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Dear Sanctuary nyc Friends,
 
Almost a year ago, one of our Sanctuary nyc friends came up with a tagline for the community, which I loved, but which I wasn’t sure we had yet become.
I realized this week that since that time, we have become this place, and the tagline jumped into my head again…right on time…like ideas do. It seems that ideas for paintings and plays, for short stories and programs dance around in the realm of the invisible, and when they are ready to combine with the breath of life…they re-emerge. It is so cool.  It is the way artists “create”.
 
The tagline is this; “Sanctuary nyc- Where Artists Come To Be Inspired”
 
All of us are artists, or can be. The Art of Medicine is different from the business of Medicine, as the art of Finance or Mathematics are.
I am not suggesting that we all have to be painters or musicians. I am suggesting that the way we approach a thing is what makes the difference.
We are all created with the innate wiring to Co-create with the Infinite. And so for us to remember that place in us which is brave and wild and in touch with realms beyond our conscious understanding is as natural as breathing, It is natural , but it is not easy. But it IS natural.
In order for the natural to become art, discipline is required.
Discipline creates for us a framework within which the wildness of the vision can find boundaries and form and can become more than just a raw flood of inspiration.
Developing technique allows for repetition, for improvement within a context.
 
Artists live in the realm of possibility. While mathematicians deal with probability, and philosophers explore the nature of reality, theologians devise systems for making the Infinite explainable and
historians try to tell us what has happened, and self help gurus tell us how to make friends and influence people, artists are always listening for the next thing…for the hint of a new idea. Artists are
forced by the nature of their calling to be willing to throw off the old, and make way for what is emerging.
 
We are bombarded from every direction by advertising and sound bites and fear based pseudo news, all geared to numb the inner artist. Theyactivate our fight or flight system and make us receptive to the messages of a consumerist culture.
Artists respond to inspiration. Corporate media messages are geared toward alarm and sensation, and not toward inspiration
 
Our inner artist can always be accessed,
Our true voice, our muse, is always trying to call to us.
Some people call that God
IF we tune out the noise and distraction, can stop being controlled by the constant messages to fit in, to conform, to consume, to compete, we can hear the inner call.
And I would like to suggest that we can inspire and challenge and encourage one another in that process in community.
 
 Listening, observing, hearing and editing are the tools of the artist. What isn’t part of the picture or the song is as important as what is…maybe more important. But we have to decide what we listen
to and what we eliminate from our playlist.
Hearing ideas discussed from a lot of different angles, and through a lot of interesting lenses and wisdom traditions is inspiring. Sharing our struggles with one another is inspiring. And sometimes i can’t hear what you can hear, and you can help me to find my own way in, by traveling the road with me.
 
So we come together to remember that inner place, and then to allow it to come into aliveness in a context where it can really develop.
And the general cultural soup of fear based messages is not such a place.
 
The “art” of the artist is also one of collaboration among equals. As we are called to co-create with the Infinite, we are also called tocollaborate with one another…as citizens of the world. You can’t
hold your cards behind your back and collaborate, because then you are trying to live off of the energy of the one who comes to the table wide open.
So the idea is to get to know YOURSELF first, so you can bring all of your gift to the party.
 And then, in the context of community, your color on the canvas and someone else’s music can combine with somebody else’s dance move and a poem from somebody else, your understanding of the neuro-plasticity of the brain and another’s mathematical equation can come together with a new way to be of service on the world, and the alchemy of the artistcan truly flourish, and dance amidst the structure of a safe place.
 
Now is a time for vision. Now is the moment for you to awaken to your deepest individuality,and your place in the human family, to your greatest altruism, to the call of the creative in, as and through you.
Now is the moment. The time has come. You are incarnated in this time for a reason.
 
I need you, and you need me.
Stephen Sondheim says it this way:
 
“Anyone can whistle
That’s what they say-
Easy.
Anyone can whistle
Any old day-
Easy.
It’s all so simple;
relax, let go, let fly,
So someone tell me why
Can’t I?
i can dance a tango,
I can read Greek-
Easy.
I can slay a dragon
Any old week-
Easy.
What’s hard is simple,
what’s natural comes hard.
Maybe you could show me
how to let go,
Lower my guard,
learn to be free.
Maybe if you whistle,
Whistle for me.”
( Musical Book by Arthur Laurents
Music and Lyrics- Stephen Sondheim
Anyone Can Whistle)
 
Happy New Year from Sanctuary nyc- “Where Artists Come To Be Inspired”.
 
Peace/Out,
Rev. Jane
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Anyone Can Whistle

to be painters or musicians. I am suggesting that the way we approach a thing is what makes the difference.
We are all created with the innate wiring to Co-create with the Infinite. And so for us to remember that place in us which is brave and wild and in touch with realms beyond our conscious understanding is as natural as breathing, It is natural , but it is not easy. But it IS natural.
In order for the natural to become art, discipline is required.
Discipline creates for us a framework within which the wildness of the vision can find boundaries and form and can become more than just a raw flood of inspiration.
Developing technique allows for repetition, for improvement within a context.
 
Artists live in the realm of possibility. While mathematicians deal with probability, and philosophers explore the nature of reality, theologians devise systems for making the Infinite explainable and
historians try to tell us what has happened, and self help gurus tell us how to make friends and influence people, artists are always listening for the next thing…for the hint of a new idea. Artists are
forced by the nature of their calling to be willing to throw off the old, and make way for what is emerging.
 
We are bombarded from every direction by advertising and sound bites and fear based pseudo news, all geared to numb the inner artist. Theyactivate our fight or flight system and make us receptive to the messages of a consumerist culture.
Artists respond to inspiration. Corporate media messages are geared toward alarm and sensation, and not toward inspiration
 
Our inner artist can always be accessed,
Our true voice, our muse, is always trying to call to us.
Some people call that God
IF we tune out the noise and distraction, can stop being controlled by the constant messages to fit in, to conform, to consume, to compete, we can hear the inner call.
And I would like to suggest that we can inspire and challenge and encourage one another in that process in community.
 
 Listening, observing, hearing and editing are the tools of the artist. What isn’t part of the picture or the song is as important as what is…maybe more important. But we have to decide what we listen
to and what we eliminate from our playlist.
Hearing ideas discussed from a lot of different angles, and through a lot of interesting lenses and wisdom traditions is inspiring. Sharing our struggles with one another is inspiring. And sometimes i can’t hear what you can hear, and you can help me to find my own way in, by traveling the road with me.
 
So we come together to remember that inner place, and then to allow it to come into aliveness in a context where it can really develop.
And the general cultural soup of fear based messages is not such a place.
 
The “art” of the artist is also one of collaboration among equals. As we are called to co-create with the Infinite, we are also called tocollaborate with one another…as citizens of the world. You can’t
hold your cards behind your back and collaborate, because then you are trying to live off of the energy of the one who comes to the table wide open.
So the idea is to get to know YOURSELF first, so you can bring all of your gift to the party.
 And then, in the context of community, your color on the canvas and someone else’s music can combine with somebody else’s dance move and a poem from somebody else, your understanding of the neuro-plasticity of the brain and another’s mathematical equation can come together with a new way to be of service on the world, and the alchemy of the artistcan truly flourish, and dance amidst the structure of a safe place.
 
Now is a time for vision. Now is the moment for you to awaken to your deepest individuality,and your place in the human family, to your greatest altruism, to the call of the creative in, as and through you.
Now is the moment. The time has come. You are incarnated in this time for a reason.
 
I need you, and you need me.
Stephen Sondheim says it this way:
 
“Anyone can whistle
That’s what they say-
Easy.
Anyone can whistle
Any old day-
Easy.
It’s all so simple;
relax, let go, let fly,
So someone tell me why
Can’t I?
i can dance a tango,
I can read Greek-
Easy.
I can slay a dragon
Any old week-
Easy.
What’s hard is simple,
what’s natural comes hard.
Maybe you could show me
how to let go,
Lower my guard,
learn to be free.
Maybe if you whistle,
Whistle for me.”
( Musical Book by Arthur Laurents
Music and Lyrics- Stephen Sondheim
Anyone Can Whistle)
 
Happy New Year from Sanctuary nyc- “Where Artists Come To Be Inspired”.
 
Peace/Out,
Rev. Jane
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Kindness, Compassion and Loving One Another

Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,
 
 It has been said that that one definition of genius is the ability to entertain two contradictory ideas at the same time. Artists are trained to work with complex energies, to ground their interpretive skills in the discipline of their craft, and to stay steady while the muse moves through them. The difference between just letting the muse move through you and becoming a trained vessel for that muse is significant. Without the grounding of some discipline, the energies of creativity can become overwhelming. The daily ballet barre, vocalizing scales, practice on ones violin or trumpet, writing a page a day for a writer, all develop the artist. It is a discipline. It is also a spiritual practice.
 
 Artists are also called to be interpreters of complex emotions and seemingly unconnected circumstances, to make sense of them. When we are in a state of grief or confusion about world events or personal loss, hearing a piece of music or seeing a dance concert can sometimes heal more than any counselor. Artists have to use their bodies to translate the craft of the playwright or the composer. Painters need to connect with their brushes or rollers and stretch and prime canvases. 
 
 There are so many swirling energies in our environment at this moment in time. The Mayan Elders from Guatemala spoke to us on their visit to our community, about a coming acceleration of earth’s many energies leading up to 12/21/2012, and into the next year. They explained to us from their perspective, from centuries of nature based wisdom, that to be prepared for predicted cycles is the art of the spiritual warrior. They told us this. And it appears that they were right. 
 
 And so we find ourselves in a time of managing the seemingly contradictory challenges of holiday observance, of national grief, of an acceleration in earth’s energies, of both expected and unexpected transitions. And I would like to send you the assurance that you have all it  takes to deal with this. There is a power greater than we that breathes us into each new moment. Connect with that power. 
 
And I will give you a hint. Compassion is the key to opening into that power; compassion for yourself, compassion for people you encounter, compassion for the need to know. “Knowing” in the mental sense has little power in these moments. It may get us through a day at work, but only the kind of surrender to the power that tells Moses to “Be Still and Know” can stabilize us in these moments.
 
 Whatever you call this power, it is One Power. You will experience it through prayer and meditation, through coming together with friends and family, through service.  You can and you will grow stronger in the broken places. We are all in this together.
 
 Take good care of you – and reach out to someone who may be feeling a little isolated. It will help you both. This is a perfect time to access your inner artist and to really work like the alchemist to transform base metal into gold.
 
We love to see your face.
With love,
Rev. Jane
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How To Win Friends and Influence People

Hello Sanctuary NYC Friends,

In 1937, Dale Carnegie wrote a book called How To Win Friends and Influence People. My dad was a big fan of the Dale Carnegie course, and working its principles helped him become very successful in business. My dad was a real seeker. When I was twelve, he gave me the book Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. Heavy lifting for a twelve year old, but by then I had already discovered the complete works of Sigmund Freud on my dad’s bookshelf, and was trying to figure that out.
My family was the model they used to define the term “Dysfunctional.” I mean, we were one of the families. I don’t want to be grandiose. In truth, when I was younger, everybody was walking around trying to pretend to be all together, and honestly, that was the hardest part of growing up for me. At least if you know that other people’s families are as crazy as yours then it doesn’t feel quite so bad.
Lately, I have been looking over those early tomes, along with some great new works such as Eight Habits of Love by Ed Bacon, and of course the life story of Diana Vreeland in numerous forms. You think I jest? I have seen the Diana Vreeland documentary “The Eye Has to Travel,” three times already. Why you may ask?
What I see in the amazingly interesting life of Diana Vreeland is the triumphant healing power of art and positive thinking over what could have been seen as very difficult circumstances. Looked at with the knowledge we now have about narcissistic and alcoholic parents, the subplot of her life may be a touch nightmarish. I am honestly more interested in how Mrs. Vreeland’s incredible resilience gave her the ability to create beauty and a cultural lens for a generation through looking at fashion.
She saw that fashion predicts all kinds of things, including war and the coming of a new age, and the changing of lifestyles. And she celebrated creativity in everything ranging from Mick Jagger to leopards. I must say I agree with her when she says, “I mean a world without leopards! Who needs it?”
Cultivating relationships is also an art, and Dale Carnegie reminds us that finding the creative spark in all of life’s expressions around us is what it is all about. He was the original “Say Yes!!” guy. Oh no, maybe that was Jesus, who said, “If you DO these things I do, greater things than these will YOU DO.”
It’s about what we DO, and how we treat one another, and how we look at the glass. It is always both half empty AND half full, but the empty part can be used to propel us into full engagement with the full part.
Our themes for the month of December are Creativity and Love.

Come create with us.
We love to see your face.

Peace/out,
Rev. Jane

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Dreaming In Color

 

Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,
 
 I dreamed a dream of being part of a community of creativity and purpose.  I am not sure how long ago I dreamed this dream. I think it may even be something I remember from the future. But I do know that when I lived in Shadyside (Pittsburgh), PA as a teenager, I began to access a place in myself I now recognize as my eternal self. My father died suddenly the year before, and I felt both lost and different. Another dimension had entered into my life. My beautiful father had moved to heaven, and I wanted to be able to be there with him, at least in part.
I remember when I was ten years old I met a teacher who talked to me about multiple dimensions. I also had a friend whose mother said they had a resident ghost in their house who rocked in a rocking chair every evening at the same time.  While I was intrigued by all of this, once I totally freaked out in the middle of the night and ran to my mother to tell her there were ghosts in my room.  After that, I was uh, greatly encouraged to focus on my English class and not metaphysical studies. 
Both of these times came at moments of heightened awareness and major transition in my personal world as I became acutely aware of another dimension that seemed very real to me, and that offered a kind of comfort. I have had other breakthrough moments when the larger realm of existence was available to me.  Once it came as a Light and a voice.  At my Grandmother’s bed of transition, it came as sheer bliss. I even talked to the Allness that last time. I seem to be one who is not afraid of leaving my body entirely and flying away to the angel realm!
 I am now aware however that this is a time of transition on a global scale, and I can tell you that I am ready to stay planted on Mother Earth while becoming part of the pull into a transformation that will bring us great joy. Mother Earth is definitely talking to us. Communities likeSanctuary NYC are in place to hold a space for those of like consciousness to gather and become a part of the web of healing, an ancient process infinitely more powerful than any crazy short sighted schemes to feed us sterile food through genetically modified organisms, or the junk food of consumerism. I am ready this time! I am excited about what is coming to pass, and aware that this is the moment for which each of has been called into incarnation. Yes, it IS the dawning of the Age of Aquarius! Finally!! 
 There is more than enough for all of us on this planet, and in this moment of shift on a global level, the forces for life and death seem to be playing out a huge drama on the world stage. Each of us is truly called to make a difference in the direction of standing up for all life, and I am excited to be awakening at this moment along with that community I dreamed about so long ago in the future! 
 This Sunday on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Dr Eben Alexander will be sharing about his extended travel to this larger realm, which he unapologetically identifies as heaven, where the true source of life is always dancing. I encourage you to watch Oprah’s interview with him. I encourage you to say “Yes!” to the part of you that “knows”. This is the time we have been waiting for.   
The vibrations of Joy and Wisdom are very present in this deep mid winter in the Western Hemisphere. The energies of the solstice, of the coming in of an age of Love and Creativity and reverence for the mystical Presence of the Cosmic Christ pervade.  
Come join us at Sanctuary while we celebrate all month long, the birth of the Light – through ballet, through music and fun as well as several special services and arts events. As the scripture reminds us, and the Sounds ofSanctuary NYC sing, “Rejoice Always, Pray Without Ceasing. Give Thanks in All Circumstances. This is the will…this is the loving will of G-d. Ashe.”
Can’t wait to see you this Sunday for an amazing service, complete with two ballet performances.
 
We love to see your face.
 
Peace/out,
Rev. Jane
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