We all need inspiration and encouragement -
AN IMAGE TO GAZE UPON; A DAILY MEANS TO DISCOVER WHERE GOD IS CALLING; THE SOUND OF a PERSON'S VOICE HELPING US CONNECT OUR STORY WITH GOD'S STORY. HERE ARE SUPPLIES FOR THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY - CRAFTED WITH INTENTION, SKILL AND PRAYER - just click on the heading.
This is an art form Debra developed years ago on a personal retreat. It has become a staple of workshops and retreats we conduct. Journey Cards are miniature artwork and a commemoration of a moment of insight. Artwork may contain stamped images, hand-painting, metal and glass findings, and natural materials such as lichens. Mounted on reclaimed wood with twig peg stand (simply insert supplied peg in pre-drilled hole). Each Journey Card is unique!
Journals come in different flavors...we provide ,and use, general everyday journals for daily writing. We also make journals for a season's exploration like a Lenten pilgrimage or an Advent journey. Sometimes a journal is a useful tool for discernment - a way of talking to God and to yourself until clarity comes. There's something about beauty and truth being resident in one place...so write your heart out, paint your vision, paste inspiring bits on the page and patterns will begin to emerge. Stop, look and listen to them. As the psalmist says "deep calls to deep."
Meditation calms the mind and readies the soul...and guided meditations are like taking a journey led by one who has traveled this way before. She can point your attention to inner landmarks and vistas you might not discover on your own. When the guide has not only good words but a good voice, a guided meditation can carry you like a river. Why simply stand on the bank longing to travel that water that flows to "the throne of God?" Useful insights and the knowledge that God is with you, no matter what, are just around the next bend. FInd a comfortable posture, still your body, breathe deeply...and then, listen...
Everything points beyond itself...we're especially conscious of this in the Eucharist when Bread and Wine bring the Real Presence of Christ to the forefront but Christians have a rich symbolic vocabulary that has been carved into furniture, woven into cloth and painted on walls and manuscripts for centuries. ...when we turn back to see what [Genesis] says about the original upon which the "image" of God was modeled, we find only the single assertion, "God created." The characteristic common to God and man is apparently that: the desire and ability to make things (Dorothy Sayer, The Mind of the Maker)."
This section of the supplies page includes everything from jewelry to furniture fashioned from a wide variety of materials. The unifying thread is the intent that each be a pointer to the divine, a means of looking beyond the surface to seek the Spirit that is seeking us.