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The Power of Sleep to Unite Nature, Art, and the Senses

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
— William Shakespeare

Several years ago, I enrolled in a course in Eco-Art Therapy. This transformational counseling and self-discovery tool takes the participants through a nature-based discovery practice with the senses as a guide. The activities and the reflection take place over two days, so that the participant can sleep before reflecting on the experience in their journal.

What I discovered transformed the way I experience nature in a way that is difficult to explain. This method of connecting with the wordlessness of nature through self-expression creates a connection between your inner and outer life.

On a heart level, Eco-Art Therapy is a window into one’s soul that allows you to build a map to your most natural knowing self. Every lesson takes on new meaning as nature provides the answers you seek.

Rudolf Steiner understood the power of nature, art, and healing well. He realized the potential of sleep to unite us with the spiritual world through the digestion of the day's experiences when combined with the spiritual world. The idea of being aware of your senses can be hard to describe, which is why artistic expression can be a better window into a sensory experience. It can quiet the thinking mind and awaken the spiritual self.

This week, we bring you ways to experience the soul nourishment of the arts, through some of our favorite books and invite you to get out into nature and listen to her call.

To arrive at a truth or to create beauty that reflects the order and harmony of the Creator, we must always begin humbly, in ignorance and ugliness. By striving out of ignorance and ugliness toward the true and beautiful, both scientists and artists can bring new, creative forces into the world. Neither memorizing data nor copying a beautiful drawing engages the true imagination of students as does drawing a flower from life. It is precisely this lack of an active, striving inner creativity that can result in the frequently overwhelming feelings of anxiety and alienation experienced by so many people today. As a counterbalance, education must—in all areas of knowledge—increasingly focus on the personal creation of what, through its beauty, speaks truth and through its truth radiates beauty. 

Drawing from the Book of Nature is about both drawing and the natural world of plants and animals. It is a valuable resource for teachers, students, and anyone who wants to develop a capacity for artistic observation of natural phenomena.

Dennis Klocek provides a refreshing combination of depth and clarity, offering a wealth of insight into the lives that constitute living nature. The text is supported by easy-to-follow lessons that help the reader bring the kingdoms of nature to life on paper. This book is a resource through which teachers, students, and others can find their own way toward reuniting with beauty and truth.