Sunday, June 18, 2017
What a week! I found myself back in the studio revisiting some old ways of working, and my oh my did the gifts flow from that. Here is to hoping this week has gifted you with something of value whether it be tangible or not.
One of the tangible gifts I received this week was the orb you see above. I had to consult with some people to find out the identity of the stone, but our best guess is gold sheen obsidian. The spiritual properties of the stone are quite revealing as to the focus of my journey at this time. Some of those include: healing from the abuse of power, learning to use your own power to manifest more effectively, and scrying that reveals the core of a problem or pattern. Receiving this as I move back into clay work is quite apropos. I have had problems with authority. Yes I know, shocking. Without going too far into the backstory I had an extensive feud with an authority figure when I was in the process of getting my art degree. I had four years of public humiliation and backstabbing by authority. It really put a crimp on my creative output and belief in myself. Subsequently I have had just about every obstacle you could think of come into my path as I have tried to make and sell my artwork. It has been exhausting.
Dreams, I have often remarked, show us what is going on behind the scenes. Sometimes they also hint at the future, but peering behind the scenes I find to be more valuable. That was the intangible gift of this week, one I believe this dark orb helped to unlock. I have been out of academia for more than a decade, but I have hundreds of school dreams each year. I'm back there again and again without a purpose, feeling out of place, and always missing either a physical item or vital piece of information. For you readers of omens out there, you may be starting to see where this is going. Well pardon me if I am sometimes just a wee bit dense. The latest back to school dream finally crystalized it for me.
So I'm back at the university post graduation, but I still have some work to collect that was fired in the kiln. I try to sneak in the studio and the authoritarian adversary is there. As I am trying to carefully extricate pieces off the shelf I accidentally knock one off and it shatters. I am sad because it was one of mine that I thought might be good, but also relieved that I didn't ruin anybody else's work. Upon making the noise Mr. Authority figure looks at me, and says, "You aren't being very amiable to me. You know I am taking on a bigger role in the art community and if you're not nice to me your work won't go anywhere." I look down at my work and I don't like it, I feel it is amateur and not good enough. As soon as I recalled the dream in the morning I had a lightbulb go off over my head. The reason I keep dreaming myself back at school is because I left a big part of my creative power and personal authority there. My consistent doubting of my talents, skill, and worth began in that place. I now know that somewhere in that place a piece of my soul essence and true power was lost.
Here's the good news, I've had shamanic training that's all about reclaiming lost pieces of the self. I have the clarity and vision now to go back and retrieve those lost bits. I've already seen a change in my studio work. When I run into problems I am starting to see the cause and also the solutions. The combination of the obsidian's energy, my decision to return to clay work, and my own spiritual work I've been doing has come together to show me what I need to do. Right at the same time I've been invited to submit work for a juried show. What an astounding coincidence....
Why am I telling you this? We tend to circle around issues until they are resolved. The mind will send us coded messages in our dreams. Many of us don't pay heed to our dreams or even remember them. This was not a comfortable dream. None of my school dreams feel good, they've always felt off. I just assumed it was a general anxiety that most of us carry over from our days as students. What if it isn't that for anyone? What if we all left vital pieces of ourselves in the educational institutions. What if the more we dream of school (assuming we aren't currently students) the more of ourselves we have left behind. These dreams could be dark gifts from our lost ones. I know what I intend. I shall ride the wind into the dream world and mount a daring rescue. I shall return with the prize of the light of my spirit. What will you do? Will you seek to remember what you have lost and sing it back to you? Will you chose to forget and resign it to the dark space between dreams? The darkness waits for us all, but perhaps it is waiting patiently as it lovingly holds what we treasure.
Peace and Blessings,