Light a Candle

6 x 8 in.
"It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."
– Chinese proverb
The bridge between matter and spirit

Real magic is alchemy but not necessarily turning base metals into gold. Real magic is all about transformation.

This is the best time of year to ponder transformation. During the longest nights, the seeds of new growth lay hidden in the earth. We may not see them but they're there. Regardless of our scientific knowledge, it does take some faith to believe that the light will return with longer days and another spring and summer.

These festivals of light, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, have been carried on, in one way or another, for eons. I can imagine the ancients putting their full attention on finding sources of light at just this time of year. If there's a record of what time of year Prometheus lit that torch from the sun and brought it down to mankind, I would not be surprised if it were right about now.

The full title from which I lifted the above header comes from one of my favorite books by the architectural visionary, Paolo Soleri.

The bridge between matter and spirit is matter becoming spirit.

This week there's a full moon to boot.

The Full (Cold) Moon peaks today, Tuesday, December 17, at 4:28 A.M. EST.

The Winter Solstice occurs on Saturday, December 21st at 12:11 a.m. EST.

Light a candle. Meditate. Say your prayers and... Celebrate!
"The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light."
– Joseph Campbell
"This has been quite a journey! Intense, stimulating, sometimes challenging, but always rewarding.

"Suzanne has helped me understand myself better, accept my limitations, and not be so self-critical. She has showed me how to have fun being creative.

"Suzanne has been very generous with her time, and very supportive and encouraging in all her critiques."

—Rosemary Connolly, Charlottesville, VA
Consider how your light is spent

Life is the First Art

Since I announced my upcoming group coaching program, (starting in late January), I've received a lot of questions as to what it's all about.

The formal description will be announced at the first of the year (unless you're on the waiting list, in which case, you'll receive the description just before year's end.) But, I'll say a few more things about it here.

If you've taken my workshops or studied with me online, you'll know that my teaching is all about solid foundation. Without an underlying systematic structure, most things— buildings, people, creative endeavors, businesses and plant life, for that matter, will fall apart.

In most of my creative endeavors, including program and content creation, I've taken an architectural approach. Behind my poems, lyrics, music, paintings, building, and whatever other projects I've thrown myself into, lurks some architectural sensibility. It's been a life-long through line.

As anyone who's studied with me will tell you, my drawing and watercolor workshops and courses are means to personal transformation. Not everyone wants to draw and watercolor, or is too afraid, or thinks they don't have time, or that they're not good enough.

So, for those who do not opt to work with pencil and brush, (and for former and current students who want to continue on the transformation process in another way), I've designed a different kind of program for transformation.

Life is The First Art takes an architectural approach to building a strong and beautiful foundation for your life. The design will help you clear space in your mind, heart, soul and environment to discern what's really important to you, how you really want to spend your time, eliminate habitual excuses and realize the life that will make you happy. Life is really short. This program will help you create your own foundation now and, in future, when you need it, that foundation will help you stand strong (or get back on your feet again) when you feel as though everything else is falling apart.

My approach to teaching and coaching is systematic, down to earth, intelligent, supportive, encouraging and expansive. The people who sign up for my programs are, in a word, AWESOME. You want to know these people! They're brave and committed and wonderful and kind to one another. I want you to know each other! We do a lot of work and have a lot of laughs.

A good foundation is key to good living, working, playing, building, and any sort of creating. A happy, systematic program, with encouraging guidance and a compassionate support group is a super fun way to rebuild and realign ourselves; to climb out of the straight jacket of old habits and to formulate new disciplines and practice.

Life is the First Art is my new group coaching program launching in late January 2014. If you're on my waiting list, you'll receive advance notice and an invitation. I'm keeping this first group small, so space is very limited!

Put your name on the waiting list now!
Click Here for the course page and sign up!
No obligation, just information and notification.


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joshemari said...

Que seas muy feliz Suzanne estos días y que el 2014 sea también muy hermoso!
Un fuerte abrazo.

Suzanne McDermott said...

Oh, my dear, Josemari! You are such a good correspondent. I send hugs and kisses to you with my warmest wishes for good health, spirits and watercolors in 2014!!! XO