Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Blog, Healing Blogs, Pictogram Blogs | 1 comment

Traditional Icons

I was drawn to this icon that is called the “Icon of Tender Mercy” as it also represents a mother and a child.  I painted this icon in traditional egg tempera and added the final touches in oil.

My interest in icons was inspired by memories of working as an icon writer.  I was shown how behind every icon there is a sacred geometric form.  Icon writers used to meditate on such forms till they had stilled their mind enough for the inspired image to come forth. They became vessels that could receive illuminations of holiness.  Although images and symbols are fixed, they are in reality a process that connects the physical with the corresponding inner and invisible worlds.

Traditionally icons were regarded as being fundamental to prayer.  The process of using an icon for prayer  is broken down into three parts – theory, practice and contemplation.  A student would study the theory behind the image they were drawn to explore.  This is the domain of knowledge or mental labour.  The image was then used to focus and still the mind to penetrate the inner mind accessing the deeper love-wisdom nature within the form. This was followed by a period of contemplation where every aspect of the process and it’s effect on the student’s life was observed.

In this icon depicting the Mother of Tender Mercy, matter is represented as mother and child and the mystical relationship between them is depicted as a nurturing one.  In prayer this icon was used to consciously anchor ones personal relationship to the Divine as a mothering energy that births new life.  This is an inner holding that stills fears and infuses one with joyful anticipation as the deeper mysteries of our Being are unlocked.



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