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Stage 9 is supposed to represent the completion of the stage 8 endeavors. In it you will see evidence of the slowing of the creative flow of energy.
"during the height of our achievement we begin to sense the inevitability of our destruction."
I suppose it is comforting during that moment of recognition to know that the cycle to achievement will repeat again. Devastation occurs when we permit ourselves to be surprised by our own rise and fall. The only constant is change.
"There is no linear evolution; there is only a circumambulation of the self.” ~C. Jung
The absence of color changes the meaning of the form. I am hovering on the verge of something which I cannot quite define...something not-quite-right and more than a bit un-nerving for its lack of clarification. Like eyes on the back of my neck; it prickles. It is hiding in plain sight. The slightest shift of light or color will reveal the change that is coming. For all its incessant inklings; I recognize it. I have been on this part of the circle before. ~slk
Incognito (BW) 9.25.13 ©Sheila L. Kalkbrenner
~Creativity for the Soul 100 Days for Mandalas
"Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay." ~Robert Blair, poet
"I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless." ~ Bette Davis, actress