I came across this medieval ceramic plate in a museum recently. Here’s what I thought.
Look at the two birds and how together they almost seem to create third bird in the middle, looking out at me!
What a delightful scene! Two birds kissing. Or one bird feeding another.
What a great example of integration – the creation of harmonious bonds between individuals.
I still think all of that.
But something else struck me as I uploaded this photo to share with you……maybe some people will look at this and see it as two birds fighting? Maybe they’ll see it as conflict and competition, not bonding and dancing?
Then I realised that everything we encounter has an element of the Rorscharch Ink Blot test to it – what we see in it is what we bring to it.
If that’s true, then we can experience more love by bringing more love to the table.
Here’s one of the reasons I immediately saw an image of bonding –
This is a picture of one Hoopoe feeding another in my garden last year.