About this Course
The acorn as a metaphor for possibility is well-known and beloved. The tiny, humble, token holding within it the potential for deep roots, broad reaching branches, and solid dense wood that is useful long after the oak has died. It’s dense grain a preferred choice for furniture, logs that burn long, hot and slow in a wood stove. The possibilities that lie unborn in that acorn reach well beyond the life of a majestic tree.
What on earth does this feel-good metaphor have to do with the creative soul? You mean besides the obvious - plant it. Wait. Watch it grow big and strong. But who has that kind of patience? The nature of the creative soul is to create anew over and over as fast as the inspiration can flow in and artists are not well known for their patience. Mostly.
So here you stand in life - seeking to honor your creative inklings and simultaneously feeling a bit like there’s no time to waste. No time to wait for acorns to finally live up to their potential. No time to figure out what the life force actually is in that acorn that makes it so big and mighty in time. You need to see proof of your efforts, like, now! And yet in that very path of impatience lies the answers. You’re busy running down the path, sprinting to get to the end because there is SURE to be something amazing there. You’re so focused on the end - the end that you’re only guessing about anyway - that you miss the benches your life built you along the way that offer you a view of the beautiful scenery. What if in the very rush to the finish line you arrive ahead of the time needed for the gift to arrive? The gift of feeling at home in your creativity. What if...you have to bring it with you. What if all the pieces you need to put it together are tucked in the slats of the benches you forgot to rest on and you didn’t collect what you needed to pull that whole, grand vision together?
Take heart in knowing that you don’t have to backtrack. You can. But you don’t have to. You can notice the bench right there in front of you and take a seat. You notice a placard on the seat. It says “gratitude” and in that instant you realize what the life force is that turns your tiny acorn heart into the mighty oak. It is not merely vacant potential. It is potential with presence. Potential fueled by gratitude.
Gratitude is a generous girl. She’ll give and give and give even when you don’t notice. She’ll stretch her arms the full length of your path not leaving even the tiniest break in her reach. She’ll leave you presents even when you don’t notice them.
And here is where you sit. Squarely in gratitude. You’ll keep that piece with you now that you’ve taken the time to notice it. Take note of what she’s showing you right now. What do you have to be grateful for? And know that there are only two wrong answers - two answers that ensure you’ll miss the point - and they are “nothing” and “this, but...”.
So, give yourself this: Gratitude.
The gift of presence. Of seeing what is powerful and good and sweet in your life. Of seeing what has steeled your resolve and what has softened your capacity for compassion. Creative juice flows freely in the veins thinned and enriched by the daily practice of gratitude. Paying attention is the first step but writing it down transmutes the mere awareness into tangible evidence that you can draw on for strength and reassurance when cold winds of self doubt blow in.
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You will need:
- Ballons (2)
- Plaster Gauze - 4” wide (Available here or at art and craft supply stores)
- Plaster and paris powder
- Plastic mixing container
- Plastic or metal mixing school
- Shallow, wide container for water
- Acrylic paint in your choice of colors (I used titanium white and raw umber)
- Scrap fabric such as canvas or duck cloth
- Short, flat stick
- Large head nail or tack
- Gel Medium
- Plastic to protect table
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