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Seeing Water’s Meaning in the Bible via Art

July 18th, 2012 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Inspirational Stuff

In the Bible, water, which is the word mayim in Hebrew, represents Torah (also known as the Pentateuch), the written Word. It can also be considered that water can symbolically represent the written Word, known as the Logos by Christians throughout the whole Bible.

Thus when the tribes of Israel cross over the Red Sea into the Sinai desert, the story also indicates that the Word parted, creating a safe path, which next floods in and engulfs and drowns the non-believing Egyptians who pursued the newly freed slaves.This is a extremely significant metaphor as Moses is credited with writing the first five books of the Bible.

The Dock Less Traveled

By Judy Rey Wasserman

To see a larger version of the image (where you can see the strokes!) and discover more about the investment quality limited edition print’s availability click: HERE

So while the Bible begins with the story of Genesis, the written Word in fact begin in the Sinai desert after Moses and the Hebrew people cross the Red Sea .

For Christians, when Jesus walks upon the water reaching the boat carrying his disciples, the visual metaphor show that Jesus is standing on the written Word. As learned Jews every disciple, and many of the followers knew that.

Whenever I paint water, I always and only use the letters of the texts from the first five books of the Bible for the strokes.

In the Dock Less Traveled, the water, as well as the dock and sky are all painted with strokes that are the Torah font letters of Genesis 1-2:7.

In Southampton , NY , where I live, we have many private docks, built over the ocean, bays and lakes. Some of the docks are long, some are shorter. There is no standard dock; each is unique. The poetic imagery of this that each of us has a unique personal walk with The Divine over the Word.

We can walk as far as the end of the dock, or use the dock to gain access to a boat that can take us far out into the waters, or we can jump off the dock and swim in the water.

When you look at the image of the Dock Less Traveled imagine yourself at the moment of stepping onto the dock. You are surrounded by the word. Everywhere you look or step is created by the Word and embodies it.

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Inspirational Summer Reading Fun

July 6th, 2012 by Admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

I read many inspirational, self-help, motivational and business books. If I learn of, find or am given a book in these categories by someone who follows me (and of course I follow them back!) I will at least skim the book, and read a few chapters.

However, in the hot summer months, I tend to read less of these and turn to more fun fare, fiction, biographies and of course, books about art. Happily, this past winter I read two inspirational books that if you missed them are wonderful fun summer reads! What makes this even more fun for me is that these books are by two authors who are and have been my social media friends since I first wandered onto Twitter.

The first is Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. It is meant to be a business book, but the ideas and principles can easily benefit and be applied to non-business relationships and endeavors as it is a kind of how to manual for achieving likeability and trust.

While the names of the chapters indicate information useful to sales people, managers, executives, etc., they are just as meaningful for parents of teenagers and adult children, spouses, adult children dealing with parents, teachers, and, well, anyone who has ideas to share with another person, which means anyone but a complete hermit.

Here are some of the chapter titles, “How to Achieve Trust Worthiness”, “How to Prepare”, “How to Overcome Resistance”—explaining why people are reluctant and how to get over that, and “How to Make Enchantment Endure”. Now, think of a woman who is hoping to meet and marry a good man and enjoy a good marriage and reread those chapter titles! Learning how to enchant others is clearly a skill worth cultivating.

And, Guy Kawasaki enchants with his examples, stories and friendly, accessible writing style. You will not only benefit from reading this book, you will enjoy the ride.

In Never Pass Up an Opportunity, 51 Opportunities For Improving Your Life , author Larry Czerwonka gives us a fun fast read, but one where the ideas can linger and have an uplifting and long time effect.

Each chapter is less that one page long, some are only a paragraph is size, but each chapter holds a big inspirational idea that is easy or grasp, and include in your life.

As an artist some of my favorites of Czerwonka’s 51 Never Pass Up challenges are: “#14 be someone’s RAINBOW when they are feeling down”, “weave something NEW into the tapestry of your life”, “#39 ASSOCIATE yourself with passionate and caring people” and #40 associate yourself with slightly CRAZY people”. I admit that those last two may be how I quickly became social media friends with Larry Czerwonka, because all artist by definition are not “normal” but are passionate about their art.

So do not pass up an opportunity to read this book and then share it with a friend.

On Twitter follow Guy @GuyKawasaki and Larry @larryczerwonka and me @judyrey

[Note: Judy Rey Wasserman only reviews books on inspiration, spirituality, or social media (at this blog) or art (at that she appreciates and believes will benefit and inspire these who like her work. She only gives good reviews because she can chose what, if anything, to mention.]

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