Issue No. 5

“Our mind is good at getting us to think small. But I have found that we will do for love that which we don’t think possible. So the question to ask ourselves is ‘What do I love?”

~ Julia Butterfly Hill, Forest Activist

In this week’s Member Zine, we share highlights from last week’s Artist Circle, and a reflection on the practice of Fearless Belonging in community. 

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“Taliswoman” painting by Musea Member Nina Rubea Jager 

Community Highlights

Artist Circle Reflections

Artist Circle painting from inquiries into community by Chatelle Jeram

Last Wednesday Musea Members were invited to our monthly Artist Circle for connection, creativity and the introduction of our monthlong relationship exploration on the topic of Community – that being our sustained and meaningful connection with other people, as well as the places that we derive our group identity (one’s sense of self as defined by their community/circle).

At this circle, Marnie Dangerfield and Chatelle Jeram led an Intentional Creativity painting and drawing process, where members were inviting to intuitively paint circles on their art journal pages and journal about what community means to them. From there they were guided to fill in the many circles they had painted on the page with the words that represent the communities and circles they are a part of – getting a birds eye view of all of the spaces that hold, nurture, teach,  and provide a sense of identity. This was a simple but powerful exercise that supported members in making a conscious connection or ‘inventory’ of the communities they are in relationship with.

Here are a few shares from members who attended the Artist Circle…

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured
by the compassionate actions of its members.”
– Coretta Scott King

Chatelle Jeram in the process of leading her painting inquiries

Art In Motion!

with Virginia Masson

Guild Member Coordinator and Intentional Creativity Foundation Secretary
+ Musea Global Center Owner

Today Virginia Masson is sharing with a peek into Peace Muse Studios – one of our Musea Global Centers in the Great Lakes Area.

“Peace Muse Studio was born from a deep desire to bring more peace to the world. Inspired by the works of Shiloh Sophia, I applied for the Color of Woman program in 2017 and after graduating in 2018 I knew my life would never be the same. I felt a soul longing to share the tools and processes I had learned with as many people as possible and dreamed of building a beloved community of creative seekers. And so, Peace Muse Studio was born, infused with love and designed to inspire connection to the natural world using the beautiful Great Lakes as natures muse. From the Red Thread community room where we share deep and meaningful discussions, meals and laughter to the studio space where dreams and insights are brought to the page, Peace Muse Studio welcomes everyone, just as they are.”

“My Sisters Keeper” by Musea Member Milagros Suriano-Rivera

Member Letter

The Practice of Fearless Belonging

A reflection from Jessica Richmond, Musea CoCurator and Magazine Lead

Dear Musea Members and guest readers,

Last month’s theme was about the relationship to the Self. This month’s theme is your relationship to Community, and there is a strong connection between the two. Many of Musea’s Intentional Creativity courses ask us to explore the different “archetypes” that we embody at various times. There have been numerous archetypes identified within multiple religions and cultures and the fields of Archeo-mythology and Transpersonal Psychology. We can shift between them at different times; however, most of us tend to hover around a few core archetypes that are trying the hardest to vie for our attention. There are many reasons for this, some of which are based on external influences or pressures. One of the most potent of these is our communities. (For example, Musea as an Intentional Creativity community understandably focuses much on the archetype of The Artist).

Do you ever find yourself behaving one way when you are in a particular group and another with a different group? One of the most prominent examples of this for many can be the professional work persona. Have you ever worked in a job or had a long career where you felt that you just couldn’t be yourself? For some, this can feel like wearing a mask. And that is not to say that wearing a mask or routinely exchanging them is a bad thing. In fact, for some, it can even be necessary for survival.

Trying on various masks is part of human development. We see this exemplified the most in adolescence, when a society allows for it, and it’s motivated not only by the search for Self-identity but the deep desire for acceptance into a community to feel a sense of belonging. While highlighted the most during the teen years, this longing to belong never fades for many of us. We often try out different careers, hobbies, and interests to find our “people,” but it’s also not uncommon that we search without intention. And this can cause us to stop searching too soon. Afraid of rejection, we may see it when it’s not truly there. Or we may even be projecting our personal feelings of rejection onto others, i.e., you do not feel accepting of a specific group, so your subconscious convinces you they are the ones doing the rejecting.

Part of the encouragement of this month’s theme is to begin bringing more discerning intention and attention to your relationships with your various communities and groups. Notice which masks you might be wearing or which archetype you may be embodying to be part of a group, then notice how that feels. Is it comfortable? Does it still fit well, or have you outgrown it? Do you continue to enjoy it, or are you ready to exchange it for another? Do you feel a strong need to strip away all of them so that you may be your authentic self in whatever community you belong to, or are you comfortable shapeshifting? Try to approach these questions without self-judgment as there are no right or wrong answers, just noticing.

Observe the groups where you feel most comfortable. Who specifically do you feel the most comfortable with? Also, notice which communities allow space for your shapeshifting and those that may feel more rigid with their expectations. See how you choose to belong and how you may decide not to belong. Are you so rooted in the archetype of the rebel that it feels unnatural to desire belonging? Or are you comfortable going your own way while still maintaining a connection to community?

Intentional Creativity painting in progress by Musea Member Deniese Woolfolk

Shiloh Sophia often speaks about Fearless Belonging and how to stay grounded within your own self-identity while still being part of a community. It can feel very satisfying but also very daunting to maintain a solid connection to yourself while staying in relationship with others, including those who may differ from you.

Do you feel content with your choices to practice fearless belonging, or are you allowing past hurts of being excluded to hold you back from taking new risks in the present? Are you practicing Fearless Belonging within our Intentional Creativity community? If not, what would you need to help you do so? Will you ask for that help? We hope that you will.

As an encouragement, I will leave you with an excerpt from the book Belonging, Remembering Ourselves Home by Toka-pa Turner.

“For the rebels, and the misfits, the black sheep, and the outsiders.
For the refugees, orphans, the scapegoats, and the weirdos.
For the uprooted, the abandoned, the shunned and invisible ones.

May you recognize with increasing vividness that you know what you know.

May you give up your allegiances to self-doubt, meekness, and hesitation.

May you be willing to be unlikeable, and in the process be utterly loved.

May you be impervious to the wrongful projections of others,
And may you deliver your disagreements with precision and grace.

May you see, with the consummate clarity of nature moving through you,
that your voice is not only necessary, but desperately needed to sing us out of this muddle.

May you feel shored up, supported, entwined, and reassured as you offer yourself and your gifts to the world.

May you know for certain that even as you stand by yourself, you are not alone.”

-Toko-pa Turner

Announcements

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What’s On at the Museum!

MUSEA Intentional Creativity Museum presents the Mother Tree Open Call for Art in collaboration with TreeSisters International

View the Mother Tree Entries Page

This is an open art call for women everywhere who desire to be a creative voice for the trees to have your earth-based artwork featured in a global Virtual Museum Exhibition! This art call is a collaborative creative project with Treesisters International inviting women to tell the story of their love and advocacy of our global forests. Co-creating an investment in global reforestation efforts with 50% of proceeds from entry fees directed to Treesisters Reforestation Projects.

Submissions open today, February 8 through April 1, 2022. Artwork will be juried and curated into a Virtual Art Exhibition with LIVE Online Museum Show and Exhibit Opening, Earth Day 2022

We invite you to watch this beautiful video invitation to the Art Call, and encourage you to share this widely with your creative communities!

February Museum Events

Claim Your Complimentary Eventbrite Ticket

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!

Learn More + Purchase Your Ticket

Join Intentional Creativity Teacher Milagros Suriano-Rivera for the Starcatcher paint party – a Cosmic Journey of Self healing. Come as you are. Gather your friends together. Prepare the art studio, and let your Creative Muse out to play, because it’s time to shine!

This Intentional Creativity experience is guided by Intentional Creativity Teacher, Milagros Suriano-Rivera, who will take you on a fun, inspiring and empowering journey to reclaim your cosmic address through paint. That’s right – your cosmic address – that powerful place of being in this Universe that only YOU can uniquely inhabit. In the Starcatcher workshop, we will be reaching for the stars not just metaphorically, but by accessing through creative play the cosmic part of us that is made from the stars, and is capable of co-creating our healing and embracing our brilliance!

CURIOUS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP?

Become a Member today of one of the world’s largest and most well established Art Movements – MUSEA : Intentional Creativity!

“Gather with us. Be a part of our movement. While we can’t yet be together in person, we don’t need to be isolated from one another. Every place a MUSEA Member is, a MUSEA IS, so we are all over the world! Being a member is something to feel good about and connected to as a part of each of our individual stories, as well as our collective story.”

~ Shiloh Sophia, MUSEA Curator

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Curator, Shiloh Sophia (center), with Musea Guild and Staff Members at the Vivid 2021 Gathering! 

Have Membership Questions?

Contact Member Coordinators: Chatelle Jeram at chatelle.jeram@musea.org or Marnie Dangerfield at marnie.dangerfield@musea.org.