Art is a spiritual path—not a religion, but a practice that helps us knit together the ideals and convictions that guide our lives. Creating art can be prayer, ritual, and remembrance of the Divine. And the sharing of this creativity with others in small groups can serve as sanctuary, asylum, ashram, therapy group, think tank, and village square. Pat Allen has developed a reliable guide for walking the path of art through a series of simple practices that combine drawing, painting, and sculpture with journal writing. Designed for readers at any level of artistic experience, the book shows how to:
• awaken the creative force and connect with the divine source of creativity • access inner wisdom and intuition about life issues, including both personal and community concerns • find a path to meaning that includes honoring, celebrating, and giving thanks • explore the images and symbols of traditions such as Catholicism, Judaism, shamanism, and Goddess worship • join in spiritual community with others who are following the path of art • discover that artmaking can help us live our ideals and be of service in the world
Detailed examples from the author's own practice of art, plus the stories and images of several other people, are presented to illustrate how art becomes a spiritual path in action. At the author's virtual studio, www.patballen.com, readers can post their images and writings, communicate with the author, and subscribe to an electronic newsletter. The site also contains an archive of the images in this book in full color.
Pat B. Allen
Allen, Pat B., Ph.D.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I TOTALLY DISAGREE with the review above. Glad I didn't read it until now. There is another point of view! My muse LOVES this book. I enjoy facilitating art days for women and children and this book gave me a whole new way to go about it. I've worked with mandalas and soul collage and I've written about the work before, but I love this "conversing" with the piece and the "no comment" rule. I can't wait to try it in community. And my Muse seems to appreciate this book...I am in the process of being bombarded with images to work on. It's opened my mind, my heart, and my spirit. Thank you Pat Allen!
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