Sacred Tools and Sacred Space

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Blog, Visual Prayers

I love the website of Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE

She offers an online course called “Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist”.  Someday I will participate more than just reading her blog.  Recenty she was talking about this class and included this excerpt from her book, “The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom”:

Be. Here. This Moment Now is all there is, don’t go seeking another. Discover the sacred in your artist’s tools, they are the vessels of the altar of your own unfolding. Look at this cup of holy water, washing clean the brushes. See the blank page, awaiting your blessing. Gaze on the colors before you, each one a name of God: Saffron, Cobalt, Azure, Ruby. Say each one slowly and taste its juice in your mouth. Let this be your prayer. Brush them across the page. First the small strokes, then the larger sweeps. Lose track of all time. This too is prayer. Listen for the words that rise up: Awaken. Envision. Sing. Alleluia. Place marks on the page saying I am here. Watch as word and image dance together. Luminous. Illuminated. This is your sacred text. This is where God’s words are spoken, sometimes in whispers, sometimes in shouts. Be there to catch them as they pass over those sacred lips, tumbling so generously into your open arms.