On Finding a Place You Trust

I am sorting through the chaos in my studio, so that I can have a sense of order, and then begin again, creating more chaos! I came across this quote from Sister Corita in one of my sketchbooks: Find a place you trust and try trusting it for awhile.

Find a place you trust L Doctor sketchbook
Find a place you trust L Doctor sketchbook

It sounds uncomplicated, but requires something of us. It's simple, but not necessarily easy. The place to trust is inside us, and relates to what is on the outside. Creating a sacred space, what Joseph Campbell called (from the Greek) "temenos" can support finding that region inside us, and an authentic place to begin. One needs a place to work that is uninterrupted, where no one can find you. This is not complicated, everyone has a way of making a place special– with a candle, incense, clear glass of water, flowers, music, or whatever makes sense to you.

There is inherent in the statement, find a place you trust and try trusting it for awhile– an underlying yes, an acceptance of whatever we find inside, and a willingness to begin from there. Imagine that whoever you are is just right for this moment.

Some of you are familiar with Sister Corita's work as a teacher, designer, artist and activist in the 1960's and 70's. She taught at the Immaculate Heart College, and had inspirational students including John Cage, Buckminster Fuller & Saul Bass. Now skip down to Sister Corita's Rule #7:

The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something.

Joseph Campbell, one of my early and most powerful influences, made a similar claim when he said: make a commitment to show up on a regular basis and trust that even though nothing happens at first, or even after a long while– eventually something happens. I often remind myself and my students that a daily practice will eventually change the shape of your life. You make a decision to do the work you are here to do, to manifest the life you want to be in.

Dream of bluebird L Doctor sketchbook
Dream of bluebird L Doctor sketchbook

No one will give you the time to cultivate this part of yourself, you must take it.

Playing in sketchbook L Doctor
Playing in sketchbook L Doctor

I recommend Sister Corita & Jan Steward's book:  Learning by Heart

How do you go about creating a space for yourself, or finding a place you trust?