Breathing Roots

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Here is the opening chapter of the story Lucy has been pushing me to tell. Or is it pulling? I'm not sure. She's been insistent. In my dreams. Flashes during gazing exercises and in the inciteful and thought-provoking lessons in my yoga classes (taught by Hope Allred at Root to Rise). There was such a long and frustrating period of silence. I couldn't connect. I couldn't seem to find that thread. It was in the period of concealment. It would not be rushed no matter how loudly I protested or plaintively I pleaded.

As Hope reminded us, seeds need to be planted in the dark. It's in this place of quite - out of sight - where the mystery begins. We must be patient. Well, maybe not, . . . but it does no good to try to rush things. Seeds grow in their own time. And we don't even know when it has begun because the growth starts in the darkness beneath the warm soil. It does because it must.

And then . . . we see the first hints of the soil pushing upward.

And so, Lucy's story begins:

If we were to go back in time and visit with Lucy, the Australopithecus pre-human, and travel along the path of human development ... and even forward beyond today ... what would we see? Feel? What is common then and now? What’s different within us? What will change ... and what will always be the same? 

Would we recognize one another? Would we recognize that “spark” that make us “people.” Are we willing to see it in one another even now ... in these turbulent times?

This story of Lucy is the inspiration for my new series. The winding dry riverbed and golden pebbles echo the sound of her footsteps from so long ago. Our first footsteps.

Within this Tree of Life you will find the dry riverbed forms the center of the trunk and has grown up out of the deep blue pool of life - the seed that feeds the tree. Both the roots and the branches reach and breathe out from that beginning riverbed. Still connected. Still rooted. Ever reaching. 

Breathing Roots.

Don't be afraid of the dark. It's only here that the spark of life begins.

**The beginning pieces of this new collection were on display December 1, 2017 through January 3, 2017, in The Gallery at the Station at Ogden's Union Station. 


Wonderful story!

Hello Lucy, it's a pleasure to finally meet you!
Heidi, I know what artistic agony you went through before Lucy started to tell her story. I'm so glad to be able to join in the journey, the jewelry designs that are being born as a result are just wonderful, so full of meaning and absolutely beautiful.
I look forward to the next chapter!


Thanks for helping me to stick with it when the frustration was so overwhelming. It means the world to me!

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