughing Buddha is great! I'm especially wanting the shells!

  3. I lost track of the number of shades and hues. It's like a color version of one of those Walker Evans interiors or exteriors, when you realize there are all these blues and browns even though the print is monochrome.

  4. Whether it is the arrangement of the objects or the creative care with which they have been photographed (and it is probably a combination of the two), but the images are almost as striking as I imagibe the objects themselves are.

  5. Beautiful objects & photographs of same-- as Alan points out, there's also a great sense of design in the arrangement in the first photo.

  6. That prayer is really beautiful and I love the Laughing Buddha.

  7. wonderful....i'm so happy the happy buddha has been freed from his box!!

    wonderful collection of sacred objects and mighty powerful medicine that ute prayer - thank you friend!