Reena’s Exploration Challenge #147 — “the earth was without form, and void”

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When I think of a colorless world, I think of The Bible verse from Genesis that says, “and the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep.”

In most (all?) religions there is a creationist story. Once there was one, an indistinguishable void that became more. This’es and That’s turned into “ten thousand things” aka all-that-is. We all spring from this mysterious source, and we all return to it, in infinite recyclings. Now that all-that-is has become, there is no going back to the void.

I don’t see the void as nothing or sterile but more of a primordial soup of undifferentiated, unmanifested cosmoplasm.

What brings non-being into being? Nobody knows for sure, but it is why she is called the Mysterious Mother.



Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:

Let the prompt take you anywhere – nature, art, fashion, interiors, emotions, perspectives, different aspects of anything, whatever colour means to you or the metaphors which emanate from colour. Interesting photographs, or works of art are also welcome.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. I think it was some type of spontaneous combustion that triggered life.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It very well could be, Jim. Something/someone keeps it going though, now that it has started….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thank you.


  2. Carol anne says:

    Yes! I have to say you are spot on! ❤

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  3. Reena Saxena says:

    “primordial soup of undifferentiated, unmanifested comsmoplasm” is brilliant. I guess the thought process blossoms in our minds in the same manner.

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  4. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    The earth was without form or void …… by Jade Li/Lisa

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  5. judeitakali says:

    Nicely done Jade, we cannot give creation a colour because there are too many theories 💛

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    1. msjadeli says:

      To me, all-that-is encompasses all colors — and everything else!

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      1. judeitakali says:

        I guess one side of the coin/dice.🌼

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  6. memadtwo says:

    Your thoughts fit the illustration perfectly. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 The illustration looks like something you would do.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        I was thinking it looked like something I wished I had done!

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  7. ahtdoucette says:

    I found this while seeing if any of your Daoist writings might explain what spirit linking is and wow – just wow. Definitely getting that feeling. My maternal grandparents (both dead now) were Zen Buddhist and I’ve heard there is some link between that and Daoism. I’ve occasionally wanted to explore that more. What an image, love that phrase, “primordial soup of undifferentiated, unmanifested cosmoplasm.” Yes! Makes me think so many distracting thoughts. Beautiful picture too. Back to “work” writing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anne, very glad you stumbled across that post. First off, there are two kinds of Daoism. One is a religion and one is a philosophical way of looking at the world. I don’t know anything about the Daoist religion. Zen Buddhism would seem to be closer to a non-theistic religion with prescribed tenets and practices. Philosophical Daoism is closer to some Western schools of thought. Within the philosophical branch are different subsets of thought or near-Daoist but not quite. The Mysterious Mother, from which all things spring and to which all things return, is definitely in the philosophical text, Tao Te Ching.

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