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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Dream Chapel

Last week I dreamed of the shape of a church or a chapel against a dark sky with a  light glowing foreground.  The chapel shape literally seemed to glow and shimmer against the sky. 
I like to think of this shape as a Sanctuary.  Which according to Dictionary.com is among many definitions; a sacred or holy place, a place of refuge, asylum.

I'm reading Sue Monk Kidd's new book, Traveling with Pomegranates.  Sue Monk Kidd is one of my favorite writers and I'm so happy to be immersed in her new book which is co-written with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor. What I like about her writing/thinking is through her various quests to gain understanding about areas like the Feminine Divine or The Black Madonna is the honor she gives symbols in her life.  Whether they be from dreams or  'chance' encounters.

I've been thinking about the chapel image from my dream.  The word Sanctuary is meaningful.  What shall I place in  this holy, sacred Sanctuary?    Why have a Sanctuary?
To have a place of refuge, not a place to hide, but a place of serenity.  A place to lay out ideas, joys, sorrows, dreams, laughter, troubles.

Happy New Year!


  1. Happy New Year Indigo Girl!!
    This is a shimmery and serene image that feels so very inviting and to bring with it the questions that you do is so fitting for this close and simultaneous opening to the new walk 'round the Wheel of Life.
    I love places of sanctuary and am currently imaging a place to go to on retreat...for the time being your painting can serve as a destination...I can imagine wandering into this glowing space. I can sit and simply be.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi d
    I'm happy and honored that my dream Sanctuary image will serve as a destination for your imaging.
    I really love the space, when I remember the dream, the Sanctuary beckons. Beacon. (do beckon and beacon share the same origin?)

  3. Yes, beckon and beacon share the same origin. I saw this on Scuttlebutt and the chapel did glow.

    I would guess that you carry your serenity with you. Perhaps the sanctuary is you--there is a peacefulness in your words and in your paintings.

  4. Thanks hw. and yes it is possible the sanctuary is me--I think it is a place inside that I've allowed to grow in order to place the sadness of loss of the past year and a half. (mom and dad) But, as I said in the post, I see it as a place for so many other parts of our human experience.
    My mother was a serene and calm person and often I've been likened to her in looks and demeanor. I'm thankful and humbled when I hear that.

  5. not much more to add to the above...but it's beautiful - all of it! Love it!!!

  6. Gracias mj. Mucho apreciado mi hermana