Friday, October 20, 2017

Artistic self-mastery in Bali

Bali 2018, A Journey into Self-Mastery, has been cancelled because of uncertainty regarding the ongoing volcanic activity of Mt. Agung.  Our sincere apology to those who anticipated joining Ann Mortifee and me on this extraordinary journey.   

A unique opportunity is coming in August 2018.  Come to Bali, Indonesia for a journey into artistic and spiritual self-mastery with Ann Mortifee and  myself. Kristen Scholfield-Sweet,   Begin this journey with us into the magic and mystery of Bali by enjoying my thoughts about "What is artistic self-mastery?"  Thanks to Alex Joy for his images of Bali, the cards illustrating artistic self-mastery are from my divination wisdom deck, the Journey Oracle.

One purpose of artistic self-mastery is going into the blood pulse.  This means to evoke our creative soul, our guiding spirit, and go into a way of being in which an ongoing exchange of giving and receiving creative impulses are constantly available. 

One mission of artistic self-mastery is finding eloquence with which to give a gift.  As Lewis Hyde says of Walt Whitman, "Those who can express themselves in speech have been given that mysterious something, like the mouthpiece of a trumpet or the reed of a wind instrument, through which experience is transmuted into sound." With self-mastery we begin by taking in the gifts of deep experience and then bestow these gifts outward in a flow of gratitude.

One strategy of artistic self-mastery is really seeing something.  When a fully lived experience passes deeply into us, it increases in both inner and outer meaning.

One gift of artistic self-mastery is self-confidence. This is the state of climbing out and up into a clear space.  Not into haughtiness but to a way of being that is active, autonomous, self-contained.

Great experiences fracture the acceptable truths of how we imagine our lives.  When our imagination is awakened--as it will be by learning the way of Balinese prayer, dance, theatre, cooking, music, painting, mask-making and ceremonial practices--revelation will emerge.  Discover the excitement of exploring the artistic mastery of Bali in this extraordinary itinerary offered by Mystic Traveller in Bali 2018.

For more information and to reserve your place email Alex Joy at