“GO INTO A FOREST.
SOMETIMES A TREE CAN TELL YOU MORE THAN
CAN BE READ IN BOOKS.”
THE SACRED ARTS OF LIFE
Plato’s expression for care of the soul:
TECHNE TOU BIOU
The craft of life.
CARE OF THE SOUL REQUIRES:
SKILL, ATTENTION, ART
To live with a high degree of artfulness means to attend to the small things that keep the soul engaged in whatever we are doing, and it is the very heart of soul-making.
To the soul, the most minute details and the most ordinary activities, carried out with mindfulness and art, have an effect far beyond their apparent insignificance.
Art is that which invites us into contemplation. In that moment of contemplation, art intensifies the presence of the world.
We see more vividly and more deeply.
LIVING ARTFULLY REQUIRES PAUSING.
When imagination is allowed to more do deep places, the sacred is revealed.
“The soul of a piece of art is known intimately, not remotely.
It is felt, not just understood.”
When we allow ourselves to exist truly and fully, we STING the world with our vision and challenge it with our own ways of being.
Repetition is Death.
Repetition defends against the rush of individual life.
It seeks the deadly peace of a culture that has banished surprise.
“Transparent man, who is seen and seen through, who has nothing left to hide, who has become transparent through self-acceptance;
his soul is loved,
he is just what he is,
freed from paranoid concealment,
from the knowledge of his secrets and his secret knowledge;
his transparency serves as a prism for the world and the not-world.
For it is impossible reflectively to know thyself:
Only the last reflection of an obituary may tell the truth,
And only God knows our real names.”
THE DIGNITY OF THE DARING
Courage, like risk, is absolutely relative.
What is courageous to one person may be fainthearted to another.
Risk is whatever scares YOU. It is the threshold we are required to cross before we can lean down to our passions lying dormant and kiss them awake.
A threshold is a place of passage, a portal through which we pass from here to there and
From known to unknown.
But it also means a measure of endurance.
If we can increase our threshold for crossing thresholds,
Then we can transcend some of the limits of life,
And we can change our lives in the most prodigious ways.
“There is a very clear link between courage and the degree of meaning in someone’s life;
at a really deep level,
that you KNOW why you do things,
you know WHAT your life is about.
Most fear is fear of the unknown,
But when you can answer this root question of what your life is about,
That root insecurity is dealt with,
And dealing with it makes it so that no fear is as bad as it was before.
The more meaning,
The more courage,
And the less fear.”
I had a difficult time trying to get up and paint tonight. All is right for my painting (atmosphere, nobody here, creativity ect.).
However, I could not JUST| DO IT!
I am afraid.
Afraid things are different with Logan being here and maybe painting is not my calling. Maybe I should be a mom and not paint anymore. I know this is wrong and I must take time to paint. I feel God and meditate on that and it frees me to paint. I will not be less of a mom if I feel the calling to create paintings.
I also think varnishing impacted this. I don’t know why. I have felt God has given me the opportunity to varnish garage doors for maintenance in the morning and I love it like I love painting glass. I am alone listening to my IPod with lots of great country music and I am free to dance and be in the moment.
“We risk going beyond the limits we’ve set for ourselves tward the primitive fears of rejection and failure that are attached to the idea of risk.”
“We go tward the shadow sides of ourselves, which we try to hide even from ourselves – the
timidity and indecisiveness,
the fear of change,
the fear of being a beginner.
We move tward the possibility of flawed efforts and risk taking,
And we don’t like our flaws.”
TALK YOUR WALK
You must be willing to devote yourself to the risk taking that MUST be undertaken if a calling is to be affirmed. (my risk: public speaking and showing my artwork to others)
It is the courage to step past the point of no return,
To acknowledge that all our mightiest refusals are mere resistance.
At some point, we have to stop preparing and jump,
“Beyond a given point we are not helped by more knowing, byt only by living and doing in a partly self-forgetful way.”
SACRIFICES IN THE SERVICE OF A CALLING TAKE MAY FORMS:
If you aspire to peace, you will have to sacrifice your own projections, stop making spittoons of other people – making them receptacles for your untidy judgements – and stop imagining that you could cast the first stone with impurity.
“Give up your good Christian life and follow Christ.”
If a sacrifice doesn’t put you out, doesn’t hurt a lot, its probably insufficient to bring on the changes you’re after.
I feel called to share my art and writing with the world, but I am only able to show it to friends and family, I’m not stepping all the way to the plate.
“Giving my mirror picture of ‘God and Woman’ to the girl (My resident) at Pointe West who was SO mad at me and getting a divorce and I knew she was truly devastated by it. Her sister yelled at me and said “What the hell is this???” and I said ‘I’m an artist.’
When we talk about a calling,
We’re speaking of an encounter with the divinity, with the deep soul,
That must be honored.
The help we need in inner work:
This will seed the brain with messages of confidence rather that of pessimism.
JOURNAL: MY CALLING: SHOW PEOPLE GOD
Through my glass painting
HOW: make them contemplate and meditate on what thy are looking at. Because of my awareness of God and the ability to let go and be myself and see Him when I paint I can pour myself into my painting.
The love for God I feel when I paint is then put into the world for others to see
- Him –
This will have a domino affect and others will see Him through my paintings. The fact that I am not an artist – I just let go and let God – will help people understand there is so much more to life than what they thought.
MY CALLYING: LIFE COACH
Help people understand that they can get through the tough times. Change is good and other people’s opinions don’t matter. Only theirs about themselves.
Show people love. Love is everywhere and needs to be noticed. We need top help others and understand we are not all that matters.
I want to help heal humanity. Show them the little things in life that make them miserable are not important.
I want to help people get through the pain and misery I’ve been through myself. To give back.
The real trick to being creative is not about talent, It is about believing in yourself. And letting your creative muse fly. No matter what anyone says. Know you are who you are and they don’t know you so how could they know.
Our creativity was given to us, by a very compassionate and benevolent force, as a way to access and express the deepest parts of who we are.
It is connected to our internal guidance system, known as our intuition, which leads us with unfailing accuracy to make optimal, positive life choices.
Creativity is a powerful tool for healing on both spiritual and pshchological levels.
KNOWLEDGE IS LIMITED.
IMAGINATION ENCIRCLES THE WORLD.