From my deck the lake below shines, glimmers, or simply at times, reflects my mood. It is a perfect location from which to luxuriate in moodling. Isn’t that a great word, “moodling”. I saw it used recently by Julia Cameron in her seminal work, The Artist’s Way. I love that recovery book. I have used it for so many years. Actually, I don’t think that I ever read the book from cover to cover. Her chapter headings are so easy to identify with that it is easy to pick a chapter and not necessarily read it in sequence.
Recently, we have been re reading the book at the “Monday @ Mimi’s,” meeting. In addition to commenting on the events of the past week, the group is used to support the arts, especially the talents that are reluctant to emerge. The left-brain ego driven person has a difficult time both locating the artist within and then letting it come out into the open to play and create at will. Most of us have an artistic talent that began to be stunted somewhere around the 3rd to the 5th grade. We stopped letting ourselves create with the concept of evaluation and criticism and competition set in, mostly in the classroom, but for some of us it was stunted at home as well.
Math and science, even literature were fair game, but the arts are a leisure time activity at best and a waste of time more frequently. In essence we were taught that to engage in a process simply for the joy of the process was frivolous. The outcome was important to each endeavor. The process was to be ignored and diminished in value. Capital value, money, making a living all fell under the category of getting a-head in the world. Art & music were only of minor significance & were to be studied by only the very few who displayed an innate talent.. Below is an example of talent not sufficient to be explored:
Monday @ Mimi’s makes no such distinction. When we gather to explore our talents, we gather first and foremost to explore our resistances to making and creating. When I first joined the group, I was in awe of the fine talents that were being displayed. I felt surely out of place and even asked if it was O.K. for me to be at this grouping since I was not an artist, I simply took pictures. I was hesitant to even call myself a photographer, let alone an artist…In the following months I began to respect the stirrings within me as genuine aspects of the divine spirit in all of us. I began to grow in a direction that my left-brain, science addicted hemisphere, had previously prohibited.
I think that many of us in this group are feeling a readiness to move beyond our private domains. The First Monday of the month, which is the Monday set aside for presentation, has grown to as many as 40 people attending and cheering each other on to do more, produce more and in general to validate that the spirit which channels through us in the process of creating, is the same spirit that created the universe. When I create a meditation, or a watercolor, or a pen & ink, I AM.
I AM. This is such a powerful place from which to grow.
I am looking forward to helping us to create an art cooperative. I have a vision that was set in motion by a member of this group who I have become very close to. When we talk heart to heart, we are aware that we have a very similar need to manifest a cooperative that operates on a daily basis to continue the work and the process that we currently enjoy on Monday’s at Mimi’s house. I am committed to this process project and I hope to find great energy to contribute to this venture. We are at the very beginning of putting this cooperative together and in the same way that our food co-op operates to feed us organically, we hope to grow the art community in this same organic fashion.
our artist way co-op
I look forward to comments and suggestions………..