Spiritual Expression

After purchasing a picture book on sea shells that was illustrated over a century ago, I felt a need to pair the shells with vintage Japanese postcards of statues from Buddhist temples. Why? No idea! Perhaps it was the black and white austerity of the postcards that required a colorful complement of shells? I just knew that they had to be together.

During the creation of this series, I researched the "meaning" of shells. Here are some interesting findings and thoughts on these mysterious sea treasures that were once a home to some creature:

No wonder I intuitively paired shells with Bodhisattva and Spiritual Teacher figures. These wise people are dedicated to saving all beings and are the essence of awakening. They have all the attainments of a Buddha but stay in this world in order to help us on our journey to authenticity and enlightenment. To me, both the shells and wisdom beings are reminders to stay on my path to wholeness.

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