Maryam Mermey’s Healing Arts Blog

Language of Water

Hooded Merganser

 Language of Water

Fine ripples close to the body

an aura

of how we move 

Ripples in the distance

a cadence 

to an unknow destination

An approaching intersection

The wake an arrowhead 

to the future.

photopoem by akiba & maryam mermey

 

Still in Thought

Eastern Bluebird

Still in Thought

Thoughts stilled by the cold

Almond shaped eye

focused inward 

through the black hole 

of time.

Injustices tempered by love -

You have my heart

whatever comes.

photopoem by akiba & maryam mermey

 

Plants and Women's Health Presentation

 

Plants and Women's Health Presentation 

Flowers

Photo by Maryam Mermey 

Are you interested in plants and women’s health? Come for a morning with... Deb Soule Founder, Avena Botanicals Saturday, March 4 10 -11:30 Presentation by Deb “Everything About Calendula and Vaginas” St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, 208 Bates St. Lewiston (by Kennedy Park) 12:00 -1:00 Lunch and Conversation with Deb “The Women Center’s Calendula Projects” The Center for Wisdom’s Women, 97 Blake St. Lewiston (between Pine & Ash St.) Sponsored by and benefitting $10 donation suggested for the day. The Center for Wisdom’s Women. Participants get a free packet of Calendula seeds! RSVP for the Lunch – 513-3922, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speaking Truth to Power



Mallard Duck Rising Up

Photo by Akiba Mermey

Rev. Millie Mallard Exhorting everyone to "Rise Up - Rise Up - Speak Truth to Power - Peacefully!!!"

Jewelry Made By Women's Healing Arts Circle at The Center For Wisdom's Women

 

The magic stones, earrings and necklaces below were made by the magnificent women in the Women's Healing Arts Circle at The Center For Wisdom's Women to reflect the jewels within their hearts and souls.

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Birth of Beauty

Foam mandalas

Mandalas (Sacred Circles) created by out~patient supervisors at Health Affiliates Maine in Expressive Arts Therapy demonstration. I had the joy of facilitating the demonstration and witnessing this birth of beauty!

Fairytales

Hooded MerganserStream

Photos by Akiba Mermey

 

Dreary grey

to golden turbulence

simmering with magical beings,

making fairy tales 

a way of life.

 

 Poem by Maryam Mermey

The Shadow and the Numinous Self

Fusing Glass Jewelry

Sometimes it is the darkness

which carries our souls

like a womb,

until the light

dances through the eye of a needle

and we hope

this to be

God's eye.

Jewelry & Poem by Maryam Mermey

Exploring Yin and Yang Through a Fusing Glass Mandala

Yin and Yang Mandala

Photo and Fusing Glass Mandala by Maryam Mermey

Exploring Yin and Yang Through a Fusing Glass Mandala

 

According to Chinese philosophy, yin is the feminine or receptive principle and yang is the masculine or expressive principle. As human beings we all have both principles and require a balance of yin and yang to give our intentions and ultimately, our purpose, the best chance of fulfillment. According to Sanscrit, the ancient language of India, mandala means Sacred Circle. In other words, the Divine is the center of the circle and the Divine is the circumference of the circle. In the center of the mandala above, the yin or receptive principle is represented by the figure leaning against the left side of the Tree of Life listening for Divine Guidance. The head is bowed in a gesture of turning inward. The yang or expressive principle is represented by the figure leaning against the right side of the Tree of Life expressing Divine Guidance. The head, the body, and the legs are pointing outwards in a gesture of manifestation. In the circumference of the circle, the transluscent triangle on the left and the transluscent rectangle on the right suggest the presence of mystery in both the act of listening and the act of responding. The blue shape towards the top of the tree symbolizes the heart of the Tree of Life, which unites both yin and yang. The firing process brings out the luminosity of all the pieces reflecting the alchemical process which is available to all human beings. 

Exploring the Conscious and Unconscious Through Jewelry Making

Set of jewelry

Photo by Maryam Mermey

Exploring the Conscious and Unconscious Through Jewelry Making

 

Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist brought to light the concept of what is conscious or within our awareness and the concept of the unconscious or that which lies outside our awareness. According to Jung, it is this merging of opposites, which allows us to find balance and our core Self or illuminated identity. The medium of fused glass which means melting two or more layers of glass in a glass kiln is a powerful way to not only help see and but wear the manifestation of possibilities as a form of actualizing potential. Making fused jewelry such as the necklace and earrings above reminds us that there are unknown qualities waiting in the shadows of our being longing for expression as well as qualities and spiritual gifts already in the light of consciousness. The earring in the shadow on the left represents the unconscious and the earring in the light on the right represents consciousness. A star expresses the essence of an embodied human being. The necklace above illuminates the balance of opposites with the guiding star in the middle as the core or spiritual Self. The firing process reveals potentials hidden from view in the unconscious until great heat is applied, which can be looked at as the firing process of life's challenges bringing strengths to the light of consciousness.

 

Morning Glory Arts Therapy Flier

Morning Glory Arts Therapy Flier

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A Transfigured World

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A Transfigured World

Running in snowshoes

Running in sneakers

in a world transfigured by ice

until we are

part of the same landscape

moving... 

together.

by Maryam Mermey

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