It is common now to see street art as another medium on our radar. In this “Lunar Year of the Monkey”, we might ponder on the street art of Herakut, international street artists, whose work in Fitzroy, as part of their Giant Story Book series (2013), centers around the monkey character.
It’s interesting to notice what shapes our opinions, beliefs and values. Books and storytelling clearly play a large part in our formative years. These may be from diverse traditions, myths and cultures.
As adults how we interpret the word around us and how we filter messages gives us insight into where we are nourishing our core beliefs and how open we are to growth from the vital new voices of our day.
It can be challenging to engage with street art, and let questions be asked. As the front side of this work exclaims..”the most curious just tended to be the most courageous.”
Sometimes that is exactly what it takes to stay open and to be prepared to question new ideas and influences. Being courageous embraces taking risks that we might grow. It means not hardening our hearts and remaining resistent to change or intransigent.
“If today you hear his voice harden not your hearts”. Heb 3: 7-8
On the hidden side of this work, we find the question “What would a monkey want to say” ??? This prompts me to suggest we might listen to what our inner questions are and what we may want to say. Spiritual direction helps us listen to our voice and our messages.
Encouraging…is calling forth the courage. Let your heart be open to hear where the Spirit is leading you and discovering the messages that are life giving and calling you forth into your personal wholeness?