open up and be healed

Linking to dVerse where Bjorn is serving fresh haibuns…

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View of the Church of St. Paul de Mausole by Van Gogh


The artist’s brush expresses what ears may not hear and tongue cannot say…

“After he took him aside away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up into heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (which means, ‘Be opened!’). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue loosened and he began to speak plainly.” (Mark 7:33-35)

Is the one who inspired the colors of Vincent’s art the same spirit who illuminated Mark to write good news? Perhaps today, Christ’s spirit sighs for us “to listen” to his loving whispers…or he may be prompting us “to speak” his message of peace.  Hearts and minds, like church windows of the soul, need to be opened to let in the fresh breeze of the Holy Spirit. If only Vincent had found healing in this life.

hear sigh in colors

spirit wind strokes the grasses

surrounding muted church

 


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
    Nov 11, 2015 @ 21:47:02

    Wonderful culminating verse.

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  2. mishunderstood
    Nov 08, 2015 @ 18:26:34

    Perhaps the spirit guided him in his art more than anywhere else. With the archaic treatments for mental illnesses in those times, it was probably a blessing from God that he could find peace in his work.
    This was an interesting path to take with the prompt. Thought provoking. 🙂

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  3. MarinaSofia
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 23:33:27

    The ‘sigh in colours’ is really such an apt description – beautifully captured!

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  4. Bodhirose
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 21:39:15

    I believe that it was the same spirit that moves through all of us in all our ups and downs. His spirit shown very bright when he painted the beauty that he was able to capture. I really appreciate the angle that you brought here, Lynn.

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  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 14:06:44

    Vincent’s initial “call” was to minister to miners. He didn’t feel he was able to get the Message across and felt himself a failure…then her turned to art. I chose to believe he was always, in all the highs and lows of his life, led by the Holy Spirit.

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  6. kanzensakura
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 13:36:41

    I do so like how you did this. The place itself and the Asylum are indeed peaceful and healing. A spiritual peaceful wind instead of that roaring wind at Pentecost. I’m glad you joined in on the haibuns. You most def added a lovely quality to the submissions.

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  7. katiemiafrederick
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 08:47:14

    Well.. Lynn.. pArt of the reason
    i love you near the end is ’cause
    we both see a friend
    in Jesus.. originally
    named Yeshua
    and other
    names
    and
    sadly as Jesus
    predicts many people
    have yes.. done more than
    he.. but sadly as then..
    their only reward
    from culture
    has been
    torture
    in many ways..
    witting and witting
    not.. there are many Jesus’
    who spend their life on street
    corners.. drugged up.. and
    in institutions too..
    but then there
    are Jesus’
    who still
    live now..
    who understand
    that the me he is talking
    about is the God in them.. NOW..
    as yes.. in language revisions
    original meanings are sadly
    lost into literal
    translations
    that fail
    no less
    than
    literal
    translations
    of poetry even
    yes.. here..
    as poeTry..
    when some folks without
    these deeper eyes and ears
    of GOD have never really
    been healed
    and see and
    hear more.. ‘here’..
    anyway.. the experience
    of the awakening and enlightening
    that the real man Jesus speaks of
    as not censored out of the gnostic
    gospels of Jesus.. by a psychopathic
    power hungry Emperor Constantine
    to expand the Roman empire
    by making a humble Prophet/
    Teacher/’Yogi’/healer into a
    soldier Sun GOD
    as extension of the
    Mithra-mythical religion
    in 325 AD.. with
    ‘back-room’ closed
    door now then deals
    of Catholic Cohort
    leaders then and now..
    YES.. THE REAL EXPERIENCE
    OF AWAKENING AND ENLIGHTENING
    OF HUMAN BEINGS HERE ON EARTH
    AND ANY CREATURE LIKE US
    LIKELY ON ANY OTHER PLANET
    IN INFINITY’S UNIVERSE(S)
    CREATED BY THE ONE GOD
    OF ALL.. range from metaphors
    here on earth from being
    born again.. to
    Kundalini
    rising.. to the
    Dao and Tao
    the Dharma
    And Qi to Ki
    to Chi.. and
    becoming one
    with the Great
    Spirit too.. and limitless
    other human metaphors
    of myths housing vehicles
    and vessels of Universal
    truths and yes.. now
    even self actualization
    in secular words for some..
    but the bottom line IS
    GOD IS THE GOD OF ALL
    AND AS LONG AS MORE
    OF HUMAN POTENTIAL
    IS PURSUED JESUS’
    PROPHECY OF
    GREATER
    PAINTINGS
    WILL COME TRUE..
    particularly when Jesus
    becomes more and more
    welcome.. in metaphor
    of course..
    today..
    resurrected as such..
    in so many people
    who gain eyes and
    ears closer to GOD
    as metaphor
    of course
    too..
    Poetry is a great
    adventure to better understand
    the parables of the bible too..
    particularly as we as
    source material
    start
    to write
    those parables
    as Yeshua.. et al
    speaks then
    too.. my dear
    friend Lynn
    who seems
    close to
    this means..
    and never end
    in Journey as
    Path with GOD…
    God NOW just NOW
    Essence.. words
    symbols.. tools..
    potential paths
    with GOD..

    GOD’s
    Neverland
    REAL NOW..:)

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    • lynn__
      Nov 04, 2015 @ 12:12:36

      Wow, your tongue/pen has certainly been loosened here, Fred!!! To clarify, my Jesus is more than metaphor…Son of Man and Son of God, with hands to heal us 🙂

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  8. Mary
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 05:57:23

    Interesting to me that one who perhaps was not healed himself (but only God can judge) has created paintings that have been healing to others….

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    • lynn__
      Nov 04, 2015 @ 07:04:56

      yes, it is amazing the beauty that can come through brokenness…

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      • katiemiafrederick
        Nov 04, 2015 @ 13:05:28

        Smiles.. my friend Lynn actually i am
        suggesting the polar opposite of
        what Nicene Council
        Catholic altered Christianity
        suggests at the time of paying disrespect
        to a humble teacher/yogi/healer/prophet
        who never ever
        wanted to
        be worshipped
        as a God in anyway
        that is still clear in the
        New Testament as well
        as the Gnostic Gospels
        of Jesus untainted
        by the hand of
        the 325 AD..
        Nicene
        council..
        i am suggesting
        as history shows
        now that Jesus is
        a real man.. a real
        prophet.. a real
        healer.. no
        different
        really
        than any real
        Yogi who lives
        today or before
        using Yogi as
        metaphor
        as there
        are no
        Yogi’s
        in the area
        Jesus lives then..
        Jesus opens up the reality
        that we are all children of GOD
        and that is the real Good NEWS
        and we have the power within
        just like he did then
        to heal
        now..
        been there
        done IT friend
        so yes..
        in metaphor
        i am speaking
        from eyes of
        Both God
        and Jesus
        but the difference
        then and now is..
        IT is no magic
        Soldier Sun GOD myth
        propagated by a Roman
        Emperor and his power
        hungry Catholic friends.. it is the
        healing gift of Unconditional
        Love without illusory fears
        that exists on a desert
        Isle of human beings same
        here as any planet
        with book creatures
        such as us or others..
        Jesus never asked
        for the pay grade of
        King of the Universe..
        God doesn’t have to play
        games like that as GOD is
        real too.. so sure.. there are as
        many eyes of God in flesh now as
        there are stars in the sky and beyond
        what tiny human eyes and books can
        comprehend
        now..
        and sure
        that’s just common
        sense and logic now
        gifted to us no less
        than the holy
        spirit
        that works
        in tandem with
        that for heaven now..
        the place of the Kingdom
        of GoD that Jesus promises
        is here
        then and now..
        no different than
        anywhere else
        in God’s
        existence
        now.. anyway..
        take it with a grain of
        salt my friend.. i am
        not speaking alone
        from ego or book
        lessons it is now
        the HOLY spirit
        as expresSinG
        within
        believe
        it or not..
        with smiles..:)

        Highly unlikely
        that the real
        man Jesus
        will be
        accepted
        fully in
        any
        Christian
        church now
        as dogma rules
        then dogma rules now
        and that was the reality
        Jesus faced then as well
        but nah.. he probably wouldn’t
        be crucified.. just banned or deleted…

        Jesus sets a challenge to be like
        him.. but never ever to worship
        him anymore than
        a grain
        of sand..
        as a grain
        of sand
        is GOD too..
        the reason we have
        a place to stand upon
        the EARTH out of Ocean..:)

      • lynn__
        Nov 04, 2015 @ 15:11:29

        Dear friend, I am not Roman Catholic (though still in need of reforming!) but I believe the Nicene Creed. God has given Christ the throne and every knee will bow…in worship. None other is worthy (certainly not myself, grains of sand, sun or moon, even art). I think it’s good for friends to discuss “dogma”-faith, beliefs, truth 🙂

      • katiemiafrederick
        Nov 04, 2015 @ 15:14:38

        I think there is always merit in believe my friend.. There is only one God.. I feel Jesus agrees and yes dissension is necessary for truth and light..;)

  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 03:30:50

    I really love how you tied this together with the stories and the mind.. for sure those colors are more meaning than the mere picture they portray.. just like the words of poetry and scriptures.

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  10. Cheryl-Lynn
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 02:22:14

    Hearts and minds, like church windows of the soul need to be opened…so true, perhaps this is what he was able to paint in his vibrant colours and life in his images but inside was darkness. Beautifully written, Lynn!

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  11. Grace
    Nov 03, 2015 @ 18:07:24

    I agree with you on opening up and listening ~ Love the spiritual wind surrounding the country church ~

    Thanks for linking up with Haibun Monday Lynn ~

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