Monday, April 25, 2011

Katie's Credo

About a week ago we went to a Memorial for my friend Pat O'Connor's wife, Katie Serewicz.  She was only 61 years of age.  This Memorial was really a celebration of Katie's life with songs, dance and lots of pictures. Katie was Creative Director and one of the founders of The Art Experience (Pontiac, Michigan), art therapist and art teacher.  She died on March 15th, 2011 after surviving a ruptured cerebral aneurysm in December of 2009.  The Art Experience is a place for special needs art therapy. 

On the back of the program handout was a Credo that Katie followed.  I thought it worth preserving here on my blog as it is an excellent Credo!  A Credo according to Wikipedia is a statement of belief.  I had to look up several things so here are my findings.

A "bodhisattvas" is:  a person who has attained prajna, or Enlightenment, but who postpones Nirvana in order to help others to attain Enlightenment: individual Bodhisattvas are the subjects of devotion in certain sects and are often represented in painting and sculpture.  A couple photos show different bodhisattvas below along with a cave painting at Lascaux.


Here is Katie's Credo:

I believe in the cave paintings at Lascaux    
the beauty of the clavicle
the journey of the salmon
I believe in all the gods
I just don't like some of them.
I believe the war is always against
the imagination, is recurring, repetitive and relentless.
I believe in fairies, elves, angles and bodhisattvas,
Santa Claus and
the Tooth Fairy.
I have seen and heard ghosts.
I believe Raven invented the Earth
And so did Coyote.
In archeology lies the clues.
The threshold is numinous and the way in is the way out.
I believe in the alphabets, all of them
and the stories seeping from their letters.
I believe in dance as prayer,
that the heart beat invented rhythm and chant.
Or is it the other way around
I believe in the wisdom of the body.
I believe that art saves lives and love makes it worth living
And that could be the other way around too.

I love this Credo -- Katie's Credo-- and I hope Katie doesn't mind if I follow it too!