The image above gives you an idea of my thought process as I wrestled with a new name for this blog in my ongoing attempts at trying to organize the spiritual-creative jumble that is my life.
I thought Monastic Resonance Imaging (MRI) might work, but it felt somewhat obscure. (Though I can’t promise it won’t pop up in some equally obscure future post😏).
Hypogeum was the name I gave to my basement wood inlay workshop (an underground temple at least to me 🙃). So I thought Heart’s Hypogeum might be a nice title. But it felt rather long and convoluted.
Belly Hymns, my first CD under the Jeremiahs Run name, and current Soundcloud project, sounded like a good option. But I decided to leave it in the musical realm of my existence.
In the end, I chose iX-RAYS.
Iota for Iesous (Ιησους, Jesus in Greek) and “X” or Chi for Christos (Χριστος, Christ in Greek) have been used since the early days of Christianity. Together they form the IX monogram as shown on the tomb below and in my logo for the site.
IX are the first two letters for the more familiar ἸΧΘΥΣ (ichthys) (or Jesus fish) which is an acrostic for “Ἰησοῦς Χριστὸς Θεοῦ Υἱὸς Σωτήρ”, Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr; which translates into English as ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.’
As I’ve gotten older, one of the things that I’m most grateful for is that many of the things I enjoy doing . . . writing, art, carpentry, music, photography . . . have become spiritual practices for me.
So these are my iX-RAYS . . . my somewhat awkward attempts at creatively expressing what moves my soul.
I’m still learning how to read the radiographs of my heart as they are revealed by the Holy Spirit. I appreciate your presence here with me and welcome your thoughts and comments.