What everyone forgets is that passion is not merely a heightened sensual fusion but a way of life which produces, as in mystics, an ecstatic awareness of the whole of life. – Anais Nin
This quote begins the journal I am keeping now, begun on Easter morning of this year, the 4th of April. I am a Moleskin devotee, and believer in ‘morning pages’, the brilliant concept of Julia Cameron in her amazing book, The Artist’s Way. Write three pages, by hand, first thing upon waking, every day, she suggests. It mines the creative space between waking and sleeping. If an artist does nothing else but this, I genuinely believe that the connection will be made to one’s creative spirit. It opened up my world. What surprised me was how close creative energy was to God energy – that creative energy was just that, from the great Creator. Living, surrounded by the lush natural island jungle of Edisto brings that home to me in a way that is vivid.
As Caroline Myss writes in the forward of All Will Be Well, (30 days with a Great Spiritual Teacher Series) a book of prayers by Julian of Norwich, 1342-1423, a medieval mystic and spiritual writer, “A mystical renaissance is at work in our world. Like a subtle field of grace that surrounds our world, individuals everywhere are exploring the seductive invitation to develop a joyful and intimate relationship with God.”
Who better to bridge that gap than Anais Nin?