the eye of Horus
darkened at the day’s ending
turns the world to gold
Good eye, Julie!
From an ancient Froth:
In the Chinese language this is called ‘li’, and the character for li originally meant the markings in jade. We all recognize it, and the artist copies it, whether he is a landscape painter, a portrait painter, an abstract painter, or a nonobjective painter. They are all trying to express the essence of li.
The interesting thing is that although we know what it is, there is no way of defining it. We can also call li the watercourse, and the patterns of li are also the patterns of flowing water. We see those patterns of flow memorialized, as it were, as sculpture in the grain of wood, which is the flow of sap, and in marble, in bones, in muscles. All these things are patterned according to the basic principles of flow.
So li suggests, then, the order of flow, the wonderful dancing pattern of liquid.
— from The Philosophy of the Tao, a lecture by Alan Watts
Ah ha – so that’s what I was doing!
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