Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist
Winter Session: January 7-March 31, 2013
A 12-week online class limited to 25 participants facilitated by spiritual directors and monks in the world Cheryl Macpherson and Stacy Wills
Be. Here. This Moment Now is all there is, don’t go seeking another. Discover the sacred in your artist’s tools, they are the vessels of the altar of your own unfolding. Look at this cup of holy water, washing clean the brushes. See the blank page, awaiting your blessing. Gaze on the colors before you, each one a name of God: Saffron, Cobalt, Azure, Ruby. Say each one slowly and taste its juice in your mouth. Let this be your prayer. Brush them across the page. First the small strokes, then the larger sweeps. Lose track of all time. This too is prayer. Listen for the words that rise up: Awaken. Envision. Sing. Alleluia. Place marks on the page saying I am here. Watch as word and image dance together. Luminous. Illuminated. This is your sacred text. This is where God’s words are spoken, sometimes in whispers, sometimes in shouts. Be there to catch them as they pass over those sacred lips, tumbling so generously into your open arms.
- Would you be nourished by a twelve-week commitment to exploring the place where contemplative practice and creative expression support and nourish each other?
- Are you an artist or writer seeking more grounding for your creativity in ancient spiritual traditions?
- Do you find yourself drawn to contemplative ways of being including silence, solitude, wonder, and presence?
- Do you have a hunger to discover what emerges from being a contemplative artist and a creative monk?