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The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom Paperback – June 27, 2011
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Gracefully written and ever-consoling, The Artist's Rule demands engagement from its reader. It challenges artists of every variety to journey actively with their Rule, and to thereby plumb the riches of both a contemplative and generative discipline. ---from Image Journal
The Artist's Rule entices us to plunge into the riches of a contemplative, creative life. With hospitality, wisdom, and grace, Christine returns us to ancient monastic practices that have preserved the soul of spirituality across the ages and can restore us in our own time. --Jan Richardson
"This jewel of a book will help you tap the eternal in your deep soul." --Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., Author of Seven Sacred Pauses (from the Foreword)
"It is a time of shift, of awakening, new challenges, greater complexity in every dimension of daily life. The Artist's Rule is a treasure for those of us who long to live a rich inner life, to be fully human and creative members of a creative Universe, to give expression to what is moving within us--to write, paint, make music, and dance. Christine frames her exploration in monastic wisdom, but in our present context where the whole world is our monastery. The inner guide of each of us is thoroughly welcomed and nourished throughout the chapters--in explorations, guided imagery, mystical insight, poetry, music, reflections, inspiration, practices of creativity, ritual--as we travel today's call to creativity and contemplation." --Mary Southard, C.S.J.,Artist/Illustrator for The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness
"Graciously offered, wisely conceived, carefully crafted, The Artist's Rule leads the reader ever more deeply into practices that recover the awareness that contemplation and creativity spring from the same Source. This work, grounded in Benedictine spirituality, offers us ways to rediscover the sacred art of living and serving, following the Spirit's lead and awakening to the artist's palette of our daily lives." --Mary C. Earle, Author of The Desert Mothers: Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness and Days of Grace: Meditations and Practices for Living with Illness
About the Author
Christine Valters Paintner is the online Abbess of AbbeyoftheArts.com, a virtual monastery without walls offering resources, classes, and books on contemplative practice and creative expression. She is a writer, artist, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, teacher and the author of several books including Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements (Ave Maria Press 2010). Christine earned her doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and her professional status as registered expressive arts consultant and educator from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She also serves as an adjunct faculty at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. Paintner is a Benedictine Oblate and lives out her lay monastic commitment as a Benedictine Oblate in the heart of Seattle with her husband.
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Her particular religious framework is Christian, but as noted I am not a Christian and I found the Bible verses she chooses as starting points for Lectio Divina and for art making are not exclusionary of other modes of spiritual reflection. One of my favorite spreads in my art journal came from a combination of a verse Painters gave from Jeremiah 6:16 - "And God said stand alone at the crossroads and look and ask for ancient paths: where the good way lies; and walk in it and find rest for your souls." -- used in combination with her her instructions for "Wisdom Cards." The Wisdom Cards felt indeed like an ancient pagan path, in a Carl Jung sort of way. Anther verse from Isaiah 48:6-7 I read at a time of great shifts in my own life and I worked with it from that perspective: "Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you. Created just now, this very moment. Of these things you have heard nothing until now so that you cannot say, Oh yes, I knew this."
If you are both artistic and someone who looks for the Divine in all things (Christian or not), I highly recommend this book!
If you are not sure about ordering all three at once, order and read this one first!