An amazing year in many ways. Opening my heart and facing the truth of my innermost childhood meanderings, spending two years on the collection, still in progress, The Children’s Home, a book of memories and imagination, an emerging saga of my stories and poetry.
From this writing and inner work, I now have a better comprehension of myself, including an awareness, self-acceptance and an understanding of the life long effects of emotional trauma, the life choices one makes in response to the need for survival and love, and the impact of social dislocation on children.
I am grateful for my spiritual connection to Meher Baba, who is often called the Awakener, and for the children’s home experience, as I see now that the seeds of my faith and compassion were sewn in those early years at Vista Del Mar Jewish Children’s Home. With the guidance of wonderful and inspiring sources for spiritual direction, my social worker, holistic health professionals and my own research as an independent scholar, along with the angels, this exploratory and purposeful work continues.
As I move forward, I am developing another book in progress, An Unconventional Heroine, stories and poems inspired by my life and my friendships as an outsider and a non-mainstream woman. Hopeful precursor to a new foundation. Collecting, revising, weaving the strands of being and identity.
A third collection for spiritual renewal embraces my devotional poems, in reverence for nature and Creator. I am sharing these poems in liturgical and secular settings. My first book, Wayward Star Devotional Poems, which I self-published in 2017, is still available.
I pray and affirm that I may have the sustenance to continue my creative life and calling. I am reminded of the Hebrew phrase, tikkun olam, the saying for healing and renewal of oneself and the planet.
Abstract art, intuitive insights with friends, times of prayer and reflection at my local Catholic church which is open daily — a blessing just down the road, such an important resource I can walk to as a non-driver — as well as visits to the local Episcopal church, receiving help with rides to the market and post office, love and reverence for nature, a place to live, healthy food, family and friends, beautiful books and clothes, I know and see all this through Meher Baba, the devotional source of holiness, mystery and truth.
I do believe that a transformative institute, a foundation, and my ongoing legacy to preserve and to more widely share the quality and unique nature of my work is a plan for now and the future. Thanks for being part of the treasure.
Sharon Lia Robinson, Artist Poet Independent Scholar www.sharonrobinson.org