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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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ebookcovernewBIG EXCITING NEWS

I have written and am publishing

The Art of Modern Spirituality

“Megsie’s art work is stunning and unique, it has a raw vibrancy and naivety that is totally captivating” – Dr Sally Adman-Jones.
Arts Educator and Masters in Yoga

An illustrated book of wisdom embracing classic art, philosophy and contemporary spirituality.

Using classic artist’s works – from Van Gogh and Picasso to Frida Kahlo, along with her own sketchings – Megsie creates a pastiche of wisdom that grapples with the suffering and joys of authenticity and awakening to one’s true self in contemporary life and the yoga path.

Giving life to the surrendering and truth, irrevocable on the path,’The Art of Modern Spirituality’, is a candid yet compassionate and often intelligently comical illustration of the dark and light polarities of the modern spiritual path.

Click here to purchase a copy

All copies will be posted out on Feb 14th worldwide

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A bit of Salvia never hurt anyone!

Salvia

I am harvesting some sage for the full moon ritual:

Botanical name:  Salvia officinalis – Salvia derives from the Latin Salvere (“to feel well and healthy, health, heal)

Some Common names: sage, True sage, Hepherdess’ herb , Mary Shepherdess’ herb, leaves of the Shepherdess, Mary’s herb, herb of Mary and “la hembra” (the female).

Sage, a member of the mint family, is traditionally used in ancient folklore as a  metaphysical medicinal plant, in particular for clearing, psychic tuning and psychic clearing, more commonly for warding off evil spirits.

Also used in divination, tarot card reading and energetic healing as it is known to enhance psychic connection..

It also is commonly used in culinary dishes which is great because in herbal medicine sage is known to help with many different ailments these include:

Symptoms of menopause – hot flushes and night sweats, reducing perspiration ( and oestrogenic principles).

Infections of the mouth and throat such as tonsillitis and gingivitis – its astringent and antiseptic actions provide relief when used as a gargle or mouthwash.

Applied topically sage promotes healing of wounds (antiseptic action)

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) – sage reduces cramps and regulates menstrual cycle and flow.

It is used to treat colds, fevers, liver trouble, epilepsy, memory loss.

In Chinese medicine the root of the species Salvia miltiorrhiza (dan shen) is used mainly for “moving blood” in cases of stagnation.  It is also considered a cooling sedative used to reduce heat in the heart and liver.

Sage is a very good source of Vitamin A, calcium, iron and potassium.

The purple flowers are known to be eaten for the purposes of a psychoactive experience.

As a sacred herb sage is used to make smudge sticks to do house clearing – here is how to do it:

What you will need

  • Stalks of sage dried on the stem
  • Thin hemp cord

Making the smudge sticks:

  • Dry out the sage after harvesting
  • Chop the sage so that you have stalks with leaves approximately five inches long.
  • Create bundles approximately one inch thick.
  • Use the hemp cord to tie a bundle  – circling at least once every inch. Make sure this is tight
  • Burn at the top and let smoulder as you begin your ritual.

Take at look at my interview with Sally talking about YOGA ART

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