World Behind the World
As many of you know, I was trained as an artist but pursued a long career as an AMI Montessori primary and elementary teacher and teacher trainer. My main focus was incorporating the arts and the academic subjects with peace education. But in 2011 I heard a call to become an artist and haven’t looked back. I not only enjoy painting and journalling my own conversations with the natural world but I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with others in this process. At 65 I still find that there is so much wonder to uncover! This approach to art that is called Intentional Creativity© makes me feel optimistic at times that otherwise might seem hopeless.
This work has also shown me that each of us can take an active role in our own healing. Opening up communication with yourself through Intentional Creativity© can broaden your awareness, encourage more questions, and lead to personal discoveries, that can in turn, facilitate wellness.
The following quote from Robert Moss, active dreaming teacher and author expresses how valuable this kind of work is to me. I like what he says about “growing the poetic consciousness”
“Living by synchronicity isn’t merely about getting messages. It is about growing the poetic consciousness that allows us to taste and touch what rhymes and resonates in the world we inhabit, and how the world-behind-the-world reveals itself by fluttering the veils of our consensual reality.”
WHAT IS THIS WORLD BEHIND THE WORLD? Good question! What is it for you? Does it take a moment of reflection or is it a life time pursuit? Or somewhere in between? How do you begin to answer this question? My motto is “Let your images and words guide you”. The natural beauty of Florida will also help you if you get out and see it. I recommend walking the trails at CREW and the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. But...just like a walk in the natural world can have its' challenges, so can
Intentional Creativity©. There is a warning with this kind of work because you might struggle or meet with some discomfort. I know I did, but I have found the struggle to be worthwhile.
I am continuing Café with the Muse, a free offering on Wednesdays from 11:00- noon but I am moving it from the garden to the studio space at Paradise Wellness Center for the summer and fall. Next winter we will return to the garden.
Thank you to all who have taken my classes or come to the garden for Café with the Muse! This season has been memorable!
For those of you who have journeyed back north, enjoy the summer and I hope to see you again in the fall! For those of you who have stayed…Come on down to Paradise Wellness and Event Center and check us out!