The last moon cycle has encompassed a massive burst of creative energy. In a very spring-mimicking sort of way, the energy has been very outwardly expressed in the form of event planning and organizing for Tryon Life Community Farm. With the activating energy of the sun and a new (huge and scary) purchase of a high-powered media computer, the buds in my fingers prang forth and began manically creating event posters and email updates. This was all an excellent opportunity to practice my photoshop skills.
Throughout this process, I found myself becoming very confused about how to proceed with my personal creations. I set aside my physical art practice to focus on maintaining my health through daily yoga and meditation practice as well as allowing time to adjust to the new digital addition to my life. With this new, very powerful tool, I could only do so much with my current skills. I looked into taking a graphic design course at the Independent Publishing Resources Center, a prized place of creation. $100 for the course seemed sadly almost too expensive.
I discovered myself caught in the conundrum of the money poor art activist, yearning to advance and contribute to the great awakening, but struggling just to get by. How could I use my minimal resources to do good and also pay my financial obligation to the community?
I decided to spend a bit of time trusting in the flow of the Universe and gave my whole heart to developing some creative events with fellow goddesses. A successfully organized women’s new moon sauna ceremony brought a sense of renewal to the spirit and hope to the mind. The theme of the ceremony was an exploration of the meaning of spring and the wisdom of its metaphors. The fuel of this enlivening exploration in part inspired a series of other co-creative endeavors with another Cedar Moon resident. The result was a deeper delving into the exploration of spring; its effects on the senses, its expression through the seeking of romance and the innate desire to celebrate in community.
There’s still time to register for this first event, Awakening the Senses!
The second event will be a fun flurry of facilitated flirting. Bring a friend or two!
The art pieces used as backgrounds in these posters are not Liberty originals. Thank you to the mystery artist on google images! The imagery was incredibly inspiring to me.
This final image is special because it’s advertising an event that will take place at TLC Farm on the anniversary of my day of birth. Last year I spent my birthday in a silent retreat in the yurt at TLC Farm. This year, it’ll be a whole festival! How grand 🙂 The background photo on this poster was taken by your truly, compliments to the cherry blossoms at TLC Farm. This festival will be a fine opportunity for community building, celebration and to share the bounty of beauty of the forest with the city folk. Lo will be joining us with some Kaleidoscope Community Yoga!
I am very pleased with the outcome of these bits of art which are just the tip of the iceberg of the larger creation which is the whole event and the weaving of joy and relationships that result from its spark. I anticipate the positive transformation that is intended with these events and will do my best to document the process.
For anyone who wishes to participate in the unfolding of this history, I encourage volunteers for this worthy cause. TLC Farm has worked diligently the last 10 years to develop a culture of presence with nature and reverence for the ecology of our bioregion and I wish to support its latest becoming in whatever ways I can. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information about how to get involved.
In the midst of all of this flowering, I had a rare opportunity to attend a non-violent communication conference near Los Angeles. Although the topic did not directly relate to the above-mentioned work (very much indirectly, though!), the jaunt out of town with my mother was an excellent opportunity to connect with the blossoming of life in other parts of the land. Mom and I encountered an artist in Venice who just sat doodling and selling his doodles for $25. The images were whimsical and left me inspired to try out his strategy back in Portland.
After returning from the trip, my health took a turn for the worse. Not only had my gut been out of whack, but I got food poisoning amid a week of back and forth between petsitting jobs (gotta do what I gotta do to make the cash flow!). With a couple of anxious visits to the doctor (the first time in a few years!) the light had been dimmed with a harsh look at mortality and the need to focus on health. Now, back with my feet on the Cascadian ground and entering a period of lunar eclipses, I wonder… what is next to draw the mind away from the ordinary and into a new perspective?