“Sacred space and sacred time and something joyous to do is all we need. Almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy.
What you have to do,
you do with play.
I think a good way to conceive of sacred space is as a playground. If what you’re doing seems like play, you are in it. But you can’t play with my toys, you have to have your own. Your life should have yielded some.”
A Joseph Campbell Companion
Well this sums it all up. I’ve always wondered about my preference for solo experiences.
My life has yielded phases where I’ve been in the “studio”. Athletics, Art, Dance, Horse, Music ; place and time where I go inward and seal off the external interruptions. As I move through the years I may change the focus but the need for the sacred remains constant.
How do you know if it’s a sacred place?
Like Joseph writes, there has to be play. This one is tricky especially when the “public” is involved. As an artist, I think it’s essential to stay in play mode and not let the outside in when painting. When I look at my best work, it’s when the session has been one of total play. Freedom. These energies are picked up by the viewer and connection is made.
How I love my torch! Fire. Liquid. Alchemy. As I look back at my various “studios” I see there are tools which create the environment. I recently was a guest artist for 4 high school classes. After the Q&A I began the demo. Out came my torch, a griddle, the paints and a panel. In two seconds I created a sacred space. The students gathered around and there was silence. Our little campfire of stories to unfold.
What are your thoughts about sacred space and time?
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Part 2 next week!