This website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.
This month’s edition is gifted by Guest Editor the brilliant Artist, Jennifer Leach.
She asked why I’d asked her to produce the first Guest Edition.
My reply is:-
The basis of trust in Jennifer was the heart warming experience of working with her as writer in 2016, to create TAKE TWO: a play about injustice in Palestine. Of late, she and I meet to talk, listening to one another’s search for spiritual meaning in our daily lives; a hug of a process, to share farther.
This month’s theme is –
SPIRITUALITY: acting through non-acting
In all the utter clutter
Of a world that always shouts
Be still and know
You wish to know
That I am God.
I am an artist, poet and playwright, and director of my own arts company Outrider Anthems and this month have the great honour of hosting this edition of TIA, with the suggested theme of spirituality. What a theme!
I am writing this in an unseasonably hot month, the unseasonality resonating with thoughts of climate meltdown and the endgame through which we find ourselves living. With the great honour of guest editing this month’s edition of The Imagination Acts, I consider imagination and action through spirituality. And as with all things spiritual, it begins immediately with paradox, equating the importance of action with non-action. Ah! Good old spirituality. Designed to mystify. But no. I want to seriously consider the connection between action and non-action. And how ‘non-action’ can indeed be one of the most powerful energies available to us to bring about active change. A theme of smallness, quietness, paradoxically stillness, is developing in my explorations of how imagination can be used to effect change. Indeed, how vital and undersung these tools are in our calls for action. For many reasons, not least to avoid burnout, the nourishing of heart and soul with quiet practice, is paramount.
So, much to say, many angles to consider, but I shall try and keep my thoughts here simple. One more element to add: I use spirituality in the broadest sense. That which comes from spirit, and which belongs to spirit. That which is not dominated by rigid logic and cerebral control.
THE STORY is of the Dazzle festival, part of Outrider Anthems’ Festival of the Dark, and one church’s willingness to engage in conversations of spirituality and darkness – HERE
THE GALLERY offers a series of selected contemplations, of poetry, thought, scientific research, and image. It offers examples of how stirring a quiet seed might be. What thoughts might spring from what you read, what you see, how it touches you? How might the quiet seed grow? For grow it will, and this is the beauty of how we open ourselves up to nourishing freshness, through taking time to focus on spiritual offerings of creative minds – HERE
TALES this month’s tale comes from the 2016 Tipping Point conference on Climate Action, where the Universe made sure to show us that there are two sides to action – HERE
WAKEUP is Mac Macartney’s inspirational talk from Festival of the Dark, on leadership and action. Incidentally, after decades of public speaking and sharing, Mac still feels sick before each talk. He accepts his duty to be a spiritual speaker as the action he is called to in this life. And this ultimately is his message to us all: You will never be ready. Act now with who you are, and with what you have. It is our responsibility to be leaders – each one of us – in reciprocation for the great privilege of being alive as human beings on Planet Earth – HERE