"The Wanderer seeks to discover her unique and authentic place in life. Not just any place will do. Her authentic place is not simply one that someone will pay her to occupy (like a job), nor a task she happens to have the talent to perform ( like an art or craft), nor a career a vocational counselor recommends for her ( like banking or social work), nor a social role (like caregiver, student, parent, leader, whore, or rebel) in which other people will accept her. It’s got to be ‘her’ place, one in keeping with her vital core. It is a place defined not by the deeds she performs, but by the qualities of soul she embodies; not by her physical, social, or economic achievements, but by the true character she manifests; neither by her capacity to conform to the masses nor by ability to creatively rebel against the mainstream, but by the unique way she performs her giveaway for her community" (Plotkin, 2003, p71).

Bill Plotikin “Soulcraft” 
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As the business of reading technology continues along its trajectory, whether apocalyptic or utopian or both, perhaps those of us who continue to fancy ourselves concerned readers, however much we give into the new and shiny, might turn our attention and new to what one might call inner work

Nathan Schneider, in The Fabric of Our Identity (via beingblog)
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Death is going to happen to you — whether you want it to or not — and you’re never going to be completely comfortable with it. But it’s an important process, and please consider facing it.

Mortician Caitlin Doughty on what she wants readers and listeners to take away from her work. She spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross about how she’s trying to reform how we think about the deaths of loved ones.  (via nprfreshair)
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"Creative work is a training of each individual’s perception according to the level on which he is alive and awake; that is why it is so difficult to evaluate. And it should be difficult. In art, perception is embodied: in dust, in pigment, in sounds, in movements of the body, in metals and stone, in threads and stuff. Each product, each goal, is an intermediate moment in a much longer journey of the person. Once I was asked to write something about art, I wrote: "Art is an intuitive act of the spirit in its evolution toward divine nature." Because it is an act of self education in this sense, it cannot be evaluated apart from its maker, the ones whose vision it represents." (Richards, 1989, p25).

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"IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT YOU CAN’T SEE THE CIRCLE IF YOU DON’T STEP OUTSIDE OF IT. WHEN AN ARTIST RECEIVES A VISION OF THE INTEGRITY AND WHOLENESS OF THE WORLD, IT BECOMES HIS DUTY TO MATCH THE ACTUALITY OF HIS NEW INNER KNOWLEDGE WITH A CORRESPONDING ACTION IN THE OUTER WORLD.

HE HAS TO ABANDON THE SAFETY OF THE CIRCLE OF KNOWING AND STEP INTO THE VOID OF UNKNOWING. HE HAS TO LOOK BACK AT THE OPACITY OF HIS PREVIOUS LIFE FROM HIS NEW VANTAGE POINT, STEEPED IN THE TRANSPARENCY OF LIGHT” (CLEMENTE, 2013, P. 201).

"A Quickening of the Spirit" by Francesco Clemente
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The wanderer seeks the hidden, the mysterious, the wild. She knows the changes she goes through while searching are as important as finding what she seeks. She is not in a hurry. Wandering is a valuable as anything else she might do.

Bill Plotkin “Soul Craft: Crossing the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche”
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It is an Abode of the Unsymmetrical inasmuch as it consecrated to the worship of the Imperfect, purposefully leaving some thing unfinished for the play of the imagination to complete.

Okarura Kakuzo~ “The Book of Tea” 
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