New Sophia Drawing: Resilience

"Sophia: Resilience" drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward
“Sophia: Resilience” drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward

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I am amazed at the strength in vulnerability of Sophia. Have you read her story yet in The Liberation of Sophia?

In the book I say I lost the inspiration to draw her, and that was a sign to me that I had processed the deconstruction of my faith, my beliefs, and it was time to tell the story. There are 59 drawings in that book, each with a meditation. But, alas, the inspiration struck to draw her again.

Will more follow? I don’t know.

Resilience. I facilitate an online community called The Lasting Supper. (You’re invited to join!) The resilience of the people there is just incredible. Remarkable! The stuff they’ve been through or are going through, and the resilience they muster to not only cope with it, endure it, but to survive it, always astounds me.

Here, Sophia stands with a formidable strength, represented by the musk ox. She also holds a spear. This means she mustn’t be messed with.

She will prevail!

Like you, I bet. Just look back and see what you’ve lived through! And here you are now reading this. I bet you have stories.

And I bet they all testify to your own measure of resilience.


7 Replies to “New Sophia Drawing: Resilience”

  1. Not being from Eastern Canada or Greenland, and having a spotty education, I had never heard of the Muskkox. Fun to read it is closer to sheep and goats then to oxen.

    I didn’t find much mythology about the Musk-Goats as I googled today except humans have loved hunting them and eating them into oblivion forever in spite of their “formidable strength”. I did find that they were suppose to be animals that understood human language and hunters would chat to them.

    As I’ve written before, I have found it interesting that your Sophia is a thin, young, sexy [by modern fashionable standards] female — not a woman that most women I know could identify with, though most men may. But if Sophia is suppose to be a goddess symbol, I can see the idealization.

    Still curious how such a female became your symbol — why not an animal, an inner man or some such thing?

    Interestingly, in a tradition I am sympathetic to [Tibetan Vajrayana], visualizing an inner person of the other sex is a powerful transformation technique. So you are probably a natural tantrist — as I have credited you in the past.

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