By James Madison West
You’re ready for a change. Just like the world around you, your life is turning upside-down. It’s scary, and awe-inspiring, and it’s real. So much that seemed impossible is becoming possible – and only you can determine your purpose in our emerging world.
I came to the Social Artistry Odyssey in 2014 with a heavy heart and big dreams. I was timid with my goals. I had been asking a friend about how I might market a small performance arts community I was producing in Dallas, and after we determined that my vision for the community was pretty unclear, she suggested I attend Odyssey to level up my "artistic community leadership skills."
I returned home after Odyssey with much more than leadership skills – I felt more centered than ever before. Although I struggled to name it, I had a sense of purpose. A friend I’ve known since the 6th grade told me, “It’s like the raging storm that’s always been in you has been tamed – it’s still there, but you’re using it to your advantage.”
I have to admit that the awareness I achieved at Odyssey opened my heart to some of the most difficult experiences I’ve ever had. We live out the same old broken patterns and stories we developed from childhood traumas until we learn to break from them and live new stories. That was the price I paid for my newfound knowledge of myself -- I was living the same broken story, but now I was completely aware of it.
I have rejection issues. It took me two more years to be able to name that, and Odyssey was the call to adventure for my journey toward unprecedented self-discovery which revealed that.
Since Odyssey, I’ve learned to love myself and others more deeply than I ever imagined was possible. I’ve organized communities, changed lives through performance art, and even found peace in my career. I try not to “work” if I can help it, and instead focus on being “playful” with my obligations. Below is a photo that resulted from completing a school assignment.
The Odyssey transformed my paperback life into a space opera. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to name my purpose, but I trust that whatever it is, I’m living it regardless of its name.
Welcome to our community blog! We are here to share our stories, our insights, and our wholeness, as well as to give you practices, meditations and daily wisdom to integrate Social Artistry into your life.
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