•  It is by allowing your emotions to surface that your mask of resistance will dissolve and you will be free.  ~  Peter Sanderson

He makes masks…extraordinary masks. They are always stunning and alive with spirit. Some are haunting. All are exquisitely beautiful. Hours of meticulous attention goes into the birthing of each one. Once you meet him (or one of his masks), you will never forget him. His name is Peter Sanderson, and I am blessed to call him my friend.

In addition to being an exceptional artist, Peter is also a deeply spiritual man, a poet, and intuitive healer. He is one of those rare human beings that lives amongst us, silently and sacredly doing his work. His presence and wisdom are a gift, and I am honored to share his thoughts about the spirit of reverence.

Briefly, what are your thoughts on reverence as it pertains to the world today?

Reverence is really a personal journey. Today, the world and the earthlings have lost the meaning of it, not necessarily by choice, but by embracing the illusions of everyday life.

I am an optimist, and even though the picture of the world is quite stressful, I believe that many are going back to rediscover reverence and practice it. Of course it is important to know that reverence starts with self.

When one embraces reverence, the vibrancy of the body resonates a melodic tone.

The tapestry of life is teaching us that the maddening lifestyle that some of us are dancing with does not work. And that is, albeit slowly, bringing changes. Reverence is very patient.

What are one or two ways that you practice reverence regularly?

I practice reverence by a morning meditation, remembering that I am a sacred being in a physical form. I pay clear attention to my thought process so as not to be polluted by negative thinking. I remain in the positive and forgive myself if I deviate. We have that choice constantly.

Also, I acknowledge the beauty that I am surrounded by. As an artist who works with flowers, I am always in reverence of the beauty, energy and the gift that the plant kingdom gives me, plus the joy.

What advice can you give my humble readers for becoming more reverent?

Reverence, as I said earlier, is a personal journey, and each one of us has to find it within. That’s why it is called a sacred place. Reverence might be shy at first, but it is there waiting.

Practice gentleness with self and others.

Pay attention to self-criticism when it appears in the mind. Just allow its presence to visit, and then with love and understanding, release it. Have a smile for yourself and the world. You might think no one notices, but the unseen always does. Reverence is then shown to us.

Peter Sanderson was born in 1942 in Cannes, the French Riviera. He lived in Paris, France where he majored in drama and performed in classical plays. In 1975, Peter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Pursuing his spiritual path, Peter embarked on the adventure of mask making by listening carefully to the spirit of the mask and of nature. As an intuitive, his consciousness is open to receiving the gifts that each mask wants to convey. The mask is a healer and its language is poetic and symbolic. Through his mask workshops, he offers participants a Shamanic journey into self. His masks are on display at the Avalon Gallery in Carmel, California. His masks are also in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Peter is also a poet, healer, teacher, and co-founder of Introspective Movement, a group of artists integrating art and spirituality. Peter works out of Alameda, California and travels internationally for workshops and lectures.





  • Right now, there is a force calling us forth to be beautiful, to be completely and absolutely and openly ourselves. Yes, it is a very persistent and fierce force, like truth always is, because, as Andrew Harvey says, ‘Everything is at stake, and everything is possible.’ This force is compelling women to blossom. Fully. In all our feminine majesty. It is time. ~  Julie Daley

If you are not familiar with Julie Daley’s, Unabashedly Female blog, you are missing out on one of the most inspiring woman writers today celebrating the sacred feminine, beauty, and sensuality. I’m a huge fan.

There is something very raw, honest and bold about Julie’s writing. She knows how to connect with her readers and she makes all women proud to be female. But also, this woman exudes love, a deep kind of love that makes you feel safe in the world.

More importantly, Julie shines a light on the importance of all humans honoring the feminine essence and soul, and that our very survival as a species may be riding on this. I couldn’t agree more.

I am honored and thrilled to share her thoughts on reverence, and most grateful for her time. I welcome your comments below.

Briefly, what are your thoughts on reverence as it pertains to the world today?

When I consider reverence, I see it as a two-way mirror. I haven’t always seen it that way.

It’s only after a whole bunch of deep inner work that I’ve come to know that the depth of love we feel for the outer world is directly tied to the depth of love we feel within ourselves, for ourselves.

When you’ve spent your whole life longing to be deeply loved, the kind of love that young children need to feel they belong here, and then you finally come to know that depth of love, deep in your heart, everything changes. For me, I came to realize, in my body, that I am a part of this earth and a part of everything that exists, both in the outer realm and in the inner realm.

In our culture, to pay reverence is to bow with deep respect. But what happens often is a kind of outward projection of one’s own worthiness, holiness and purity onto another person. When this happens, there is no balance between the inner and outer worlds.

It’s not healthy when reverence is only facing outside. When we are projecting reverence onto others and see them more worthy of respect, somewhere inside we can feel that it is not true. Somewhere, if we are really honest with ourselves, we know this. Nor is an attitude of reverence healthy when it is simply looking within. Then it is narcissism.

When you are in the world in a state of reverence, you very clearly see and feel that everything is alive. This life force that infuses everything is sacred. Walking in the world in reverence wakes us up to the lived experience of the sacredness in matter. Again, to know this fully, we know it both in the inner world and in the outer world.

Healthy reverence, like healthy love, is like a mirror. AND, when I am truly open to the divine, I am in awe…complete and total awe. This human self cannot even comprehend, on any level, the vastness of this love. This love is something I, as a human being, can never really know; at least that’s been my experience.

Yes, it’s paradoxical.

What are one or two ways that you practice reverence regularly?

I think you are familiar with the pictures I take? For me, this is a reverential practice. It’s as if I am drawn to flowers, especially when the light comes through the petals. The beauty of flowers captivates me.

A second practice is my dance practice. I’ve been doing the 5Rhythms for ten years, now.

I absolutely love to dance and it is a beautiful way to pay reverence to the body and soul, and to life itself. Dance is a way to celebrate the very miracle of being alive in a body, the joy of pure expression by moving to another sacred art form – music.

What advice can you give my humble readers for becoming more reverent?

Tune into the offering that life is. When we withhold our own love, we are withholding the very offering that is life. In every moment, all is given. Can you open to this, not as a thought but as lived experience?

Life is a flow of giving and receiving. Open your heart to what life is offering. Receive it in, fully. Be nourished by it. Feel the essence of this love deep within your heart. Recognize that there is never a shortage of love, except when we withhold it.

Then we believe it is scarce. This has been something that’s taken me decades to really know.

When we feel the experience of receiving such grace, we can’t help but feel the corresponding yearning to give of ourselves from the deepest places of the heart and soul.

About Julie: A dancer at heart, Julie would love nothing more than to live her life and do her work from the dance floor. Ten years in the practice of 5Rhythms has opened her to the joy and wildness that is at the heart of women’s creativity. A writer, teacher, coach, and yes, dancer, Julie savors life playing with her wee grandchildren, and serving the women and men who are called to work with her. Julie is happiest when she is breathing through her feet. Connect with Julie on Twitter.