Francis Harold Cook describes the metaphor of Indra’s net in the book The Jewel Net of Indra:
“ Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each “eye” of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.”
Each of us is a jewel in Indra’s net. So what is it that weaves us together? Agreements. As a community we create a net woven of agreements. Whenever two or more of us agree to something there is inception. That new idea or creation then gets reflected out. The energy we can create when working together is orders of magnitude greater than what we can create alone.
As faceted jewels we need those who can polish our facets. As we are reflected most brightly by other well polished jewels, we see to find those whose facets we can polish. We polish our facets and sharpen our tools through play. So let’s play!
Weave with us Indra’s web. Bring a piece of ribbon or yarn (6 feet long or longer) that represents where you choose to invest your brilliant energy in 2012. Small objects (especially shiny ones) that can be easily attached are also welcome.