Has it been a whole week since I posted? Too much other stuff has gotten in the way.
But I can say that I have been consulting with my guides!
This part is very personal for me, and I know my practice is not for everyone, but here goes:
My spiritual path has been a quite circuitous one of exploration of lots of different ideas: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation, and Unitarian Universalism.
I have always wanted (and needed) a spiritual support group, and I have been lucky enough here in Princeton to be a member of a very supportive and active congregation in the Unitarian Church. I lead a creative journaling group there, and participate in art shows, have workshops, women's groups, etc.
But my main support, coaching, wisdom, connection to the mystery that is this life has been my private path of Shamanism.
On my website there is a long explanation, so I won't go into it here, but I have to say that the spiritual guidance I get through this practise is why I can make my art and stay sane.
I know connection with Nature Spirits through repetitive drumming is not everyone's way of being in the mystery, but it sure has been mine.
In fact, my art now is done in support of my Shamanic practice, and not the other way around.
Good movies, novels, poems, other inspiring artists also speak to me, but the real information and support comes from this practice of consulting my Spirit Teachers and asking them direct questions, and YES - getting answers.
Human support is also essential and an integral part of connection, and I have some great friends and family who stick by me.
But the true inner voice of the Shamanic teachers I work with are the reason I am here, doing this art.
Read more here if you care to:
"Truth resides in every human heart, and one has to search for it there, and to be guided by truth as one sees it. But no one has a right to coerce others to act according to his own view of the truth." --Mahatma Gandhi