(on the bottom left hand corner of the painting is the symbol for the word Unity)
Tsewa is a Tibetan word that translates roughly to “tenderness” and is used to describe a common Buddhist ideal.
Tsewa can be loosely defined as the state of being open hearted toward others in a way that allows people to experience and spread positive emotions such as love and compassion. This is the fundamental nature of the human heart. The more open one person’s heart is, the more they benefit and help others. The more that a person helps others, the happier they feel. The happier they feel, the more open they become, and they are even more likely to help others. This makes them feel even happier still, and so the tsewa forms an upward spiral for everyone.
Jessel Process for Tibetan Tenderness
I feel as if the world is like a newborn baby as we navigate our way through this current crisis. Our footing has been shaken and everything we do, say and experience, like a child's view of the world, is for the first time.
Tibetan Tenderness started with a face that appeared in the first moments of the creation. I kept moving from place to place on the page asking for the story and the roadmap to completion. (See first image below)
I shed tears every day for all of us seeking answers and finding only question marks. Oddly enough, at one stage of this painting, a question mark appeared over the shoulder of the child as a river or path. (See second image below) It later became an E and suddenly I felt "everyone in Unity" The symbol for Unity is on the lower left of the painting.
The question was answered and removed from the painting, once I realized that the journey right now, is life itself for a child everyday.
I do not know what tomorrow will bring and have not known my whole life. I have expectations, dreams, hopes and prayers, yet I recall something my Mom would say," Man Plans and God Laughs."
I look around my world of 35 years and have the expectation that I will open the doors soon and the gallery will survive.
I look at the children wondering what kind of school year is ahead of them and dream of a safe planet for their future.
I look at the towns and cities including Napa and all the businesses suffering from this "shut down" and hope business thrives once we all feel we can move about.
Most of all, I look out to all of YOU and send my Prayers Every Single Day that you remain healthy and find joy and laughter in your day.
This very bright colored painting filled me with the promise of a Brave New World and the thought that on day we will look back at this time and remember a moment in our history that "We the People" were ONE.