Inspired by an upcoming MotD, I drew out this week’s mandala with a bunch of holes in it…in varying sizes, either solo holes or holes within holes within holes. In pondering them, I thought about all the different ways we experience holes.
I started with the question of why we dig them. Usually it’s because we want to dig something up or to put something in them. Animals burrow holes usually to live in them, to breed or to store food in them.
In 2003 Disney put out a movie called “Holes” about a camp for wayward boys that dug holes all day long, which unbeknownst to them was part of a secret plot by the camp warden, played by the lovely Sigourney Weaver, to find a hidden treasure chest buried somewhere in the camp. Fun movie!
We in America use the “hole in the wall” phrase to describe a small, dingy place. While in England that’s what they call their ATMs. When it takes just one swing to send a golf ball from the tee into the cup, we call it a hole in one; otherwise known as the perfect shot. You can find more common phrases with the word “hole” in it via thefreedictionary.com site.
There are the holes where something is missing…like theories, plot schemes, in our hearts when someone leaves, caves, craters, sinkholes, etc.
In space NASA describes black holes as “a region in space where the pulling force of gravity is so strong that light is not able to escape.” Some physicists believe in the existence of white holes. From pbs.org: ““A black hole is a place where you can go in but you can never escape; a white hole is a place where you can leave but you can never go back,” says Caltech physicist Sean Carroll.”
Holey Moley, that’s a lot of holes!
Essentially we could take any one of these hole concepts to use as a metaphor for our journey of self discovery, our journey to wholeness.
- Where can we dig deep within us to pull something up and/or out?
- Where are their holes in our beliefs about ourselves?
- Where do we keep the light of day out of us?
- Where can we dig for buried treasure?
- Where in us is something missing?
The Mandala Lady