Connect: The Artist’s Way: Recovering a Sense of Compassion
After weeks in which we were to recover strength and possibility it may seem digressing to enter a week in which we are to recover a sense of compassion. We are at a crucial pivot in our spiritual journey and will need this self-compassion to move forward. Please read Cameron’s chapter, linger over her reflection on fear, enthusiasm, and the potential for U-turns. Equip yourself with understanding what this journey entails from unearthing long-buried dreams to blossoming dreams.
After pages and pages of writing about your wounds, the crazymakers, the wetblankets, and all those who sabotaged your dreams…and more pages of playing, imagining, and delighting in your gifts, you no longer need to ignore what flowed from our pens. Remind yourselves of the synchronicities you experienced. This week, after you read Cameron’s chapter, read your Morning Pages.
This is why the week is all about compassion. Arm yourself with the affirmations of your God-given goodness as you read the yuk you spewed on pages. Read with a lens of strength and be reminded of dreams. You are beginning to begin again.
Here is the devotion we shared from John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us:
In out of the way places of the heart,
Where your thought never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plentitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul sense the world awaits you.