The regular practice of art making helps us to cultivate creative ways of being in the world. Ultimately, our greatest act of living our daily lives. Creativity is about making space; it' is about listening to ourselves and to the world around us. ~Christine Valters Pantner
So my need for spiritual feed. These days has come from a book that I'm reading and sharing with my book club, " Disorderly Dancing Artists." Not sure if any of use are great dancer but I'm sure we had some moments. Any ways...being distracted is my middle name, in life and so on. But back to the post title about personal Altars. I'm very fortunate to have these space all around my home even thought I live with 5 other people. And Week Three in The Artists Rules, shares about our sacred tools and sacred spaces.
Long before understanding about altars and having objects to adorn window ledge, I've been a collector and had connections like that. Then getting into the Artist Way books over 20 years ago I've grown to understand them differently. Some may call them clutter, which some of these area I wished I had differently but they are what they are. In progress.
I was just thinking about people who continual go way for retreats and all and I'm beginning to realize I have them all around me places to rest and listen and concentrate on living a active life of contemplation.
Oh to stack things....Books, Rocks the repetitive shape- again and again...does that signal to have more, need more or the big $ sign? or can it just be cool to see it and how the effect feels? Good questions to ponder on? this is my little nook behind me at the kitchen table...were I command things and can see all whom walk into the kitchen and where I can see out to my back yard. Sacred space...sure it is.
It's like an evaluation of where and what I want to put my energies into these next years...? Hard work to sort though but I really dig this kind of action plan.
Week Three- Invitation, is to regard everything in your life as sacred, including the tools you engage for your art making and writing and to sanctify the space in which you work. My personal notes from The Artists Rule, Week three...You see I'm one that has to bring it in and really feel it..and when I read a book, I'm underlining everything, they I type it out and take notes...then I reflect and still reflect more by posting about it and sending it out to the unknowns....and really then trying to live it.