12 August 2017

Sacred Space, Saturday Musings: Finding Joyous Things To Do

Sacred Space

A sacred space is a place where I can find myself again and again.

Joseph Campbell says you don't have a sacred space, a rescue land, until you find somewhere to be that's not a wasteland, someplace where there is a joy that comes from inside, not something external that puts joy into you. A place that let's you experience your own will and your own intention and your own wish so that, the Kingdom is there.

Campbell thought everyone needs such a place, whether they know it or not or accept it. I went to my sacred space today, it is a private place, I am not able to share it, there is something sacred about it and to photograph it would be a blasphemy. I believe as I share my life so openly that I need one place that is mine alone.

It is fashionable in our culture to bemoan getting older as a time of loss, generation and disorientation. Aging men and women in particular love the old days, when the world was perfect, children were polite and worshipful,  there was no cable news, the center was bigger than the left or the right, health care was rarely mentioned,  and life was secure and dependable.

Nostalgia is our own personal sinkhole, we can slip into it without even thinking.

Every person who gets older faces an inevitable personal odyssey as they tire and so many of the bad genes simply die off.

Is aging a loss, or is it just possibly a radically new, fulfilling and joyful time marked in love and generosity,  the blossoming of life. In my sacred space. That is how I feel it, that is how I see it.  When I was young, I had no idea who I was and where I was going. Now I know who I am and am only too aware of where I am going.

In part, I realized in my sacred space, the older man is a kind of receptacle, people can cleanse and heal themselves by bring me their anger and confusion. That is perhaps one of the gifts of our new technology.

Sacred space, says Campbell, and sacred time and something joyous to do, are things we all need, I think.  Older people play with life experiences and realizations or with thoughts that they like to entertain, sometimes secretly.

The great thing about growing old is that nothing is going to lead to anything, everything is of the moment.

In my sacred space, I was trying to decide if I will resume my writing class in September, there is so much going on in my life now. I am drawn towards doing it, this class has been with me for more than three years, they are like family now, and they are doing wonderful work.

When writing, I told them last year, don't criticize the words or thoughts coming out. Just let them come. Let go of the critical voice in your head. Don't worry about making money, or wasting time, or if you are any good? I tell them this ever year, and once in a while, they listen.

The creative adventure is always reckless.

Earlier, I posted a photo of a new frog "Conductor" tile Maria bought me Saturday. Peggy Ormasen sent me this message:

"If Frog is your Animal Totem;
You are a great listener and advice giver. You know how to relate to others and always know exactly what to say. You have genuine empathy towards others and always do your best to provide healing for those around you by allowing them to release old negative energy onto you in order to help them cleanse and renew their lives. Often travelers use this totem to give them a little reassurance while traveling."

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The Army Of Good Tour: Next Spring

The Conductor

Maria bought this green tile, it's called the "conductor," and we saw it at an art show, and I will hang it in my office.

Maria and I had an idea this morning, we are very excited about it. In the Spring of 2018, we plan to rent a small van, and Maria, me and Gus will head out on a month-long trek into the American heartland to meet some of the members of the Army Of Good.

We haven't gotten into the details yet, but how wonderful it would be to meet some of the good people who have brightened so many different lives in so many different ways. People ask me about them all the time – they are in every state in the Union and some foreign countries.

I always have to say I don't really know most of them, haven't talked to them, met them, or know a thing about them. How nice to travel West and stop and meet some of these people in there home towns, we would write about it every day on our blogs.

We are thinking of calling it the "Army Of Good Tour."  The rental vans are comfortable and have Internet connections, we can blog as we do. Gus seems like the right dog to take, he is small enough to be okay in a small van (it would drive the border collies mad). We have a new person in our lives, Mandi Mulready, she works at the Mansion and is going to pet sit for us when we go to New Mexico.

She is loving and conscientious and is delighted at the idea of staying at the farm while we travel. Seeing Mandi with the Mansion patients, I don't  have to worry about our dogs.

We are fortunate to have found her, she already knows Red and Gus and will take great care of them. I have no problem with Kennels, but I do think dogs are less stressed at home. How great to travel the country, meet these angels face to face, and deepen the ties to our community. Over the next few months, we'll pick some people to visit and plan a route.

I think heading through the midwest, and then into Minneapolis and out to California makes sense. Maybe get to California, and then turn around.

The Army Of Good has become a powerful and cohesive community that has done a staggering amount of good. Meeting one another seems the logical  evolution of this idea.

More later, this is one of our better ideas.

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For Robin

On The Way To Brooklyn

I saw this dress at an artisan's collective in town this morning, I thought it had to go to Robin in Brooklyn, a sunny dress to match a sunny disposition. Buying stuff for a grandchild in Brooklyn is not simple, they have lots of good stuff there. But artists can always come up with classy ideas, no matter where they are.

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