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When Megsie met Sally

One begins to serve others spontaneously, as one’s identity begins to expand. –  Sally

I remember the day I met Sally; it was a barmy Sunday afternoon, a quiet and relaxed atmosphere in the air.

I went to visit a friend to share a meal and as I walked in, I tripped on the beveled floor boards with a thud, hitting my toe and announced “OUCH, I’m post punk darling, I don’t wear my steel caps anymore, like I did back in the 80’s. OUCH, what’s that bloody floor board doing there?”

Sally, a stranger at the time, soon appeared from her room. The moment I saw her time slowed down and I could hear myself telling her a lengthy story about the day I had a mystical experience 12 years before hand” I was like a shadow of myself, removed, watching from a distance; enduring my own voice, timeless, lucid and totally aware of her presence. She was with me in every syllable, calm, entirely present and luminous to some part of me that remained alert. It felt magnificent.

I had no idea what had happened that afternoon and as I drifted into the evening’s reflective contemplation I was left  none the wiser. I did however feel deeply blessed, with a gnawing feeling that I had met a Life teacher. But, as the months passed and I got to know Sally a little better, I realised I had been in the presence of an extraordinary human being, a deeply conscious and compassionate women who has Self realised AND is a beautiful artist.

 

Interview with Sally Adnams Jones

When I do my own work, I love to use images of growth in nature. This helps me externalize the transformation I feel occurring in my soul. – Sally Adnams Jones

Megsie :

Hello Darling! Thank you Sally for taking the time to chat with us at DEEP.

I’m really excited! Your knowledge and deep insight into the arts, as well as spiritual wisdom, is extraordinary and I feel very privileged to have this opportunity. You have quite a fascinating story. So can you give us a short introduction of yourself? I believe you are an arts educator working at the University of Victoria, Canada but are currently dedicated to writing books on this topic – at what point did you realise this was yr path and how did you transition?

Sally:

Thanks for your time Megsie and for your generous introduction. Yes I am an artist, and teach and write about how art and creative practices transform us. I grew up in Africa in a creative family and loved all the arts from a young child. I was also drawn early to spiritual practices including yoga and meditation.

I soon noticed that both creative and meditative practices were transformative. I then went on to study how transformation occurs, and researched particularly how creativity transforms us for my PhD. Some of my art shows this human transformation through biological or ecological visual metaphors.

I have worked in several communities with art therapy , including wood carving with indigenous Canadians, architectural mosaic work in Australia, and mandala work in the tradition of Jungs depth psychology.

My book on art making with refugees and survivors of global traumas comes out in March 2018. This book shares stories about making art with those who have lived through war, genocide, tsunami, climate change, pandemic, gang warfare, poverty etc. It explains exactly how art can heal trauma.

Megsie :

What are you seeking to portray in your work? What is fundamental to your art practice/education – your philosophy and your approach?

Sally:

When I do my own work, I love to use images of growth in nature. This helps me externalize the transformation I feel occurring in my soul. I also do my own visual dream work or spontaneous expression from the subconscious in order to understand myself more deeply.   Read the rest of the interview here..

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Just as the candle cannot burn without fire, man and woman cannot live without spiritual life – Buddha

The four of Cups – like all the Minor Arcana’s gives insight to the details or the more mundane or day to day issues that may arise on our journey of Life. It is a cup card so there is an element of relationship advise or love,; it underpins emotions and/or lessons that we will be undergoing as we walk the path of evolving into our true authentic 4 of cups tarotselves.

As seen in the card, a young person is sitting alone in nature contemplating or being present to a situation in his mind. We see there are four cups; three sitting aside (full of potential) and one is being handed to him. He is so fixated on his thoughts that he is not seeing the opportunities presented to him or opening to unseen or potential alternate outcomes.

This represents a situation or event that is occupying your mind that you are fixed on and not allowing the forces of spirit to be felt or are not seeing beyond the mind chatter.

He is in nature and is alone, so there is an essence of distancing himself from the situation, which is vital, but he has not let go, into spirit.

In love this card often represents a disappointment. A time necessary to move away from a relationship, event or person to allow reflection.  Sometimes it is difficult to find solutions when we are too attached emotionally or mentally to an outcome or to being right or simply accepting the way things are. When we step away we allow a movement of energy to flow through us and we allow space for the mind to rest and to allow spirit to bring us closer to a solution that is of higher benefit to all involved.

four of cups akron tarotThe four of cups is saying take some time away from the relationship to allow your heart mind, to feel it, and also to allow spirit to direct. There is a solution that is for the higher good of all and it will appear to you if you allow some distance from the emotional and mental chatter.

In career or finances, it could be pointing to a time of transition. There is a difficult decision to make and some time is needed. There is a higher destiny or a perfect offer coming your way and you are being asked to open up to it. To let go and to move away to allow an answer and time and spirit to show you the way.

Sometimes in times of transition we are fearful and doubts come in. This card is saying there are offers awaiting, ether not yet appeared or that have not been seen because of the focus on the worry and doubt. The four of cups is asking you to let go a little and to trust, yet to be contemplative and to meditate with spirit.

Spiritually this card can be a time of awakening to a new sense of self, to going through a transition or going back to beginner’s mind to allow growth to occur.  With the four of cups there can often be a cathartic process happening that requires you to do slovee.jpgome extra meditation or stillness practice to help your move through a cycle.

It may be asking you to witness your thoughts and to look into a deeper space within, to see what is being called, or to be closer to your spiritual centre, to assist you with moving to a deeper awakening and integration of a healing or process taking place.

The four of cups  shows us the universe is on our side, but asks us ‘are you connecting with the emptiness and fullness that she offers simultaneously?’. A hard one for the mind to grapple with. So, let go of the mind and allow the rythmn of the universe to flow through you 🙂

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Take a look at an interview with Dr Sally Adnams Jones about transformation and healing through creativity. Hopefully it will soothe your soul.

 

 

 

 

 

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Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely – Albert Einstein

three of wands tarotWands in Tarot are of the minor arcana, they represent fire  – the life force, creativity, spirit. 3’s represent growth, movement and expansion.

Here we see a voyager cloaked in the travel robes standing at the top of a mountain with his back to his past, looking into the distant waters (future).

He has moved from the Two of wands, the stage of intentional focus and activity.  He is now holding on firmly to the third wand. Ready for clear focused action.

We see a bright yellow sky and distant lands. This indicates that he is about to head to a foreign land or to a place he has never explored, somewhere entirely new, full of opportunity.

The 3rd wand is symbolic here, it represents the fire – the will, that is required to move forward. Notice how the two wands of the past are firmly grounded behind him, but not necessary to take with him. He has truly moved from the stage of the two of wands, from the past.

He has reached the top of the mountain and is observing his plans from a larger view. His vision is expansive as he watches the ships come and go (trade, business, movement). He is standing firm and steady which represents the readiness for an adventure into the unknown.

liberation 3 of wandsThis card is infused with a steady sense of liberation. Whatever you have been focusing on is ready for its fruition. It omens success and good fortune, a spring in the step and an energy of confidence in the impending adventures.

This card is often related to travel and new horizons. Yet, one that has the backing of a well established sense of intention and decision making.

In love or relationship, the 3 of wands is a positive affirmation. It symbolises growth and development within the relationship. In an acquiescent and prosperous love relationship a feeling of liberation is ever present. This card signifies a time of expansion within a relationship. It could mean a commitment or a proposition of some kind. A declaration that sets the relationship to higher spiritual level. There is the promise of great happiness in this union.

3 of wands loveIt could literally mean a love formed with someone from a distant land and you are deciding where to go from here. If so it signifies that you will be able to be together. That a decision will be made whereby you will be together.

Alternately, it could be pointing to someone who is unlike anyone you have met previously. Creating feelings or growth that have not been experienced in your prior love relations. Usually a spiritual love. One that gives you the space to expand, express and live deeply in your authenticity. It is a YES card for a love query.

If you have been in or have moved out of an an unhealthy relationship or have been wanting to leave the 3 of Wands is a green light card – It will often omen a person of a different culture – a person who has learned the lessons from unhealthy relationship is here to show you a different way.

In business or projects it often portends success in overseas or foreign trade. It could be referring to a new business, that is foreign to you. But, often it is the go ahead for an opportunity that will arise from a distant land. It is affirming that this will be an opportunity for growth and diversity within your current ambitions.

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Spiritually the 3 of wands wants you to pat yourself on the back. You will or could be experiencing inner pearls that will be expanding your sense of authenticity and will be seeing tangible results. With the 3rd wand held in your hand, you should be able to experience an integrated sense of fulfillment, Almost as though the wand is magic.

It is not, well it is, but it has come about from the work you have put in since the two of wands met you on your path. The 3rd wand is very much a manifestation of the inner work you have undergone. A tool that you have mastered and now can use to help you move through the new life you have created for yourself. You can trust your inner language, your intuition and your self .

Warm blessing

Megan

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As her head arose from the tormented winter agony of coldness, her heart insipid with incalculable equations, the journey began for cleaning in Spring. It was a mildy hot day announcing the turn of season; a prologue to stormy storms and drenching herb gardens.

Her head lifted and the knowing, a catalyst of silent silence. A look of disdain, an unfinished melody crescendoing in death of the incomplete. And it was upon the striking force of the heart hurting that the community advised to withdraw the battle and raise the mind to abundance of love already multiplying from near and far for like of the person herself.
I the soultraveller called upon the channelled welcomes. Angels, spirits dancing around the fire, from river to earth to air and such like. Naked both in body and soul, I clasped the throat chakra with the very hands of my emotional appetite and stepped into the suns rays filling my solar plexus with the beat that the celestial sounds reverberate.
The hermit card came slowly from the deck. Piercing into the belief that the time had come to rest upon the illusion of love as sacrifice for a time unknown.
The rays of gold began to speak upon my mind and I fell into a heap upon the rug in all reality, conscious of the infinite portals of amor. The floors became swept, the bathtub scrubbed, the pool emptied, the garden dug, the dance danced and the energy had shifted to allow the rumbling of renewal. It is only in the space of the acceptance upon the cleanliness that the shadow of disguise was able to be lifted.
I the soultraveller moved bare foot and open spirited into the earth and saluted my distant longing.

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