Let the world into your heart

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“I am inviting you to step back from your thoughts of the world to discover what remains when you retreat from all thoughts of the world. Then if the world reappears, it is discovered to be one and the same with what was discovered when there was no world. When you let what is true into your heart, you realise it is your heart that is true. You realize that the world is not separate from that.” -Gangaji

The above quotation is from this essay I read as a part of the weekly Awakin passages. I’m still at Casa de Paz and have been really enjoying all of my time here…(you can check out an earlier blog post about why it’s so special).  Since the person who usually does the drawings to go along with the passages sent to the folks who have RSVPed to come Friday was away for a meditation retreat, I was asked if I wanted to fill in 🙂

I may be sharing too much since the drawing’s supposed to be an anonymous contribution but I feel like it’s valuable to share the existence of this anonymous drawing system. That is, someone in the Casa de Paz community (no names of course ;)) draws a BEAUTIFUL drawing every Thursday night in response to the passage selected to be sent out that Friday and reflected on during the Awakin nights as a gift, without credit. I’ve been thinking about this person’s artistic gifts and the fact that only a handful of people know they are the person behind the drawings, and it’s such a beautiful act!

Here in the West, we care so very much about ownership, authorship, and authenticity.  And yet there’s a long history too of colonizers that banned certain cultural practices, only to revitalize them and give the original creators no credit.

And in the art world?  Certainly in the world of art galleries and museums, having an autograph on a painting or not can be the difference of several zeroes of its monetary value.  On the other end of the spectrum, I think of street art as embracing anonymity (most artists create under a street name), accessibility (it’s so visible), and vulnerability (for it may be painted over at anytime). In my opinion, all of these contribute greatly to its power to create change. But does that mean that being able to put a name to a piece lessens its power?

Of course, at a spiritual level (not that it’s separate from other levels), we cannot own anything, and nothing we create is truly ours if we realize that it is the sum of all of our relationships, experiences, etc. The quote by Gangaji was a good reminder of that too, and I was moved to share it with you.

Anyways, I’m long overdue a post about the whole tiny house experience (most of my friends know already that I sold my tiny house!) but I haven’t been moved to write it yet, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer :p I do feel pieces of it forming within me, but sense that I need them to ferment for another few weeks.

That’s it for now but I hope you like the illustration and my seed thoughts on anonymity 😉 Do you have thoughts on giving credit and the likes in the art world?




About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where many circles overlap. They’re a queer, multi-racial/lingual artist, activist & academic passionate about using common or discarded objects, stories, zines, and performance in public spaces to make accessible art. Their research examines how we practice “hope” and meaning through space, architecture and the environment. They’re currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where they were involved in queer Asian activism and making art, they received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what they learned under their publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. From 2014-2015 she lived in Ecuador and traveled by bicycle from Ecuador to Colombia cataloging traditional textiles, music and food. After returning, they built and lived in a mobile tiny house for a year (until selling it in May 2016).

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