Creativity as a path to inner stillness is, in my opinion, so much easier for most Westerners and therefore more beneficial than struggling with traditional systems of sitting meditation. I personally developed a meditation practice linked to the Creative Introspection process that I have practiced for decades. Sharing it with others is some of the most rewarding work I do. My Creative Meditation practice revolves around two of my favorite contemplative activities; hand stitched altered cloth and focused brushwork.
Hand Stitched Altered Cloth: This is primarily for those that love the simple process of a needle pulling thread. Random, free-form stitching requires dropping any attachment to how the piece turns out. It is about losing oneself in the act of a needle pulling thread. This differs only slightly from the slow stitch movement that has become quite popular. The primary difference is that this work is is done on altered cloth that is created by the stitcher themselves. This foundational aspect is vital to the process on a psycho-spiritual level.
Painting: The simplicity of black media on white paper. Ink or black watercolor is used to render stacked stones, bits of nature, draped fabric, abstracts and simple, everyday objects. Keeping the work minimal and focused opens the informative nature of creative energy. With regular practice our intuition increases as does the expansion of our awareness. We become deeply connected to ourselves in a way that nurtures and heals us on many levels. Before long we find more and more synchronicity filling our lives and ordering our experiences.
Workshops are offered in my Schulenburg, Texas studio. I am also available to teach Creative Meditation for area organizations or guilds that wish to host them.
Imagination is a powerful tool for intuitive development. Creativity engages the imagination. An introspective foundation directsthis heightened awareness toward the answers we seek. Here are a couple of the paintings and a few textile pieces that came directly out of my imagination as I worked....without planning!
Allowing the imagination to flow is at the heart of the Gallerie Interiorem (inner gallery) series featured predominately on this website. However, I offer this glimpse into my paintings or textile works to show that whatever media or expression you are drawn to work with can serve as an imaginative outlet. The key is to plan very loosely if at all. Not planning allows me to be completlypresent in the moment and therefore super responsiveto intuitive direction! This exercises and expands our intuition so that it becomes available in our everyday experience.
My writing, which I direct toward personal understanding, comes in so spontaneously and flows so quickly that I can hardly keep up with the physical act of writing the words down. It is more a process of taking dictation and being amazed as I read what pours onto the page. of this work is featured on my blog.
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