collage and acrylic on w/c paper, 10 X 11″, Tuesday Muse Group demo

Sometimes the troubles of the world converge and act like a black curtain in the background of all we do. Then it’s time to do some art about it to flush it out, or make a heart connection that strengthens rather than disturbs us.  It’s not hard to come up with examples for the past week, but the Colorado theatre shootings comes immediately to mind.

So yesterday I printed out a copy of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” for each person in the Tuesday Muse Group and played the song for us as well.

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one

The instructions were to make a collage using the words and sentiments of the song.  I don’t usually pick a theme for the Muse group, preferring the leave room for each person to arrive at their own theme for the day.  But the lyrics to this song as so expansive and inclusive in their intent, so healing in their effect, that I thought it would help.  The Muses seemed to resonate immediately with the words and the shared memories of this great song.

There’s often a voice that comes from the art and rings clear in its message. Beyond the lyrics of the song, this message arose for me:

You will have but one allegiance, to the open heart, to open hands holding lightly all the differences, filtering them through the sieve of love.



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