Jill Zaheer's JAZWORKS: A Tapestry of Mixed Media, Painting, Collaborations, Photography, and Poetry

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Buried Treasure ... In A Wonderful Day of Sharing Words

Seth Apter, from The Altered Page has offered us the wonderful opportunity to be part of his latest collaborative project titled Buried Treasure. The premise is to re-post one of our favorite posts from a previous time. You can see his invitation here. As there are no rules, I selected my post from November 19, 2008, which was a collaboration by LK Ludwig - who sponsored A Day of Words. It was a day where bloggers posted a poem with the intent to spend a day seeing "new words", meeting new poets, reading new poems, and finding new ways for our hearts to beat. It was a special posting for me in which I was able to share some of my thoughts- not previously expressed before - enabling me to find my own 'Hidden Treasure" within myself.
What it is that takes us from that dark uncomfortable place in our mind-
Where nothing sits well and our anxiety, paralysis and pessimism continue to rewind-
The feeling that makes us want to put the covers over our head,
When we feel empty and not a spark can be found.
When our inner most place of abundance is silent, without the faintest sound.
What is it that takes us to that moment and place in time when we’ve crossed over?
To that smile place where every moment’s vision is shining.
When we want more of everything, when time is too short for each second that goes by.
Where colors are vivid and there’s so much more we want to do.
When we become overwhelmed with excitement, energy, creativity and everything seems new.
When there’s so much stimulus surrounding us that we can barely take it all in-
When we want to capture every moment - and hold on so tight-
When we can’t seem to let go of every vision within our sight.
When that magical inner peace is there.
When our body is still, quiet, resonating confidence and assurance that we matter and count.
We’re heard. There’s someone out there that appreciates us -
And help us find that special life force
To discover our own voice, our own dynamic, energy and soul.
Empowered to fly to the limitless places of the dreams we have-with no defined roles-
A place where we are free- where we can accept the gift of others,
Where we are whole.
It is our leap of faith, our courage, the understanding
That our isolation is a false image within our imagination-
That it's an illusion of separateness that can feel so real.
What is the trigger?
Is it something that we can see, or hear, or think or touch or taste or smell?
It's a spark- which can be in a smile, the touch from someone-
That special look that speaks louder than words...
That we are special, appreciated and are being heard-
That our creativity and artistic expression is limited only by the doors we place in front of us.
It’s the realization that our true wealth resides within ourselves,
And whose value is only worth something when it’s given away.
Thank you- for enabling me to expand my horizons, my world of what I'm able to do or say.
I've come out of my cocoon, shed my insecurities, my own filters for who I am or will be.
Now each day is a haven for exploding creativity, electricity, and continuous synchronicity.
I now take risks - and can travel into my uncomfortable zone.... Giving myself the gift to participate in each day
With words, with art, and with a display of thoughts.
And within this special collaborative day of artistic expression -
I know I am not alone.


seth said...

These words are so genuine and meaningful. Such important questions to ask and such fulfilling answers provided. That is metamorphosis.

sdissing said...

Such a wonderful story - enlightening and takes us to a new place. Your story is captivating because you start out with the most overwhelming and important of all things – you meet us where we are!! And without it, we are not going anywhere.
Then this wonderful tour where you lead us by your hand through transitions and crossings that no one can resist. Suddenly, after resonating confidence we are into a new world not alone, but with our expressions and creativity and that is where we all want to be. Each image is a little beauty. Thanks for a really hallucinating tour! Steen

Marilyn Rock said...

I'm not sure what is more beautiful - your photos, here, or your words. Wonderful story and we are not alone by any stretch of the imagination. I think art helps us be part of this huge world - together.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As I was reading your thoughts and viewing your lovely photos, I was thinking the exact same thing that Marilyn said in the above post. I don't know which is more beautiful or inspiring, but your thought provoking message comes through loud and clear.

deb said...

Glad I found your post right as I am about to be hurled through another crazy weekend. It IS good to know we have kindred spirits everywhere!

deb said...

Glad I found your post right as I am about to be hurled through another crazy weekend. It IS good to know we have kindred spirits everywhere!

Mar said...

following the list from seths treasure dig i am glad to have discovered your blog...beautiful pictures and thoughtful postings...i looked through the rest of your blog too
like you i love the rain...and i liked the series of man hole covers!
nice to meet you

Debrina said...

Hello Jill. Well, this beautiful posting of yours sums it up. This collaboration is magic. I am meeting so many like minds and kindred creative spirits that I can feel a shift within my very soul. Seth has done something wonderful here - he has brought us all closer together. Not only that, but he has brought about a metamorphosis within each and every one of us.

rivergardenstudio said...

Yes, Jill, it is so wonderful for me too to share what I create and meet others who understand this power all around us that grows and explodes through sharing!
You explained this creative bond so beautifully, and your photographs tell your story too... I love the sad doll, the blue gray water and sky pictures and the rainbow!

Seth said...

I feel just as I did when I commented on this post when it was originally posted on your blog. There is so much authenticity in your words and pictures. So full of thought and inspiration. Thank you!!

Ginny Gaskill said...

I enjoyed it all especiallythe photos.

Kim said...

This post is such a feast for the soul. Thank you so much for joining in. I am glad I found you through Seth's collaboration and will definitely be back for more.

ArtPropelled said...

Wonderful moments in time...and I do love the china doll.

3rdEyeMuse said...

this truly was a treasure to witness - the images and the words made each other that much more powerful. thank you.

Anonymous said...

You are a poet, Jill. Your words sound like music.

Pattio said...

I love how your words blend with your images so seemlessly. so . . . community.

An Evolving Artist @ Swallowcliffs.blogspot.com/ said...

A wonder full journey. Your words and photos are so in sync! Thanks

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Jilly, oh I love to see this post again, so strong and magical all at the same time. I agree with Veronica, your words are like music. Sending love.