The world is in crisis and we are collectively going through ‘a dark night of the soul’. As we become increasingly aware of the many ways that we’ve gone wrong, waves of collective grief and sorrow rise to the surface. Observing our fractured world, we question how it will be possible to build the bridges that can heal the deep divisions all around us. We are realising that it is imperative to learn very different modes of thought and behaviour.Continue reading “Building Bridges”
Having trained as both an artist and an holistic therapist, I have no doubt that colour, form and light have a profound effect on us, that images play a vital part in healing and that beauty is restorative.
Research has shown that our immune systems are boosted by the sense of wonder we may experience at the beauty of nature, spirituality and art. Neural networks in the brain have been shown to respond to harmonic principles. And if we so choose, the process of making art can be a means of devotion. We can connect to a higher consciousness and to healing energies through meditation and creativity.
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.Continue reading “Smoke and Gold”