Our meeting with Craig was to be as soft and gentle as the soul himself. We arrived early for our meeting, the waves lapping the shore, the breeze bringing a chill to the air. Although we were surrounded by breath-taking mandalas and exquisite sand art, the man himself was not to be seen. Elie and I wandered the works in silence, the intricacy and artistry quite overwhelming. I was Mindfull not to tread on what felt like a masterpiece. From amidst the rocks appeared a figure, dressed in shades of blue with a rake over his shoulder. We had found our soul. Craig had retreated after creating his sand work and told us, that this was essential. Time to integrate after each piece imperative. In Craig’s words. “It's demanding as in each drawing is a spiritual healing, sometimes even a rebirthing, so having a rebirthing every day is challenging”
Craig has been an artist at Main Beach Byron Bay for over 20 years, he is a luminary in our town and his works are shown all around the world as travellers take photos back home. Why Main Beach, Byron? “ I am wanting to share with many people." His genuine mission is to spread the love. Craig never plans what he will draw in the sand, it just comes 'through' his rake. "So it's channelled?" I ask? "No, not channelled, he insists." Personally, I found it quite mystical. No, Craig just does what he does. It is what it is. - the works just come through him. - " I stick the rake in the sand and there is a picture, to the point where my rake will end up on my shoulder and I know that's the end of the picture, so I have no control over the picture at all”. I was getting goosebumps and feeling like another brushing with the divine. Craig on the other hand, un-wavered and deeply humble. Craig believes that his pictures are an example of what we can do as individuals, to spread the message of love and hope. Craig not really fazed, he doesn't feel that he is special or that he is an even an artist, his genuine mission is simply to "spread the love". I can’t help but be moved and excited by how simple it is for this man to spread the love.
One of the things I found interesting, was that Craig has no attachment to the pictures. I was ready to stop someone walking on his work, Craig reminded me of a beautiful teaching. A teaching in the art and gift of non-attachment to the material. In Craig's words." I'm in love my life and life loves me, and I try to give what I can to that, it doesn't cost me anything but my time”Enter Sigh! I am loving the common thread throughout our Souls project. One that sees people's happiness levels concurrent with that of being of service. The most joyous ones that I encounter have an almighty desire, one that is from within, not an external drive for money or power or image. An internal guidance to do what they love, and that my friends, is the place where magic is created. xxx