At the time of writing, it is winter in the North of England and lately there’s been snow, hail, sleet, frosty mornings and icy winds. I’m glad to be able to light a coal fire sometimes and sit and watch the flames.
There’s a whole process of clearing ashes, chopping kindling wood and fetching coal and this led me to consider a few things about tending the hearth. Recently the chimney-sweep came and I was reminded of my father, who used to be a fireman. He had often attended chimney fires and warned me of the dangers.
In Art and Alignment, I tell of different ways that art, writing and creative activities helped in my recovery from a life-threatening illness. In the section called ‘The Object In Hand’, I describe how I was at home convalescing after a major operation and beginning to regain some energy. I found that sitting in a chair, sewing bits of textiles together, which wasn’t something I would normally have done, was helping me to feel better.
If we clench our fist and then very slowly allow the hand to uncurl and open, resting there for a moment and repeating this a few times, we can feel how the energy changes between these two states.
If we clench our fist and then very slowly allow the hand to uncurl and open, resting there for a moment and repeating this a few times, we can feel how the energy changes between these two states. The tight fist is tense and grasping, needy and defensive, greedy and aggressive.
The open hand is peacefully inviting; it lets go and is able to give, receive and co-operate.
Art and Alignment is concerned with connection and expression. It looks at the importance of strengthening our connection to our higher self and engaging with creativity and imagination. Creative activity, when aligned with higher awareness, can bring the messages of the soul into physical expression and become a powerful force for healing. On the Art and Alignment webpage, there is free access to booklets and videos containing personal stories, which reveal a process of growth and healing through creativity. These accounts give a perspective on personal alignment and the soul journey.