“The purpose of all art is to serve as a portal to the sacred.” -Eckhart Tolle
“Art is something which, although produced by human hands, is not created by these hands alone, but something which wells up from a deeper source in our souls.” –Vincent Van Gogh
Yes, being in the creative zone originates from AND transcends us to Spirit, to Mystery, to our Essence, the divine spark within us all. So does prayer, and other forms of spiritual practice. So does taking in beauty………being in love………receiving grace. As Rumi says: “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” There are many vehicles that transport us into an experience of the deep if only we are awake. Our practice (whatever the vehicle) is becoming conscious of our relationship with Mystery.
“Mystery is common – it doesn’t go away – we do” ( How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice by Pat Schneider) I loved this book, for I am all about Light. I believe light is pure Mystery, pure Love, pure Divine….as powerful as lightning. A practice can be a vehicle, a structure, from which to take in this light. We cannot contain it in its purity, yet we are drawn to Mystery, invited to greater and greater engagement with it. Authentic engagement with Mystery is not transmittable – it is only to be experienced. We are called to reconnect with that Voice within, to return to the deep, to allow the vast expanse to come to us and be held in the Mystery. As the poet Yeats said, “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.”
My work has been an attempt to assist people in becoming conscious of and deepening their relationship with Mystery. Just as symptoms can be indicators of movement away from Spirit, in contrast, we have experiences of having moved more towards Spirit, such as feeling JOY or LOVE or PEACE. If you can recall a time when you were overcome with such a shot of Light, then you had an encounter with Mystery. Rumi says it well: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you. A joy.” I love to witness people opening to a dynamic relationship with Mystery, to return to the deep, to flow in joy of connection with Mystery. “For the raindrop, joy is entering the river.” -sufi prophet, ghalib.
In celebration of the great Mystery of life, JOY to you!!!
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