This sculpture by Andy Cao & Xavier Perrot at Cornerstone Festival Gardens in Sonoma held me captive for many minutes. Called Red Lantern, the reddish orange crystals hanging over the water held the sun’s light on the windswept day I visited. I sat cross-legged at the end of the railroad ties, asking the art to teach me, illumine me, carry me from the sometimes stormy moments of my existence to a place of peace. The pond was a mirror of the assemblage of Chinese-inspired elements referencing the history of Chinese migrants who came to California during the mid-19th century Gold Rush, and stayed to build the Central Pacific Railroad.
What am I building, I asked myself? How can I create a road that brings people together in stronger relationships through my spiritual activism? I want to work to make life equal for all, by learning, sharing, & growing together with my friends and allies, advocating for those who are marginalized, for sustainable environmental practices, and building networks, with a desire for all to succeed.
My vision is a world where each person is connected like these hanging crystals, small parts of a larger continuum throughout the universe, moving upward in consciousness through our willingness to be one in peace.
I invite you to join me as I ask daily to be unconditionally loving, kind, forgiving of myself and all persons, things and experiences.
Photo by GB Photographers