Friday, November 03, 2006

Floating Orbs, Synchronicity

I just bought a small piece of grown-up art. It's the one in the lower right hand corner with the red dot on it that means Sold. I was astonished when I saw these pieces because the image of floating orbs of light, central to all of these, is also central to the biography I'm working on, and the novel which will follow.

These prints were made by my friend and office partner Carrie Knowles. I watched her putting up this series for an open-to-the-public show on Sunday, November 19, 1-5 p.m.
A couple of years ago, sitting at lunch chatting with a reiki teacher, I saw a small ball of light rise from the top of her head, zigzag upward, and vanish a few inches from the ceiling. Nothing like that had ever happened to me. And at the same time it felt perfectly ordinary.

But this "ordinary" event was a big deal. (I think I've written about it before on this blog.) It became the seed for a novel I began.

Weeks into the novel, I felt seized by the need to find out more about a painter I'd heard of in my hometown in my youth.

I tend to FOLLOW THESE URGES WHEN THEY COME. So I did a bit of research.

I struck pay dirt on my second or third dig into archives. In an art library at UNC, I found a bit of her journal, in which she'd written a note that people sometimes see a light over her head.

That was my eureka moment. It was clear to me that I had to write both books, and the biography was what I wanted to do first.

When I saw these floating lights go up in the room next door, it was just as obvious that I needed one of them for my room, for a book cover, for a talisman. It felt like a good celebration of the ongoing projects, and of the good results from following mysterious urges.

If you're in Raleigh and loose on November 19, stop by and see this collection. My personal floating orb will be there, with its red dot, through the end of that afternoon.


billie said...

I have heard your story before, but it still gives me the good kind of chillbumps to read it again... and it's even better with that orb of light art!

I'm so ready to read these books! In an odd and lovely way, they already seem to be in my "to be read" stack. :)


Peggy said...

I'm pleased that you see them there. Good omen. I'd like to think that their emergence in hard covers was a done deal.

Liv said...

Right before school stared my cousins were in Pennsylvania and they saw a floating orb of light. My cousin and my other cousin who is littler were playing outside and my older cousin saw a white orb of light. She reached out and touched it. She told me that it was warm and solid. Surprisingly she said it felt heavy like a rock, so she let it go and it kept on floating away. I am very curious about what it could be. Please contact me soon. Thank you!!!

Peggy Payne said...

Wow, it didn't even occur to me to try to touch the orb I saw. (Though it would have meant leaping onto the the lunch table.)

What a great experience!

I wish I had answers to your questions, Liv. I think you know about as much as I do.

Please let us know here if you learn more. Good luck to you. I'm fascinated.