instagram pinterest linkedin facebook twitter goodreads facebook circle twitter circle linkedin circle instagram circle goodreads circle pinterest circle

Reflections in the Silver Cup

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Part IV



My interview with Tina appears in four parts, to be followed by a piece on a painting of hers that hangs in my living room. In Part IV she talks about a transformative past life regression, about her training as an art therapist, and her current spiritual practices.

“You’ve said that you still believe in God. How do you perceive God now?” I asked.

“I want to tell you about this because I was really confused about this priest, and about when people say something that I think is BS. Usually I don’t speak a lot about my faith. But a long time ago a woman offered me a regression. My question was, ‘Why do I feel I belong in the Church, but in my own way?’

“So I came to this past life. I don’t know if it’s true, but Read More 
Be the first to comment

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Part III



My interview with Tina appears in four parts, to be followed by a piece on a painting of hers that hangs in my living room. In Part III she talks about how marriage and mothering have impacted her spirituality and about how yoga and meditation helped her deal with two devastating fires in her business.

We sat for a moment and thought quietly about this. Then I asked, “How has marriage affected your spirituality?”

“Being with Rudi gives me a lot of stability. I know who to love. A lot of the confusion from my younger days is gone. And I know where we live. Because I’m very bevægelig (easily shifting). He’s not. That’s helpful. Secure. It’s a big part of sharing or being in a community. Centering my life in family is strong; it makes me take part in being here. I believe we are here; we belong here. It’s good for my core task. I need to be in balance. It’s very helpful.

“Of course it can be disturbing too because Read More 
Be the first to comment

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Part II



In September, 2015, I interviewed my friend Tina Kragh Rusfort in the village of Vester Skerninge, Denmark. I posted the interview in four parts in May, 2016, followed by a piece on a painting of hers that hangs in my living room. I'm reposting my interview with her because it will be followed by a new interview that represents a companion piece to this one. And because what Tina has to say about spirituality and creativity is of value.

“How did you experience your spirituality as a young adult?” I asked.

“I experienced it as connected to creating. I had my special, sacred place with my paintings. To paint I needed to be alone, so I set up a nice area with a high quality of aloneness. I loved my colors. I fell in love with them when I was making them wet. So they would be ready for the alchemy. I would surrender to them, making a draft with pen. Then I would let the color talk because it would translate my feelings, so when I concentrated on one area of the motif—it might be a young couple or a woman in the garden—I wouldn’t control it. The motif would tell me its story. I had a lot of those pictures. Wet and wet.”

I was fascinated, though not at all surprised, since I’ve known Tina for a long time, by the interplay of imagery and spirituality in her life. I asked if there was more.

“Privateness,” she said. I wouldn’t know how  Read More 
Be the first to comment

TO DRINK FROM THE SILVER CUP

Tina on the Danish island of Bjørnø

SPIRITUALITY AND CREATIVITY
Part I



My interview with Tina will appear in four parts, to be followed by a piece on a painting of hers that hangs in my living room.

I have known Tina Kragh Rusfort since the first time I lived in the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School’s Copenhagen ashram in 1991. In fact, that first time, I sublet her room for part of the time. Since I was only in Denmark for the summer then, I’d get shunted around from room to room, but I was glad to have a place to stay. I was there so Cheyenne could spend time with her other mom and her dad’s family, both of whom are Danish.

Most of the folks in the ashram were Read More 
Be the first to comment