Upstream

downloadThis week, I am enjoying Mary Oliver’s new book, Upstream. Sometimes, when the world feels harsh and jagged, the poetry and prose of the great nature writers soothe my soul like nothing else.  For this month’s Sacred Earth Circel and Solstice Meditation, I will use a few selections from Upstream as our jumping off point.  My intention for this circle is to come together to seek softness and calm in the midst of the  many storms going on in the world.

Embracing Ecopsychology

I’m enjoying revisiting the roots of my work that derive from the field of ecopsychology. Ecopsychology offers a Western return to indigenous ways of knowing, blending ancient spiritual wisdom with modern perspectives on healing the psyche. Bless Theodore Rosak for his pioneering work in this field. Also see his book, The Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology (Phanes Press, 2001).

The Mission of Art

Alex Grey, Journey of the Wounded Healer, alexgrey.com
Alex Grey, Journey of the Wounded Healer, alexgrey.com

Alex Gray, The Mission of Art, (1998), p. 200

“The birth of spirit in art is a precious alchemical flowering—a redemptive calling. Shut your ears to the naysayers within and without. Open your inner spiritual ears and eyes. Inwardly ask for spiritual assistance in your task. Watch for arrows of vision that pierce your heart…The art you produce is accomplishing your soul’s task.”

“The artist’s mission is akin to the alchemist’s task. The alchemist’s great work was the transformation of gross material in spiritualized substance…The receptive, contemplative viewer is “charged” and renewed by these repositories of mystic power. The loading of art with such transformative power is the alchemical goal of art, the creation of the magnum opus, the great work.”