Monday, February 22, 2021

As Above...

  ...so below.

The rains let up, and we got out for a nice long neighborhood walk. The puddles were everywhere in the cow pastures creating lovely reflective moments. When I downloaded the photos I looked at this one and my first thought was, "As above, so below." Mmm... where did that come from? Why do I know it? It sent me on a google  journey to find out where I might have first heard this phrase. So far, I have not been able to pinpoint the moment. Do you remember it? If yes, where did you first hear it? All I know is that I heard it a long time ago. Maybe it was a New-Age thing from the 1970s.

While we were out there on this lovely sunny day, I also noticed a rainbow. Not a hint of rain, but a rainbow in the distance nonetheless. Sometimes I think I am a very lucky rainbow girl!

Our latest vaccine news is Roger's second shot was cancelled because of the terrible arctic blast weather conditions which halted distribution and deliveries all across the country. Bummer. I have not gotten my first shot yet. Oh well, maybe someday. Hope all is well for you, friends. Stay safe and healthy.


31 comments:

  1. I haven't tried to look up the phrase, but I suspect it is some pious platitude, perhaps from a sermon but more likely from a devotional song. Such as "as it is in heaven, so it should be on earth below." I certainly heard plenty of such platitudes in my religious upbringing.

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    1. Paul-- It probably does have a spiritual basis. I remember hearing it in the 1970s during the New Age movement. I read that there is actually a movie with that name. Weird.

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  2. Fingers crossed for a quick rescheduling for Roger, and "soon come" for your first shot.

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    1. Colette-- So far no rescheduling and no first for me. We're patiently waiting... for now.

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  3. I have never heard it but that first picture certainly illustrated the saying perfectly.
    Sorry Roger's second shot was delayed and hope he gets it soon and you get your first. The first for me was such a relief and I want you to feel that.

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    1. Patti-- I'm glad you see that in the photo. It really evoked it for me. I so want to feel that sense of relief and safety. Still waiting....

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  4. I know the saying but like you don't know it's genesis. in fact I have sketched a piece that I entertain doing and that is also the title. in this case cotton above (clouds) and cotton below (cotton plants).

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    1. ellen-- I would so love to see a painting like that. It would be so beautiful and evocative of the saying.

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  5. I have no memory of the phrase you are thinking about. Good that you have some beautiful days.

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    1. Red-- We had another beautiful day today. It really makes a huge difference after what feels like months of rain.

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  6. Oh I am so glad you all got to stretch your legs and see puddles, and rainbows. Hope the vaccines arrive soon.

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    1. Barbara-- Puddles and rainbows. I think that has become the story of my life these days!

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I never think of California getting so much rain, but of course I know Northern California is much different from the South. No idea where that phrase came from, but it is poetic. Maybe you made it up?!

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    1. Steve-- So glad you liked these photos. We are so much closer to Oregon than we are to Los Angeles. We are only 100 miles south of the Oregon border and 700 miles north of LA. We're practically Oregonians! I definitely didn't make it up, but that's a very funny thought.

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  8. Shots were delayed here too but since our second ones aren't until next week we have hope they'll be back on schedule by then.

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    1. Catalyst-- I sure hope that distribution and delivery gets back on track as soon as possible.

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  9. There is a somewhat similar phrase in German, which means clean outside as clean inside (a person's heart etc.).
    Lovely picture.

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    1. Sabine-- I love the German phrase. It sounds lovely. So glad you liked the photo.

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  10. Though it may have been used in a religiously pious way the phrase 'as above, so below' is profound and that assessment by a previous commentator severly diminishes it. It is used in chaos theory and Jungian depth psychology and is one of my favourite sayings. In a Jungian context:

    'The idea that the macrocosm (the universe or God) and the microcosm (the physical world, a human being) are inherently connected is a crucial element of alchemy. The equivalent understanding in chaos theory is that the global and the local are inextricably mixed, so that each affects the other.'

    Jung was not a practising Christian yet spoke about Christian symbolism a lot because it is embedded in the history of Western culture:

    'Jung was not discussing Hell and he was not talking about Heaven. He was instead making an analogy between the mental archetypes of light being opposite darkness; particularly about how those archetypes manifest in both traditional, christian symbolism, as well as theology.'

    You can put the phrase into many contexts and it will have meaning. This is why I think it deserves respect - it has universality and is relevant across different cultures, religions and ideologies.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Thank you so much for this explanation. It really does help solve the mystery for me. I like the analogy of light and darkness. It is relevant and universal, and that is perhaps why I've remembered it for so many, many years. Thank you.

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  11. Can't say I've ever heard of it, but those are certainly some pretty photos. Sorry about the vaccine cancellation. It's the same here because it just keeps snowing. We got another six or so inches yesterday. I'm just hoping the weather holds out for my mother-in-law's second dose.

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    1. Sharon-- I am so surprised by this ongoing wintry weather. I so hope things clear up there so your mother-in-law can get her second dose. Oy, these are such hard times. Take care there.

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  12. "As above, so below, as within, so without". If you look up The Emerald Tablet on Wikipedia you'll find out all you need to know.

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    1. John-- Thank you thank you so much for this. Yes! That's it. I had no idea how long this idea has been around. A shared consciousness through the centuries. I love it. Thank you!

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    2. Yes that's right John. I couldn't remember the origin. Hermes Trismegistus was the author I think.

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  13. So nice that you and Roger could get out for a neighborhood walk, Robin. Hopefully the cancelled appt will be rescheduled soon. I don't know the meaning behind "As above...so below" but it was the title of a 2014 American horror film, which would not be on my "watch" list.

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    1. Beatrice-- Roger's second vaccination is scheduled for this afternoon. We are so glad! I'm hoping to get on the list in March. I saw that horror film title when I was googling around. Ugh, I would never watch that either!

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  14. When I saw your first photo, I thought, “ah, they can grow rice!”😄. I don’t know where that phrase came from, but it is familiar. I’m in the same boat as you; hoping to get on a list to get vaccine shots. I hope Roger didn’t have to wait too long to get his second shot.

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    1. oldwhitelady-- I like your rice perspective! Roger got his second shot yesterday! He's doing well with it. Now I'm just waiting to get my first. Someday soon.

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  15. I thought "as above, so below" was a biblical scripture but you sent me down a google rabbit hole, too, and it turns out to be theosophist, more than biblical, more new age than christian, the full quote being ""As above, so it is below. That which has been, will return again. As in heaven, so on earth." Thanks for the journey this morning!

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    1. 37paddington-- I had assumed it was a modern new-age thing from the late 1960s early 1970s era. I was so surprised to read the true history of it.

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