chapter  18
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The Place of Creation: Transformation, Trauma and Re-rooting Creative Praxis

ByEimear O’Neill

Figure 18.1 This carving follows the opening passage into the core of the megalithic mound of Newgrange in Ireland. It became the heuristic for the spiralling journeys of s/Self transformation, revealed in the Holding Flames community art research project, and then put into praxis in the Spirit Matters gatherings. Illuminated EULHÀ\E\WKHULVLQJVXQHYHU\ZLQWHUVROVWLFHIRUWKHODVW\HDUVLWVGHHS embodied form resonates with that of our galaxy, our embodied DNA and the unfolding growth of seeds. Available at: www.newgrange.com/webcast.htm

The carving from the opening passage into the core of the megalithic mound of Newgrange, Ireland, is an example of human ecology. Part of my own peoples’ Indigenous knowledge of the cosmos, it became the heuristic for the spiraling journeys of s/Self1 transformation revealed in the Holding Flames community art research project, and then put into praxis in the Spirit Matters gatherings. Illuminated brieÀy by the rising sun every winter solstice for the last 5,000 years, its deep embodied form resonates with that of our galaxy, our embodied DNA, and the unfolding growth of seeds. It is also heuristic for the tripal spiral structure of this chapter.