Shifts In Sanctuary

I know I have written somewhere along here about the Initiate Program…but I am not sure if I wrote clearly about how the Initiate Program morphed into the Sanctuary Project…

You can read more about the origins of Sanctuary here…as well as finding out more about Sanctuary itself by reading here

I have the first module of Sanctuary all written up, thanks to my friend Tracy...but after taking Sheri Ponzi’s Trust The Magic course (I seriously cannot recommend Sheri enough for any reason…really…) I have been having a series of shifts, especially where my work is concerned…

I have this ritual as a part of Sanctuary called, the Invocation of Self...I actually did this ritual myself, for myself, long before it dawned on me that it should be a part of Sanctuary…lucky me, I did think after I did it that somewhere along the line, a ritual Invocation of Self would be a good thing to teach people…so I had scant notes scribbled on the back of a to do list…which is where most of my work actually begins…on bits of scraps and cast of pieces of paper that are just lying around…

I happen to love this ritual…but, as my friend and mentor can tell you, I have been called to teach using art…and I have been fighting this calling ever since I first heard it…my original ‘complaint’ was who am I to teach art…I haven’t been taking classes that long…I quit drawing eons ago…and when I was sketching along with the Soul Food Cafe work I was doing, it was juvenile and flat…who am I to teach art…when I am still learning…

To which My Dear Work continues to reply: Who are you NOT to teach using Art?

It took the creation of this ritual for me to look at teaching others to use art in their process before one thing clicked for me…and that is the space from which I wrote the original version of the ritual.

I have been doing more work around Sanctuary…about what I am supposed to be teaching and how I am supposed to be teaching…and I have stopped fighting…as I said I would be in this post…because fighting only makes things harder and makes things worse…so I stopped and I asked what needed to happen, which way I needed to go…and every single response had to do with art…but it wasn’t what I was expecting…

It is not my job to teach you how to draw a pretty whimsical face…it is not my job to teach you to draw realistically—which is a good thing because I can’t do it myself and I am not concerned with learning how either…maybe I might throw in some things about a primitive face…but a lot of the “technique” part of the art that I will be teaching will be—hey, just play with it. This statement, play with it, is what my mother always told me whenever I asked how to do anything (bake bread, knit, sew, crochet, you name it…) and it ALWAYS pissed me off so badly…just tell me what to do and how to do it, come on…and yet, any time my kids ask…well, after a certain age, because just play with it to a two-year-old can get REALLY dangerous if you aren’t careful…lol…but when my oldest two, especially my daughter (the oldest—especially since we homeschool) asks me how to do something, I may give them the basics, but my two answers are: look it up and play with it…and my daughter, bless her heart, gets SO pissed off at me for that…

However, looking at things in hind-sight, it is the best and most effective advice I have ever been given…when I had trouble, I could ask for clarification…but I really had to be screwed up somewhere badly to get more than a keep playing with it, you’ll get it…but overall, I am grateful for this advice…because I learned more, I invested more, and it all meant something more to me and it all stuck in my head that much more clearly…because I had to learn to do things myself instead of someone doing things for me…I learned faster…even if some of the time I learned the hard way…learning the hard way made learning to do it better/faster/easier was that much more satisfying—and I am less upset when things go wrong, because I know if I keep playing with it things will work out…

How does that apply to Sanctuary? (Yeah, I digress…a lot…lol…but I do usually come back around to point…)

It finally dawned on me that I am not teaching techniques…I will be teaching what I teach and letting the art work itself … the art is a part of the process…not a process in and of itself…

That I can work with…and because of this revelation…I have some re-writing and re-thinking to do…some of those ideas that bubbled up that I let pop and sink may need some resurrecting now that I have this understanding…

New things, they are a’brewin’…
Stay tuned…