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As we behold, we actively transform the image.
Dialogical space invites healing conversations as well as new relational flyways. “Narrative truth” is an evolving narrative matter. As we transition from life-o-grams to transformagrams, we find new pathways and flyways. As we are storied beings, our stories constitute us. As we grow older, we can creatively choose to develop happy endings, writing enriching chapters in our Book of Life. It all depends on how we decide to write our story mandala, interweaving golden threads and pearls of wisdom or silencing the inner voice that calls to be heard, providing impetuous for the creative process.
As autoethnographic practice evolves into spiritual journey, we give more importance to those storylines that need our attention, touching on the themes that resonate strongly within our heartminds, connecting to our heartfelt stories that often reveal vulnerabilities.
Just as Kandinsky asks, “What is spiritual in art?”, we can ask, “What is a better storyline?”
Engaging in healing conversations is a way to work through our life sentences, allowing dialogic space to emerge, as well as offering more desirable ways of going on together. While walking through our life hi-stories we can participate in the meaning-making process, enfolding kernels of wisdom in between the lines as we write to transform our relations.
Much like when we watch the alpenglow on the mountain peaks, glowing with the last colors of a day well lived, a life well lived, we can contemplate the generative force of narrative and just how it does matter. The burning fire in our hearts enkindles stories that bring us to completeness. Our deep longing for an ever-better storyline can be understood as a burning desire to find peace and sublimation; the power to transform life history into the art of storytelling.
The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center offers a film depicting Pollock’s method, showing the floor where he painted. Here is the link that shows the artists’ work. I have also included pictures of my visit to their home in the East Hamptons: https://www.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse/
We beautify our story mandalas when we walk through the medicine wheel of life, transforming our perceptions and narratives. Dancing sacred dances like the grass dancers, we seek wholeness for ourselves, our communities and our planet Earth. We not only honor the four great directions, but the seasons. Each season brings forth a new landscape of meaning and an opportunity to move to a new rhythm, as well as the possibility of personal growth.
My family performs as snow dancers on our Alpine slopes in the Winter months in a different kind of dance on the mountainscape, gliding down the slopes with precision. In the summer months we hike alongside mountain flowers that offer colorful bouquets filled with medicinal properties.
On the medicine wheel of life, turned 50 and wrote a performance about Jungian psychology and the archetype of the adopted child searching for her origins. When I found my voice, I found my way. Voix (voice) and voie (way) sound the same in French, indicating a way forward, a pathway. We all search and need to find our place. Belonging is a central theme in my book. Developing my voice as a researcher and author has allowed me to find my place.
My quest has lead me to a “glovircal” way of living. Global, local, and virtual, connecting with students and my readership using new forms of technology that provide connectivity in a virtual space/place.
Here is a home video of my performance with my good friend Murray in La Tzoumaz at our chapel.
Here is the text that I read in both French and English. You can watch the video by clicking on the link:
Performance de Dialogues et Interludes Musicales
De la Synchronicité à la Serendipité, L’Art Sacré de la Co-Création et la Quête de Soi
A Performance of dialogue and musical interludes
From Synchronicity to Serendipity; The Sacred Art of Co-Creation and the Quest for Self
Introduction fait par Susie pour introduire Murray :
Murray est un chanteur et musicien d’origine canadienne et anglaise. Il compose et chante ses propres chansons ainsi que les interprétations d’autres artistes. Sa musique est nue, proche de son âme et profondément spirituelle. Sa performance est d’une grande simplicité et captivante, il y a juste sa voix et sa guitare.
Il est aussi producteur, écrivain, et collabore dans le projet « Closer to Earth », un projet de Dave Kilminster (premier guitariste dans la tournée de Roger Walters’ « The Wall tour». Murray fait des tournées à travers toute l’Europe en en solo et avec « Closer to Earth ». J’ai rencontré Murray sur mon chemin devant notre chalet, une vraie rencontre fortuite !
Introduction du « Livre Rouge » de C.G. Jung
Introduction de Susie Riva : docteure en sciences sociales, médiatrice (qui fait des liens), chercheuse (qui enquête), et mère de 5 enfants.
Murray va reprendre des chansons de Peter Gabriel. Il va aussi chanter ses propres compositions ; ses chansons originales. Sa première chanson est intitulée, « The Book of Love », elle est de Peter Gabriel. Nous sommes tous en train d’écrire notre Livre d’Amour, avec les symboles et récits de notre propre vie.
Introduction by Susie who will tell about Murray :
Murray Hockridge is an English-Canadian singer and musician who performs his own work, along with interpretations of songs from other artists.
Murray's sound is naked, soulful and deeply spiritual and the intimate simplicity of his performance with just acoustic guitar is truly captivating.
Also a producer, writer and collaborator in the 'Closer To Earth' project with Dave Kilminster (lead guitar on Roger Waters' 'The Wall' tour), Murray frequently tours Europe both solo and with Closer To Earth.''
Introduction explaining the Red Book by C.J. Jung
I am Dr. Susie Riva: I have a doctorate in the social sciences, I am a mediator who links, and a researcher who quests or “enquires” with never-ending questions, and I am the mother of five children.
Murray will sing Peter Gabriel songs mixing in his original songs. He will first sing, “The Book of Love”. The Red Book is a kind of Book of Love, we are all writing a Book of Love filled with stories and symbols depicting our life.
1st song : « The Book of Love », by Peter Gabriel
2nd song Murray va chanter « Who am I ?» « Qui suis-je ? » c’est une chanson originale, elle a pour sujet une question fondamentale, celle que tout le monde se pose en cherchant sa place.
3rd song Murray will sing, « Symbol », an original song accompanied by the castagnettes.
4th song Murray va chanter sa chanson original intitulé, « C-21 Love Song »
5th song Murray will sing, « Don’t Give Up » de Peter Gabriel
6th song Murray chante « Wall Flower » de Peter Gabriel, (Hold On)
7th song Murray sings « Halleluliah » de Cohen
8th song We sing together « You’ve Got a Friend » by Carole King
Author of Homing In: A Story Mandala Connecting Adoption, Reunion and Belonging