Let Your Own Light Shine

“You were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within you. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As you are liberated from your own fear, your presence automatically liberates others.” ~Nelson Mandela.

Here’s another paper quilt I just completed: I’m working on letting my light shine!


24″ (w) x 39.5″ (l)

Different things come to me as I look at this quilt. I think about the hatching of desire, the way we nurture a desire, until it finally comes into being. The window represents the opportunities of seeing, realizing what we want. The transmitter of light. It can sometimes be hard to let our desires take flight, but the tenacious crow is the perfect bird to make sure that happens! Most of the time, our dreams are squelched by our own lack of courage or vision–we literally negate (x) them out of existence. But the crow is ready to fly, above the waters of the subconscious, above our reaching arms, reaching upward like branches, into the wide sky, that spacious container with enough room for all our dreams, every one, and then some.

Desire can be so hard
to hatch.    We tend to negate it
out of existence    by
our own lack
of courage and vision.    But
the tenacious crow is ready    to fly
above our subconscious
streams    above
our branching arms
into the open
sky   that spacious
container with more than enough
capacity for all
our desires    every
and then some.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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3 Responses to Let Your Own Light Shine

  1. arlee says:

    I really like the blue dome—letting that light in and out. A nice “cap” to the whole.

    How did you attach to the modules?

  2. carolwiebe says:

    A very simple technique, Arlee: just little bits of the paper/cloth.

  3. tammy vitale says:

    Carol – thanks for your input on my blog’s question yesterday. Your response was exactly the one I had originally hoped for when creating the pieces. Have browsed through all your current blogs (oh my! such wonderful pieces and evocative writing!) and am going to have to steal your George Bernard Shaw quote for my own blog! Thanks! I needed that! =]

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