The Great Leap of Faith © Jane Evershed
The fates lead him who will; him who won’t, they drag.
First, my deepest thanks to all who have posted, emailed and called with your condolences. I can’t begin to tell you how much your support and love have meant to me. I am truly a blessed woman.
There is so much to learn when a dear friend, ten years younger than oneself, is suddenly gone. A life, that has been, like all of us, an experimental work in progress, is now static. No do-overs, painting out, re-shaping, unraveling and re-weaving. No excuses. This journey is ended.
Stories are shared, polished and embellished by memory and fondness. The seeds that have been planted grow, spread, re-seed. Love is not lost. It is given again and again. The legacy, the knowledge, the art that is shared touches lives and continues to ripple outward forever.
Life itself is our greatest art, and as we do this work together here, to recover our artist self, we expand our ability to create our Great Work with ever more intention, beauty and skill.
So I feel that, even in my time-out from blogging about The Artist’s Way, I have been doing some of the biggest shifting and healing and becoming aware in my deep, Creator self. I hope that during this brief break (in a less painful way, of course!) you, too, have been sensing deep movement and your own creative roots spreading out in new, fertile, nurturing ways.
“Art,” Julia writes, “is an act of tuning in and dropping down the well. It is as though all the stories, painting, music, performances in the world live just under the surface of our normal consciousness. Like an underground river, they flow through us as a stream of ideas that we can tap down into. As artists, we drop down the well into the stream. We hear what’s down there and we act on it—more like taking dictation than anything fancy having to do with art.”
I absolutely agree with this, and so does Caitlin Matthews, as you can see! It is my own experience, and I’ll bet it’s yours, too. I believe that we are always being called by our destiny, by our Muses and Daimons, by the Great Artist and Creator Herself. Shaping the patterns of our daily rounds so that we can actually hear, receive and act on behalf of this calling is the trick.
I use the term, “trick,” because more often than not, these inspirations will sooner or later require a spectacular, circus-worthy leap of faith. But like professional acrobats, we start small and build our skills and confidence. Julia explains, “We can practice these small leaps of faith daily in our pages and on our artist dates. We can learn not only to listen but also to hear with increasing accuracy that inspired, intuitive voice that says, ‘Do this, try this, say this…’”
In fact, we have been working all this time to get to the place where we can truly discern the Voice of guidance that helps us. More tomorrow!