How do you share a sacred experience without running the risk of bastardizing it? Describing my recent experience for a commissioned painting with cremains (cremated human remains) feels a lot like trying to describe a dream. For the dreamer, the dream is ALIVE. But when the morning comes, the very act of verbalizing the dream makes it seem flatter, limited in depth and scope to the listener. It is my sincere hope that this is not the case.
Here's what finally tipped the scales for me in deciding to share the following except between my client & me: There's so much senseless noise on social media. If we want to create change to what's being shared, we must be that change.
"Today's painting session was insane/sane!! I stepped out of the way completely. I invited E to paint the picture. (I've been doing this from the beginning, but today I felt it more than ever.) What I most want to convey to you is that it was not me painting the picture & the results are phenomenal!! Honesty, I can't stop staring at it. It's far beyond anything me & my limited ego could come up with all by myself. I believe this is the true sense of being IN-SPIRIT. I just wanted you to know that & thank you for this incredible opportunity. It's such a selfless, compassionate act from you both."
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.