The skill Allen focuses on at the beginning of Chapter 8 is noticing. Being aware of one’s mind already knows, and using solution toward keeping integrity with self. In other words, not responding with using a prescribed solution that does not meet with one’s values. This authentic means comes from within as well as outward. She suggests to practice patiences with taking any action that might have been provoked with anger or blame. The author broadens this to how this also shows within our culture. The practice of noticing not only in one’s studio, but also in one’s community and contributing to being authentic with mutual participation. One approach to build stronger communities is to review how one can offer service to a community with a broader focus of contributing to the well being of others, not only through art but also of service. Allen shares the story of Barbara and her work of Art for Peace, creating groups motivated in taking action through inquiry, engagement and celebration. Not always able to complete her goals as an art therapist within a secure adolescent treatment setting, she was able to contribute to a political awareness of the trauma her patients may have endured. Through the use of images, she demonstrated how “everyone is affected by the world’s pain."
I encourage you to buy a copy of Art is a Spiritual Path for a better understanding of your own creative process. Whether you're a master artist or beginning artist, this is an excellent book.