Issue No. 3
“A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.”
In this Issue…
In this week’s Member Zine, we are exploring our collective and individual dreaming, and reflecting on the invitation from last week’s Museum show to Dream a nü Dream. This is our final week of exploring IDENTITY in which we invite you to consider how your dreams contribute to the shaping of your identity.
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“The Sacred” painting by Musea Member Tanya Meyer
I Come From the Hands of Creativity
by Jessica Richmond
Last week’s exhibit, Dream A Nu Dream, deeply affected me and has had me thinking about the nature of dreams. I’ve always thought of my ancestors as quintessentially skilled and talented but it hadn’t really ever dawned on me how much of a dreamer you have to be to be a farmer, to be able to live off the land. I understood it as an act born out of a need for survival, an integral part of it to be sure, but it also requires a great deal of dreaming as well as the ability to have faith in your dreams. A dream that needs to be planned for and organized with great depth, tended to hardily with infinite care, and patience for delayed gratification in the hopes that the fruits of your labor will come into being, while knowing that a thousand tiny or one gigantic thing could go wrong that could prevent the harvests from ever coming in.
“I have great faith in a seed.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“Creatrix” painting by Musea Member Maasa Craig
The poem below was written during my Red Thread Guide Training. Part of the deeply personal work that has been emerging for me the past few years through the path of Intentional Creativity has been around ancestral healing. My ancestors were farmers, folk artists and musicians, and folk healers from deep in the Appalachian Mountain Range of Kentucky. While they would have never conceived of a name for it, they did it all with Intentional Creativity. They passed their skills along for many generations…as near back as my grandmother. However, she was too ill to continue these traditions so they became almost lost with my mother and I’m just now slowly beginning to reconnect with them.
I come from ancient mountains with floors of vast shades of green supported by
rich nutritious soil.
I come from deep, mystery-keeping forests teaming with abundant animal, plant, and herb life.
I come from strong, self-reliant, and tenacious people who knew how to live in right relationship with the earth.
Talented artisans who could make with their own hands the homes they lived in, the clothes they wore, the food they ate and the pottery they ate it with, the furniture they rested in, and the quilts that kept them warm at night.
I come from people who would not understand the meaning of a “farm to table” meal as that was every meal they ate…the focus of each day. Who would be confused by titles such as “self-sustaining” and “friendly farms” as that was their way of life.
“What other kind of farm could there be?” they would have asked.
I come from people who would not have thought of themselves as artists but who relied on their imaginations and creativity for their daily survival, who respected the Earth for her own bountiful creativity, and who passed their knowledge generously through many generations.
Hands teaching hands, hands touching hands, hands giving to hands, and hands receiving from hands…all with great care, love, and gratitude.
I’ve realized that, for me, this is what it is to seed a dream. To invest your whole heart into your choices without any certainty that your dream will become a reality. And I think all the ways in which we create every day as an artists’ community here at Musea involve a parallel process of the seeding of dreams. From, will I like the painting I’m spending so much time creating when I don’t know what the outcome will be, to let’s create a Womens’ Museum on a wing and a prayer without any guarantees of what the turn out will be. The only grace we have with the process is the simple faith that the seeds we plant today hold the future potential of our heart’s desires. Just as Shiloh Sophia often teaches us – “Daring to Dream the Seemingly Impossible Dream”. And perhaps some of the ancient dreams of our ancestors, even the earth herself, still living within us can help us dream our new dreams as well.
This is a part of our collective identity here at Musea, something we claim and are proud of. We, are DREAMERS.
I hope that those of you who didn’t get a chance to view the Dream a nü Dream museum show, will consider visiting it today, allowing room for your own new, wild, artistic, beautiful dreams to be inspired!
Museum Show Graphic Recording by Member Cindy Jacobs
Living in Response to Dreaming
A snapshot from last week’s live Museum Show
Last week Musea Intentional Creativity Museum had the great pleasure of hosting the Dream a nü Dream Museum Show with Laüra Hollick and photographer Kevin Thom – partners in creativity and life who make magnificent, intentional photographic artifacts of Laura artistically and colorfully intertwined with the natural world. Laüra and Kevin showed up for a live interview, which was hosted by Curator Shiloh Sophia and Jonathan McCloud, focused on the process of creative discovery, how Laüra comes up with the ideas and inspirations for her ‘scenes’, and the dedicated and often challenging process of putting their creative sets together, working as a couple, and the powerful devotion it takes to bring these dreams into reality.
So many of our Musea Members showed up to this experience, offering their supportive comments, reflections, smiles, and nods of appreciation and witness. There was something so special about this experience – the way that Laüra and Kevin’s intentional curation of their exhibit truly was an invitation for all who were present to Dream a nu Dream… It is enticing. It is full of possibility. It is a generous canvas for the imagination!
As a community we have been exploring the topic of IDENTITY in relationship to our overarching theme of We Are All Related. When considering your Identity, there are facets that may arise in your awareness. Your Identity may be constituted by many things, some that feel more predominant or more defining than others. Perhaps you Identify as an Artist, a Mother, or a Healer as your overarching identity (that which you are most passionate about, and committed to). And then there are the subtler hues of your identity, like sex, gender, culture, vocation, etc. Looking at the reflections from many in our community, it seems that our Identity is a combination of that which we inherently are and that which we consciously choose to do which ends up shaping who we are! So there is a tie in here with dreaming, can you guess what it is?
In order to shape our IDENTITY consciously, we often need to have a dream about ourselves and our world that we can tend to. A dream that calls us forward to show up every day in dream-making action. It really is how we become – we tune into the dream of who we want to be and how we will go about being it, often from a young age – and then we devote our lives to curating this dream. We live in response to dreaming.
When you consider Laüra Hollick and Kevin Thom’s incredible photographs, the way Laüra dreamed herself into being in these beautiful contexts, and then went about the daily work of putting all of the intricate pieces together that would ‘complete the picture’ (sometimes months of work!), it really comes into focus. Dreams catalyze devoted creative action, and devoted creative action shapes our Identity in service to the dream. And when we are dreaming together – for the healing of our earth, ending poverty, expanding the reach of love, world peace, safety for all children and women – we are attending to a dream together, one that becomes more of a reality with our shared devotional action. That is the power of individual identity and group identity woven together and held in place by dreams!
As we move into our final week of our exploration of IDENTITY, we invite you to revisit your watercolor journals once again, to paint and write out your ‘harvests’ of insight from this months relationship exploration. Perhaps on this page, allow yourself to tap in to your wildest dreams for your life and how this ties in to your current Identity. What new dreams can you allow yourself to dream and become into this year?
We also invite you to read this beautiful museum show review of Dream a nü Dream, by Curator, Shiloh Sophia, who shares her personal reflections on the way this show impacted her, inviting further inquiry of course, as well as soak in the words of her poem below.
“Divine Wisdom” painting by Shiloh Sophia
Dreams Are Evidence
Dreams are evidence of the rich inner life of your identity
a place where all different levels of awareness dance and create freely,
as if, when our eyes close, the depth of our imagination
finally gets to play and show us all the colors,
textures, possibilities and dimensions we aren’t seeing with our eyes open
You know things you could not know, have experiences you have not had,
and perhaps even feel things you have never felt before
Our dreams are indicators
that there is so much more available to us
in how we think, feel, see, intuit and create the future
Dreams provide information and insight
into the hidden workings of the psyche
as well as grant us access to more of the collective mind
in our dreams, many of us experience ecstasy,
feelings of flight, and even orgasmic sensations
Dreams may also read your field of stories and memories,
using past experience as a palette of colors to build a new story
May you honor and pay attention to your dreams, using them to create
a Legendary life guided by the heart of your own Muse!
With stardust on my brush and full moonlight in my hair,
~ Shiloh Sophia
Thank you to our dear members for journeying with us through Identity. We hope you are able to create time this week to work with your chosen creative projects, and visit your journals to see what dreams wish to reveal themselves!
~ Musea Collective
What’s On at the Museum!
Join us February 16 at 12 pm PT for the Museum Show and exhibit opening of Carnaval of Spirit Love! Our first BIWOC Member Exclusive Exhibit and Art Celebration!
This Museum Virtual Show will be hosted by Musea Intentional Creativity Museum, with Collaborative Curation from the MUSEA BIWOC Leadership Team, including Elder Semerit Strachan and Elder Lauren Adorno-Weatherford, Sumaiyah Wysdom Yates and Milagros Suriano-Rivera, Curator Shiloh Sophia, and Curatorial Director, Amber Gould, as they take you on a visual journey of music, poetry, and an array of paintings that hold the souls and hearts of each BIWOC member.
This is an opportunity to take yourself on an Artist Date, and invite your family, friends, and community to join you at the virtual museum! We hope you will join us for an amazing show! Get Your Ticket Today
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Curator, Shiloh Sophia (center), with Musea Guild and Staff Members at the Vivid 2021 Gathering!
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