Stained Glass

The Refraction of Light/ Life and Infinite Possibilities

When I found this background I saw visions of light in myriad of rainbow prisms that spoke to me of the infinite possibilites of reality and the future human consciousness.

Reality - comprised of sound, light and color - forever showing us different ways to look at our 3D experience.

When I found this Christmas background - it reminded me of the beauty of stained glass which I have always loved.

In NYC we have stores that sell only stained glass items - lamps, windows, small boxes, fames for pictures, business card holders, night lights, just about anything you can think of.

Stained glass objects - like crystals are best experienced when held up to light - especially sunlight.

My friend Charles and I used to work with stained glass in his home workshop where he created many things - his speciality being windows.

Windows are doorways that take us into other realities through light movement at different angles. Some people say you can move through time and grids by adjusting the angles of light. This was supposedly done in the time of Atlantis.

Crystals are prisms of light. In a sunny room they can create fascinating rainbows in your room. Rainbows are now double which represents merging DNA.

Crystal balls can show us images if we look with the third eye

A body of water can also creates prisms

of light reflecting your inner self.

A mirror reflects light and can show you who you are in this reality and others. Look into a mirror in a dark room. Use a flashlight - or candle - to illuminate your face.

Watch your image change. See who you are.

Hold a quartz crystal to the light and enjoy the prisms. Allow your mind to wander and see the endless possibilities. I always see images in my crystals that seem to move for me and tell me a story.

Prisms show white light (treated for the sake of simplicity as a mixture of seven sharply-defined colours) refracted by a ring of rotating prisms. The optical properties of the prisms are chosen so that one of the wavelengths will be refracted around the ring when the prisms are correctly aligned. The rotation slows whenever light rays connect several of the prisms, either in the ring formation, which is always present, or in any other serendipitous pattern. Applet showing a circle of 10 pyramids creating light It should be 12 pyramids around one but I like the image.

Patterns in Nature

Prisms of Light - Metaphysics

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonn� and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began. By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.

There is a mystery to glass: It is a form of matter with gas, liquid and solid state properties. Glass is most like a super-cooled liquid. It captures light and glows from within. It is a jewel like substance made from the most ordinary materials: sand transformed by fire. Before recorded history, man learned to make glass and color it by adding metallic salts and oxides. These minerals within the glass capture specific portions from the spectrum of white light allowing the human eye to see various colors. Gold produces stunning cranberry, cobalt makes blues; silver creates yellows and golds and copper makes greens and brick red.

Techniques of stained glass window construction were described by the monk Theophilus who wrote a how to for craftsmen about 1100 AD. It describes methods little changed over 900 years: "if you want to assemble simple windows, first mark out the dimensions of their length and breadth on a wooden board, then draw scroll work or anything else that pleases you, and select colors that are to be put in. Cut the glass and fit the pieces together with the grozing iron. Enclose them with lead cames..... and solder on both sides. Surround it with a wooden frame strengthened with nails and set it up in the place where you wish.

The Gothic age produced the great cathedrals of Europe and brought a full flowering of stained glass windows. Churches became taller and lighter, walls thinned and stained glass was used to fill the increasingly larger openings in them. Stained glass became the sun filled world outside. Abbot Suger of the Abbey of St. Denis rebuilt his church in what is one of the first examples of the Gothic style. He brought in craftsmen to make the glass and kept a journal of what was done. He truly believed that the presence of beautiful objects would lift mens� souls closer to God.

Stained glass windows are often viewed as translucent pictures. Gothic stained glass windows are a complex mosaic of bits of colored glass joined with lead into an intricate pattern illustrating biblical stories and saints lives. Viewed from the ground, they appear not as a picture but as a network of black lines and colored light. Medieval man experienced a window more than he read it. It made the church that special, sacred dwelling place of an all powerful God.

Medieval craftsmen were more interested in illustrating an idea than creating natural or realistic images. Rich, jewel colors played off milky, dull neutrals. Paint work was often crude and unsophisticated: a dark brown enamel, called grisaille, was matted to the glass surface to delineate features, not to control the transmission of light.

In the 15th century, the apex of high Gothic, the way stained glass was viewed changed. It became more a picture and less an atmosphere. Paler colors admitted more light and figures were larger, often filling the entire window. Paint work became more sophisticated, more like easel painting. The rediscovery of silver stain allowed the artist to realistically depict yellow hair and golden garments.

Stained glass artists became glass painters as the form became closer and closer to panel painting. Lead lines that were once accepted as a necessary and decorative element became structural evils to be camouflaged by the design. The Renaissance brought the art of stained glass into a 300 year period where windows were white glass heavily painted. They lost all their previous glory and it seemed the original symbolism and innate beauty of stained glass was forgotten.

In this period, stained glass became a fashionable addition to residences , public buildings and churches. Heraldic glass showing detailed shields and coats of arms on simple, transparent backgrounds was common. Much of what stained glass was became forgotten. The 18th century saw the removal of many medieval stained glass windows. They were destroyed as hopelessly old fashioned and replaced by painted glass.

England in the mid 1800�s saw a revival of interest in Gothic architecture. Several amateur art historians and scientists rediscovered the medieval glass techniques. Pieces of glass were tested and their color secrets unlocked.

Glass studios in England made their versions of medieval windows for Gothic Revival buildings. The Bolton Brothers, English immigrants, established one of the first stained glass studios in America. These Gothic style windows enhanced churches and simple ornamental windows and painted figural windows were the norm until the development of a distinctive American style.

John LaFarge and Louis Comfort Tiffany were two American painters who began experimenting with glass. Contemporaries, but working independently, they were trying to develop glass that possessed a wide range of visual effects without painting. They soon became competitors. LaFarge developed and copyrighted opalescent glass in 1879. Tiffany popularized it and his name became synonymous with opalescent glass and the American glass movement. LaFarge and Tiffany used intricate cuts and richly colored glasses within detailed, flowing designs. Plating, or layering glass layers, achieved depth and texture. Both made windows for private homes as well as churches.

The process of using thin strips of copper as a substitute for lead came allowed for intricate sections within windows. Tiffany adapted the technique to construct lampshades and capitalized on the new innovation of electric lighting. Tiffany�s customers were wealthy, turn of the century families including the Vanderbilts and Astors. The Tiffany style prompted many imitators and opalescent windows and shades remained popular through the turn of the century.

Tastes changed after WWI. A revival of archeological accuracy in architecture called for new gothic glass windows for the NeoGothic churches. LaFarge had died in 1910, interest in opalescent glass waned and Tiffany remained its last defendant until his death in 1933 and the subsequent bankruptcy of his studios. New craftsmen such as William Willet, Rambusch, Charles Connick and Nicolai D�Ascenzo, made windows for churches across America.

Except for church windows, stained glass remained in decline until the post WWII era. The abstract and expressionist movement in painting influenced a new group of artists to explore artistic expression in the medium of glass.

Contemporary church windows may in some way be closer to those of the early Gothic period. Not easy to identify scenes, they again create a pure atmosphere of light and color, inspiring a contemplative attitude through the transformation of the ordinary into the mystical.

Stained glass, or more appropriate art glass, is all around us today. An explosion of interest in the last 30 years has give rise to many new and imaginative forms of this art. The rise of the individual artist, new technologies and the growing interest in stained glass as a hobby craft have all lead to what is being called a new golden age in glass. New homes are frequently embellished with spectacular beveled glass entryways, stained glass bathroom windows and Tiffany style lampshades. Decorative panels are purchased just to hang in a sunny window. Marvelous hot formed glass pieces adorn tables, walls, shelves and fill windows. New artists are combining, creating and developing unique new forms and styles every day.

  • The History of Stained Glass Many histories of stained glass begin with Pliny's tale of the accidental discovery of glass by Phoenician sailors.

  • Stained Glass - Nice Images - History

  • Stained Glass Reflections

    The Day After Christmas

    The day after Christmas unfolded for me like a gift from Santa himself. It was a sunny day in the 40's with no wind . . . a great day for an adventure.

    It all began after I posted the columns above and below . . .

    Now I am adding updates . . .

    The morning column:

    I hope your Christmas was filled with love and good wishes.

    I had a wonderful day with family and 'tried' really hard not to overeat.

    I'm off to Long Island today with a friend for another day of play.

    This is not a metaphysical adventure . . . but in the end everything I do turns out that way.

    I no longer view the world with 3D eyes - probably never did.

    When you look beyond the illusion . . . the light spectrum radiates new colors. Rainbows are double with new shades of blues and pinks.

    So much of what goes on in this reality makes no sense allowing one to seek new places of light and awareness.

    One need only step back and look at events in 3D to understand the illusion of it all and how reality can change in the blink of an eye!

    The feeling for creating positive change is in the air.

    Many people are 'on hold' as we enter the last week of 2001.

    Some people are working during the last few days of the year, while others relax and catch up on personal issues.

    It's a time to reflect on your life.

    2002 is a year of high action and change. Nothing will top the WTC attack - but things will occur out of the ordinary and many souls will continue to leave 3D.

    People's psychic abilities will soar as we move quickly into yet another reality.

    2002 is a year to set plans in motion.

    Beginning in 2003 - reality will once again take on a new hue.

    At the beginning of 2001 - Z told me to create the file Thus Spake Zarathrustra

    I knew then that Z meant major changes in 2001 . . . And so it was and so it shall continue . . .

    'Thus Sprach Zarathustra' concerned the teachings of the Persian prophet Zoroaster and included the idea that someday man would evolve into a "superman" or higher being. Additional Notes

    There is great anticipation with January 2, 2002 as we seek to rebuild the economy and the nation.

    Decide what you want for 2002.

    Make New Year's Resolutions only if you intend to keep them.

    Change isn't easy!

    Woke up dreaming about a circle of smoke floating over a mountain or volcano. Not sure what that means.

    The Music Box Played

      After posting my column this morning I prepared to leave for my Long Island journey. It was 8:30 and I had one hour to get ready . . more than enough time.

      I was in the kitchen when suddenly I heard a music box playing loudly in the living room. It has been a long time since I have heard the physical tones of 'The Music Box' one of the key symbols in 'Sarah and Alexander' as these musical tones come from another dimension - the source of the tones never found in 3D.

      As I heard the tones and my heart began to pound in my chest. I walked into the livingroom and stood there listening looking out over the great expanse of the Verrazano Bridge. The music is not anthing heard on the Earth plane. For 2-3 minutes I was surrounded in music and the energies of Spirit. I was ecstatic.

      I felt the original energies I had experienced in 1989 when I heard them for the first time after the spirit of a young boy named Alexander came to me psychically and began to channel the beginning S & A. It was quite an amazing experience that day and made me realize that I was being guided to do something special. Now exactly 12 years later at Christmas - the same tones were playing once again. [12 is a key number - Stargates - Sacred Geometry - 12 around 1 - 12:12]. This was also the day I found the angel hair in my bedroom.

      Journey to Long Island

      Still 'high' from that experience - I set off for my day with friends in Long Island spending part of the time in the waterfront home of an old and dear friend who is an artist and pianist.

      In 1989 when Alexander first came to me and the music box played - he showed me an old wooden footbridge that 7 year old Sarah crosses as a child to meet Alexander, who appears to be the same age.

      As we drove up to my friend's house I noticed a footbridge off to the one side . . . another S & A synchronicity! We noticed the lillies in the small pond below the bridge had buds . . . in December.

      This day would trigger much for me as if written in a journal of metaphysical experiences.

      During my visit I channeled several deceased souls for people. They had been trying to get appointments with John Edward but were unsuccessful. They were amazed at what came through me.

      One of the people mentioned the tragic and suspicious death - of someone she knew - on December 2, 2000. She explained that exactly one year later - December 2, 2001 - a dead bird was embedded in the front grill of her car. Spirit left a message for us and we channeled about it. She did not realize that birds mean ascension.

      My friend and I later went to her computer so I could show her the file on Rainbow Twins and the link with the fall of the Twin Towers. We sat in her studio, overlooking the glistening water and the two bridges in the background that looked like the backdrop of a canvas. They are the Throngs Neck and the Whitestone Bridges! They resembled twin bridges - one behind the other - from our vantage point.

      I shared with her the adventures of my trip to Egypt in December 2000 . There was something about the events of that trip that suddenly began to triggering in my mind. It had to do with my journey to Luxor with Irene and my meeting with a man named EZ (This is not Ellie and Z - his name is EZ!) It also linked to the events of 12:12.

      The day was amazing and we promised to get together again in the near future.

      The energies were very high and I could feel something brewing as I set out on my journey home with a male friend.

      It was 4 pm as we drove along the Belt Parkway heading west to Brooklyn . . . The sky was clear with just a few clouds which I silently watched as Z likes to send me messages in the clouds. It's kind of like a game Z and I play.

      We were about an hour away from sunset.

      The traffic slowed as if by design as we passed the exit for Coney Island . . . the area in which I grew up and have written much about.

      We looked up and were surprised to see a beautiful rainbow off to the southwest hanging over Coney island from our vantage point.

      This was unusal as it hadn't rained for days.

      About 5 minutes later as we slowly approached my exit - my friend said, "Look! There's a second rainbow next to the first one!"

      They were both arched over the Verrazano Bridge and my home!

      The first rainbow had moved until it appeared along side the second one.

      I remembering Z telling me to take my camera when I left in the morning - but I had forgotten it! Darn!

      I was so glad I wasn't alone to witness these rainbows! I am sure many people saw them also . . . but perhaps didn't see them with the same awareness.

      Oddly the rainbows were not very long as many rainbows arc across the entire horizon. They appeared shorter, much wider, and closer to us than the norm.

      I asked Z if he had put them there for me and and I heard him laugh and saw his usual wink . . and I knew . . . Santa had brought Ellie a Christmas present!

      I said goodbye to my friend and went upstairs . . .

      Alone in my apartment several hours later . . . Continued