the images that feed us


“Marion Woodman, Canadian mythopoetic author and analyst, wrote that ‘the images upon which we feed govern our lives.’ We’re fed images all day long that fuel our cravings and our anxieties.”

Changing from a world based on buying and selling (I first read that as bullying- hmm same thing?) to a world fueled by creative pursuits that bring joy as well as justice and harmony means attentiveness to changing our consciousness. “Imagine a world where we were privy to the art being created by people who understand their role as culture-makers. Imagine visiting the worlds and minds and studios of people who are actively creating with an intention of justice and harmony.” *

Last Friday I was the voice of the Giant Sturgeon, in a puppet play for the Traverse City Film Festival created by my housemate, directress, as she likes to call herself, Penny Krebiehl, musician Rocco Jans and the 4 youngsters ranging in age from 6 to 14, attending the 2 – week OK Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players Camp. The play, In the Night Kitchen and Way Beyond, honored Maurice Sendak and included his inspirers Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson and Mickey Mouse. The theme of the 16 minute play was that with attention, communication, creativity and joy we can move through perilous times.

I’ve known Penny for 20 years. She is a fine artist, creative cartoonist and evolutionary permaculture teacher and urban farmer. Visiting her studio I asked her the following questions from the Cultural Creatives web site.  A combination of my words and hers, follow. Hers in blue, my comments in purple…

Do you consider yourself an evolutionary creative?  There is an evolutionary loop – we are in that loop – she made the infinity, figure 8 sign with her finger.

Do you have a sense that your work can fuel the social imagination of your town or community?   I’m not thinking about that when I create.

Do you know what you’re drawing attention to and why?  Are you inspiring people?” Kids are so bored. It’s not right to accept boredom. Good silly business needs to happen. I suggested that she was inspiring the children she worked with and reminded her of some of the characters in the play. She thought of one child in particular who is dealing with many difficult changes in her 9 years. We talked about a line from the play this child repeated in the voice of Emily Dickenson.

“Wait, do you remember that beautiful music that brought me out of my interior solitude…” Then Penny said; My goal is to make room for the creative process…  people are fearful of being creative… we are dumbed down to ignore our fear… we, the children and I, talked about how confusing it is when we are scared – we move right to anger… instead of saying I’m scared.  There is where serious stuff happens. I wondered if anyone in the audience “got the ideas in the play.” Penny laughed and said, “It’s art.” We both laughed and repeated, “It’s just art.”


In a conversation with Tim Dechristopher, titled What Love Looks Like, Terry Tempest Williams quoted Breyten Breytenbach; “You Americans have mastered the art of living with the unacceptable.” Terry says, my next question to him was, “So what do we do?” And he said, “Support people on the margins. Because it’s from the margins that the center is moved.”

About Marian Methner, B.S., D.Min.

Polydox: accepting that we are many labels, I am mother of 4, mother in law (love) of 4 and grandmother of 5. My life is a collection of bits and starts. I was recently on the road for over a year exploring ideas of living in shared housing. A recent summer course in Permaculture design, solidifed my interest in "social permaculture" or ways we interact not only with our Earthly environment but also with each other. I am back Bellingham, Washington, in a small rental house, owned by my ex husband, talk about shared housing, practicing living in community with family, and friends. My doctoral dissertation A Map to Living Open Heartedly, centers around making art as a way to healing. Paradoxiclly, a recent diagnoses of heart failure (cardiomyopathy) expands this exploration...
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1 Response to the images that feed us

  1. Joared says:

    Really enjoyed this exchange and ideas about art and what it can accomplish influencing our mental state, attitudes and I whole-heartedly agree — what would the world be like? I also believe language in our head mediates our actions — the words we use.

    I do like the quote you gave here:
    “Support people on the margins. Because it’s from the margins that the center is moved.”

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