I haven’t been hibernating – honest – and I haven’t been out of town: I’ve been working happily hard on the Real School of Art, which is demanding a particularly intense kind of focus and dedication.
The school is about 89 videos and worksheets in!!! And it is extremely fulfilling and fun and exciting to be working on – it feels all the more dynamic since I passed the half-way mark… like it’s taking on a life of its own!
Here’s a wee vlog about what I’m up to:
The ART SCHOOL is about to unveil term 5, and you can get access to all the lessons whilst it’s unfolding, by signing up to PATREON for $30 or more per month. DO IT if you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to creative expansion and artistic fulfilment!
Heyee! Here’s a link to my newsletter which was released on the equinox on Monday. Lots of colour and creative expansion – news on the Real School of Art and new paintings… This is a glorious spring – follow the links to PATREON if you want to keep in touch even more often xx Clare
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As an artist, being seen is as important as all the stuff going on behind the scenes; all the creation, expression, organisation, effort, etc have little meaning at the end of the day if a) we aren’t able to get our work out to an audience, or b) our work is totally misinterpreted. As a human being, being seen is equally vital for our well-being. As a woman, really being seen is a rare and controversial subject.
Unlike many folks in the conventional ‘art world’, I do believe that every human being has a unique interpretation of any art work. I definitely don’t believe in art criticism and I feel strongly, particularly in the light of recent experiences being banned from Facebook, that censorship can be a sword used indiscriminately and inappropriately. A specific incident occured this week (A nude photo of myself was taken down from a private group on Facebook), which pressed a button deep, deep inside me. It was a positive button-pressing, because it helped me to look deeply into the energetic dynamic of the thing.
It ultimately is to do with a woman’s body and a woman’s power: her power to expose herself, and to be vulnerable AND TO NOT BE SEEN AS DANGEROUS, OFFENSIVE OR ANY OTHER NEGATIVE CONNOTATION.
When do we ever allow a woman’s body to just BE? To just be what it is; a natural, magical, glorious marvel: an esoteric wonderworld of sensation and wisdom-handed-down-through-the-ages-and-across-galaxies; a whole and happy and innocent beingness, a place of worship in its purest sense, and of the source of all real creation and all real healing for the world.
What do we do, when we prevent women from sharing that magic of wholeness? And when we lump her body by algorhythm into a box labelled ‘offensive’: I am not hurt or angered by this censorship, BUT I AM blocked from expressing the BEAUTY OF MY SOUL VIA THE MOST PURE MANIFESTATION. And my work and intentions ARE categorised as something potentially destructive to social wellbeing – not Facebook’s own wording; theirs was much cruder.
The point of this blog is to highlight this sweeping of woman under the carpet; this not-allowing-her-to-exist, because her voice neither participates in the cold logic of conventional art speak (dominated by rich white men) nor conforms to the polarised, tension-and-energetic-bondage-based expressions of separated sexuality which have been deemed culturally acceptable.
My body is not a weapon; it is a vessel of creative outpouring; on every level, from the physical making-of-things-with-my-hands, to my energy-building dialogues with my community, to my visionary mind which sees the world healed, to my mysterious psychic abilities: it is all integrated, whole, real, now, present. It is pure consciousness, and delicious, quirky, fun human being. It is so very, very far from offensive, and yet it is not allowed to exist in the world, because a part of it – which is not a part, but an integrated beingness (which has, however, been separated and labelled in ‘conventional modern’ thinking – I’m talking about sexuality here, by the way) – has been deemed to be ‘wrong’.
In light of all this, I am showing the same photo that was banned from Facebook, here below, to a wider public audience. It was not intended originally to be shared on a wide platform; it was shared with a group of women who are specifically focussed on healing our cores, our cervixes. We collectively share from the deepest of places and truths, from our nakedness and wholeness, and this image was a key step in an ongoing unfolding which I have been experiencing through this work. It is me in vulnerability and openness; in truth and without fear or any other negative connotation. What kind of a world do we live in, that I have to write letters to CEOs of Facebook, flag up the issue on this private group and get that post taken down too, get banned from Facebook, write an essay like this, JUST TO EXPLAIN THAT THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS NOT MEANT TO BE (i.e. IS NOT) OFFENSIVE?
What kind of a world IS THIS? And what do we all contribute to make it so? For my part, I try not to participate in the perpetuation of all the mythology around sex being a separate ‘thing’ – I feel that this is the root of our being lost; the holy grail if you will, sitting here right now right in our pelvises. There is no separation, and we need to wake up to that, and to understand that all the small diminishments and all the small ignoring of where we’re being made less than we are, or compartmentalised or whatever silliness they are throwing on women/ human bodies today; we need to non-passively face this and rise up to it.
Revisiting my Happy Valentine’s Day blog from a couple of years ago… Look deeply, always – look for the depth, colour and meaning behind everything – there’s tons of it, everywhere!
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So, many folk who know me have seen over the years, my adventures, trials and tribulations, in finding my soulmate. It wasn’t always pretty, but it did always provide much entertainment – if only in hindsight.
I’ve spent at least the past 10 years in especially-concerted-efforts towards bonding on a deep level with a partner who is synchronised with all my uniqueness, passion, colour, flare, determination, intuition, expressiveness and rest of it.
My friends and family have responded in multifarious negative ways to Mission Soulmate; from urging caution and suggesting that I take my time, to retrospective ‘I told you so’s and ‘well, you did rush in rather quickly, didn’t you’.
And if I’d gone along with that; gone slower, shown less passion, taken my time – yeh, great: I’d probably be plodding along now in a super-dull repetitive cycle with some average bloke who… well…at least I could just about tolerate.
However, my all-in approach has proved itself both successful and highly constructive: it has brought me to perpetually deeper spiritual truth, and taken me on multiple adventures which have made life rich and meaningful.
So here are 5 tips on how to find your soulmate – some ideas which might support you finding a soul connection and keeping it alive.
ONE: COME FROM YOUR CORE
You must come from your core; be connected and consciously acting from your centre and your deepest truth: that is what soul is. You must know yourself deeply – particularly, you must have a very clear idea, and be on a clear trajectory with, your life purpose – when you are, there’ll be mutual resonation even from afar, with another person who is on a similarly deep path.
TWO: BE VISIBILE
You must express your core being and beliefs out in the world in some way – make yourself visible. Whether that’s hanging out in places where other soulful folks congregate (i.e. probably not a pub), or if it’s setting up a profile on an appropriate dating website.
The deeper you live, the less pool there is to fish from, as it were. This is a very positive factor, not a limitation! Discernment is vital: that you truly express all that you are and believe, and that you’re able to see if the person you come into contact with is also on that level.
It’s all about opening a channel where you can be seen by your future twin flame – and seen in all your truth, not a caricature or dumbed-down-for-a-bigger-audience-to-digest: remember that you’re looking for ‘The One’, not a whole variety of ‘ones’.
THREE: DO THE WORK
You must get the majority of your shit (i.e. your repeating patterns of familiar discomfort) out of the way – all the stuff which keeps you from moving forward into your ecstasy. These blocks are pretty easy to nail down: they’re the things which come up again and again, and become more pronounced as you age.
It’s not about what isn’t happening, in these dynamics: it’s about what you feel and how it blocks you from what you want to feel.
You can ride blocks like a wave, if you take sufficient conscious time to ruminate and see your life from a slightly-more-objective viewpoint. The more you look with compassion at the places where you’re blocked, the more you can see them as useful stepping stones to reach a place where you actually want to be.
Initially, practise, practise, practise: do test run relationships, learn wherever you can – always seeking connection. It’s as important to know what you don’t want and can’t tolerate, as it is to know what you do want and what brings you joy.
Non-soul-mate relationships also give you something to navigate from; when you’ve been in non-harmonious union with another, it’s even clearer what the difference is when you really do resonate on a soul level.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, nor of talking about them! There are significant social taboos around jumping in deep to relationship, around talking about what you feel, and about being completely open emotionally.
The taboo on them doesn’t make these things wrong – in fact, openness might be the saving of the human race! We can de-mysticise intense relationship dynamics, loosen up collective shame of them, by speaking about them. Thus help to educate each other about the Way to more and more truth, happiness and bliss.
FIVE: MAKE THE SPACE!
You must have space in your life, your home, your work schedule. Unless you want a conventional, absentee 9-5, weighed-down-by-their-work lover, you have to show up yourself in all the freedom and creative abundance that you want to celebrate in coupledom.
SIX: GIVE EVERYTHING!
You must give it everything – if you really want everything, you must act like you both deserve it and show that you can support and nourish it in another human being.
That means never-giving-up; never settling for ‘okay’, never giving in to negative ruts of ‘I’m never going to find him’, or ‘There’s something wrong with me’ – nor of settling into a negative dynamic in a relationship, just because the person is there.
Really, if one is on a soul path, every relationship is the soul mate in that moment: the person with whom to do soul work.
The right person will come to you at the right time, and when it happens, you’ll see how you were resisting it or didn’t have space for it, before.
If you know deep down that you want to fly; to raise energy, to plug into the divine source, to be unbound by conventional or unconventional limitations – get going making the space, doing the inner work, preparing yourself to meet him/ her/ it – it may take years, but it’ll be more than worth the wait!
Last vlog of the year: here’s an update from the Arthouse studio, with a load of new art goodies for you!
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Check out the Real School of Art website: it’s about to launch!!
THE REAL SCHOOL OF ART IS totally UNLIKE ANY OTHER ART SCHOOL! Our approach is all about authenticity, spontaneity, depth of spirit & meaning, and energy! It’s going to bust a ton of myth…
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The Real School of Art is launching in January – here’s the intro series: