Sky Art has been around for 3000 years. On
the parched desert plains of Peru, giant birds, whales,
gods and geometric figures can still be seen etched upon
the Earth. Why did the ancients create these geomorphs that
only make sense when viewed from the vantage point of clouds
and eagles? Why pursue this art form today? Art For the Sky is an
application of teachings inspired by the anceints, that dissovle separation and help bring us back into right
relationship with the Sky, the Earth and one another.
An Ecology For the Soul
1. I n t e n t i o n:Intention is the foundation of all creation. It is the starting point of our thought process in which we formulate what we wish to create. We think about it. We dream about it. Sometimes it helps to create a "future memory". And from those thoughts and feelings we set the universe . . . and our lives . . . in motion. Each sky art creation begins with an intention to make the world a better place for the creature we embody on the field, to be kind to our school mates, to always do our best and to begin a new relationship with the sky.
2. C o l l a b o r a t i o n:We are most powerful when we operate in unity: community. Giving the students and staff of a school the opportunity to succeed together as ONE in the creation of something magnificent is an incredible community strengthening experience. Knowing how to be a team player and collaborate is crucial to leading a successful life. When we THINK BIG and collaborate with others we always make the greatest difference. The experience of being a single part of a magnificent whole is a rare and special gift that will serve us our entire lives!
3.I n t e r c o n n e c t i o n: The sense that the world can be divided into "me" and "not me" is not only the source of bullying problems in school, but of all the ecological crisises the confront modern times. What we do to the Earth, to the Sky and to each other . . . we do to ourselves. An unkind act will always return to us in some form. Art For the Sky creates an experience where participants discover bodlily that we are indeed all connected as ONE. The actions of each one of us affect the whole . . . and when we work in unity . . . comm-unity . . we achieve our highest potential. In the sky art we create together, everyone is of equal importance and vital to its beauty and "health." This is a perfect metaphor for how nature works. Just as we need each individual for our design to work, in Nature we need ALL the myriad communities and species of nature intact to sustain a healthy planet.
4.S k y - S i g h t:The father of wholistic thinking, Immanuel Kant said: "For peace to reign on Earth humans must evolve into new beings who have learned to see the whole first." This ability to see the whole first, which I believe lies hidden within us, is what Art For the Sky seeks to awaken. I call it our "skysight." Our individual and societal problems may be compared to a sky art image. Both resist understanding from a localizied, ground level perspective, like not being able to see "the forest for the trees". Training our imaginations to rise above our problems and see the Big Picture, to see how each part fits into the whole is a vital skill that can lead us to the most creative solutions. We need to learn to see through the eyes of all beingsand through the eyes of future generations. (See the short video at the bottom this page!) Crucial decisons affecting the lives of everyone on the planet are made daily under conditions that virtually guarantee failure . . . from a limited perspective, from a view that is simply, too small. This must change! Awakening our Sky-Sight is critical to our survival. The girl below demonstrates the skysight sign, two fingers over the "third eye", the area in our brain that houses our skysight. We only need to awaken it! Begin HERE!.
TTHE SKYSIGHT SIGN
5.G r a t i t u d e and Apology: Participants are encouraged to view this fleeting art in the indigenous tradition of "The Giveaway" . . . a gift from hundreds of hearts beating together. . . from Earth to Sky, honoring all the blessings of life on Earth. The experience of BEING the art and then releasing it, is a model of gratitude that is ever lasting.Our creations are also and apology to the sky, our atmosphere, for treating it like a sewer since we starting burning fossil fuels thus creating the climate crisis we now face.
I m p e r m a n e n c e: Art that leaves no trace is a lesson in impermanence, an understanding that nothing lasts, everything is always changing and we must appreciate each moment as precious. This is how nature works and fighting against it always causes suffering. A saying has developed over time with this art: "Impermanence Rocks!" Children bodily experience the impermanent nature of all things as the image dissolves at the conclusion of each event.
The short video below is what "seeing through the eyes of everything"
is all about. May your skysight awaken a bit as you watch!