Prior to making this mask, I meditated upon its meaning. Images that came were the color indigo, the moon, and ocean waves. The images became reminiscent of my participation in Guided Imagery and Music sessions which were focused on the universe. I also read that these images were typically symbolic of intuitiveness. The necessary turning inward for placing the gauze strips brought memories and awareness of my deceased sister, the war in Iraq, pain associated with loss, struggles involved in emotional dilemmas and poverty and unhealthy conditions across the world. I thought of the "Women in Black" who were taking part in an hour of silence as an active plea for peace. Compassion for humankind is represented by the heart on the inside of the mask. Acts of compassion are the bleeding through to the outside.
Diversity divides and causes conflict at times. Living with and considering these concerns was painful and sobering for me. Discussing certain issues is taboo at times and one must respect and honor appropriate communication and recognition of needs of the minority and those who are oppressed. The universe is an awesome and overwhelming consideration. To fathom its wisdom and power is mind-boggling, but it reminds me that sometimes I have to let go and allow it to be what it is. It is not under my control. My job is only to take care of what I put forth in its glorious path and to consider my response to it.