Patti Digh is working on a new alphabet - backwards. I only know of one other person who works their alphabets backwards, my sister Lynda. So I am intrigued. How will Patti do this.
Well for starters she has invited artists to play with her by sending in illustrations of each essay. I can't resist playing. I should have known she would raise the bar. Her word for Z - ZWISCHENRAUM
Oh, please. But I had raised my hand, right? And let me say this, when you enter a game on Patti's field be prepared for finding treasure.
Zwischenraum - a word totally new to me - but I read through this essay, and re-read other of Patti's essays that touch it and then following her lead surfed with her until I touched down on Practically Creative and read Nancy Waldman's essay - Ah, this I understood. This felt right for me.
Zwischenraum - ah, yes. I seek it every day and often find it - through making art work.
The resting space
The place to feel the magic of creation
The space where I have a chance of being most myself
The space where I reach new understandings.
The place where I am most human.
Where I am open to encountering differences
and learning from them
Where I am open to letting go of my ardent desire to be right.
The space where I am most open to change.
In this digitally altered collage the red circle represents that space.
There is no map to chart your course to the entrance and it is difficult to find it.
Once inside it is hard to keep to the quiet of its possibilities.
The world with all its distractions and rules prowls and clamors around that space -
pressing in on it -
on good days
I am strong enough to block them out.
How about you? Where is your ZWISCHENRAUM -
your space between -
your resting place -
the place where you find your spiritual richness to initiate change?