“A blessing is not the function of a particular role. It is the natural expression of the fiery love and inclusiveness of our inner spirit. It is the manifestation of a soulfire, and each of us can be its hearth. To bless us is not the prerogative only of ministers, priests, and rabbis; it is not the exclusive domain of saints and holy people. It is a natural human ability, and anyone can do it.” David Spangler
The Conspiracy of Blessings is a gift economy art project. Creative blessings may look like love-bombing my city with friendly cards or giving an art blessing to someone I see is struggling or sending art blessing packages out to people – packages for people who’ve requested them for themselves and others, as well as gratitude packages to people who’ve touched my heart in a special way. In the recent past packages included a handmade item with a card and 2 or 3 inspirational poems printed with beautiful images or on pretty paper.
I created a Facebook page as a way for recipients to interact with the project and share their experiences with finding and receiving these gifts. I also share resources regarding generosity, gift economies, community building, etc. This project has been active off and on since 2006. It began as an anonymous blog.
I make and share these blessings because I believe a better world is possible, a world where we build each other up & care for each other in small and tender ways. I believe in community & creating a sense of belonging for EVERYONE. I believe in transforming pain & suffering into something beautiful & meaningful.
I do this because I am an empath who feels the world’s pain in deep & profound ways. I am an artist who uses my empathy as a catalyst for transmuting pain into beauty & suffering into tenderness. As I recently phrased it in an especially heart-achey time, sometimes that means that I sew the fuck out of my feelings.