This week the community of tanglers that was brought together – knitted together – by Laura's challenges, found out that Laura and her baby son, Artoo, are facing major life challenges themselves. The Call went out for us to create a Zentangle (or ZIA*) heart incorporating two previous challenge themes. Laura wrote, "and maybe you could send your healing intent to our little baby as you do your entry."
Well... that is exactly what has been happening this week. I have been visiting each heart-felt message, artistically expressed as they have been posted each day – and I have been moved to tears at times, by the great wellspring of Love and Community Spirit that is being sent out to Artoo, Laura and her family (Artoo's older brother and his Dad).
And so, with healing intent, I too answer The Call with this simple Zentangle.
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I used these two challenge themes: Breathe (since that's what Artoo is struggling to do for himself right now) and Simplicity. The simplicity of a single tangle, Zander.** My heart felt so full of 'healing intent' – way too big to fit onto a single Zentangle tile, so that is why my heart design disappears off the edges.
I wished, as I drew this, that I owned a flask of Lucy Pevensie's cordial:
"In this bottle, there is a cordial made of the juice of the fire-flowers that grow in the mountains of the sun. If you or any of your friends are hurt, a few drops will restore them." [Father Christmas, from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis]
...for with a single drop of such a cordial, I could restore Artoo to perfect health. However, although we don't have access to magic cordials in the 'real' world, the healing intent that has been brewed up by this tangled community for Artoo this week – in answer to Laura's Call – is surely magical.
And, as I thought about all these magic, tangled hearts – so full of healing intent – that have emerged in response to Laura's Call for our heart-felt support, I remembered the beautiful song that Regina Spektor sang (for the Narnia movie, Prince Caspian) called "The Call." I played the song, as I tangled my heart... hence the title of this post.
Listen, Artoo – these hearts are our battle cry!
We're fighting, in spirit, by your side. Holding you in our hearts.
With a heart and mind full of loving-kindness, I answer The Call, and send Artoo and his family metta:
I send them, with this tangled heart of mine, "...love that is firm but not grasping, unshakeable but not inflexible, gentle and settled, hard but unhurting, helpful but not interfering, giving more than receiving, dignified but not proud, soft but not sentimental."
*ZIA = Zentangle inspired art (see explanation here).
**There is no online instruction for Zander, that I know of... but there's a great example of it on Kass Hall's website here. Kass is a talented, Australian CZT, based in Melbourne. (Kass also describes her experience at the CZT training in October last year... which is very exciting for me – as I shall be following in her footsteps