Sailors notice subtle shifts in the wind and quickly adjust.   Think how our collective emotional intelligence would grow if we could read ourselves as well as a sailor reads the sea, as well as a surfer rides his wave, so that we could swing between positive and negative energy. Rumi says,

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”

Photo by Nan Melville is a “Narcissus” reflection of a dancer in a red dress on a ship.

Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroscientist and author of My Stroke of Insight,  writes “When a person has a reaction to something in their environment, there’s a 90-second chemical process that happens in the body; after that, any remaining emotional response is just the person choosing to stay in that emotional loop.”

The original design for BELL 8 involved three perspectives – the water above the surface, below the surface and the actions of the sailor. Woven in is a play on conscious and subconscious thought. Above the surface, the wind and the light shape the water. Below the water line, life is less volatile, though mysterious, daunting for its depth and complexity.

Perhaps we could some day be able to chart our  individual “water line,” the division between our self who is susceptible to emotional, spiritual, sexual winds and the self who remains calm, yet unknown – still to be fathomed. Yogis have been working on this. For more on emotional essences, read here.