PORTRAIT OF TRACY
This is my humble attempt at creating art in loving service to honor someone. It’s a feature profile of a woman that I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with. I proudly introduce a portrait of Tracy Schinagel. Here you'll see photos I took of her, and a question and response section below. Getting to know her has been a journey in the environment of relationships, with lessons in the territory of communication. This is what it means to dwell in the magnificence of the divine creators generosity.
She is a divine creation of the feminine archetype. She is special in the unique ways that she shows up. Her presence has made an impact in my life and the lives of others. Those who are familiarwith her, quickly recognize and are easily entertained through her radiant smile, playful attitude and generous character. Besides her appealing appearances, the attribute of generosity is remarkable as well, especially at this time in society.
Etymologically, the word generous has roots that trail back to; generate and genesis, which are related to origin and birth and resonates with the archetype of the feminine.
From my observation, this kind act of giving is the portal that opens up the power of potential in the present moment and makes a mutually beneficial relationship possible. Without this selfless sort of nature near the foundation, we fail to experience but only a fraction of life. She shares from the heart and her philosophical integrity is founded on the bedrock of generosity. I am a faithful witness to her sincere progression on the path of the awakening woman.
Tracy is not perfect, I am certainly not perfect either, as we move along our personal journeys. The mysterious dichotomy is that this is in itself, perfect. I believe that the graceful (and often difficult) thing to do is to go beyond just accepting someone for these majestic complexities or myriad contradictions and learn how to love them exactly as they are. Acceptance is more suited to what one does when the weather goes sideways. Love is what we do when someone important in our reality lives a life that we haven’t lived and struggle to understand. That is loving life, praising life, and proceeding accordingly.
I’m not saying that I necessarily struggle to comprehend Tracy. On the contrary, I always appreciate her and focus mainly on what I can learn and return in every situation. We would all be so fortunate to know someone like this to share a life, or at least a season with. Generous, humorous, talented, open minded, kind hearted, supportive and generally fun to be around.
She has been a source of happiness and adventure in my life and others'. One never knows when they’re gonna go. Death happens and comes to us all sooner or later. I’m glad I got the chance to share this glimpse into her life as it is now. Thank you Tracy for raising the bar and going further. You’re worth the attention and deserve to be honored. May this serve as a validating tribute for you and may your life be an example of inspiration to the young and old, the men and women and ultimately, to yourself.
She loves to sing. She loves to dance. She just plain old loves to have fun. Her home for the past few years has been at the sculptural art village Eliphanté where she resides in a renovated vintage trailer near Sedona Arizona. We traveled together on a couple of epic road trips. We decided to start a company. It’s called Practically Sacred Productions and we specialize in pop up dinner events and are developing a suite of inspired products that support a more vital life.
FROM HER FRIENDS
"When I met Tracy 14 yrs ago, it was obvious that she was a special energy of this world.
Through every corner a friendship can take, we have seen each other grow and expand in tremendous ways, being there for each other through the most difficult times life threw at us, while dancing on bartops, poppin bottles for the good times. Tracy is always someone you can rely on for pure honesty, true friendship and a consistent love of heart.
As friend babies, we used to ride our bikes every evening to watch the sunset and would engage in deep philosophical conversations that have now transcended almost a decade and a half. I think this is a good representation of Tracy as an individual. Someone that you can rely on to enjoy the observation of the changing tides of the universe, yet always be on the level with you.
I'm beyond honored to call her a spirit sister, and literally cannot imagine my life without her in it. She has played such an integral role in my own development by introducing me to people that have shaped my life for the better along with always being there in times of hardship. Tracy is one of a kind. If the rest of us could emulate anything close to her many wondrous attributes, the world would be dancing its face off, twerkin its bootie while the whole human family cheered its glasses of champagne.
We would easily traverse the stars having one hell of a good time doing it. Heres to that." ~ Christopher Vick
"To go through all of the beloved memories that construct my special perception of Tracy would take an ungraceful amount of time. To put it into written words can only scratch the epidermis of a beastly vulnerability.
Friendship is the first thing I experienced. The bar was immediately set high, and juxtaposed, I was shown love of non expectation. To be accepted beyond weirdness and self doubt is a powerful thing and more so; to help someone embrace. Somehow it's ostensibly facile when you have the endowment of the Sun sitting in your smile.
You were my first friend, and you will eventually be my wife, but until then... I can only hope to meet you again and again with reciprocating gratitude and grounds of expansion.
I have learned so much from her, regarding health, natural living, dancing, truly chilling, how to spend one night in Vegas efficiently.... passion for projects. One of the strongest things I've learned is not to Idolize anyone. You see me, I see you, and I feel such a relief that I know I can be a great and loving friend... to a great and loving person. I never doubt our authenticity.
I would work with her anywhere, dance with her anywhere, road trip with her anywhere, cook with her anytime, cry with her whenever pulled to do so. Ever evolving, ever loving." ~ Aime Eden
Portrait of Tracy; a tribute tune by Jaco Pastorius
FULL SPECTRUM PENETRATION
I designed 20 questions for Tracy and what follows below are her responses. I trust that there are people out there reading this that will find some things of value that resonate with you and serve to enrich your life in some way. Remember, in the above script or the dialog below, this isn’t just about Tracy or me, this is about all of us, what we share in common and all the golden threads that weave through the fabric of the life community.
How do you play and why is creative exploration important to you?
I see everything I do as play. It’s about how I approach a task and how I view it that will determine how I move through it. I experience creativity as something that flows through me not from me. When I am creating I feel the great cosmic force using me as a conduit.
How do you describe the work you do and what's your favorite part about it?
For me work is play. I am lucky enough that I have set up my life in a way that I get to express myself creatively through everything I do. Being a caregiver and land steward at Eliphante has opened up many ways for me to express myself while being fully connected with nature. My new endeavor, Practically Sacred Productions allows me to entertain through proving wholesome nourishing food and creating an inspiring and artistic atmosphere while co-creating with David Whipple who consistently challenges and inspires me.
How do you define success?
To me success means cultivating a happy and meaningful life.
What makes you feel successful in work and play?
Fulfilling my need for enjoyment and purpose while playfully engaging in something that enriches my life and the lives of others.
What times in your life truly challenged you and what did you learn about yourself by dealing (or not dealing) with them?
So far the most challenging experience I have faced was being hit by a car while riding my bicycle in San Francisco. I was badly injured and spent a few days in the hospital. It was a blessing in disguise as it made me appreciate this short precious life. It caused me to value my time, which made money less important to me while simultaneously making relationships and experiences more important.
What were the three best decisions you’ve ever made?
Moving to Eliphanté. Connecting with and having pet goats. Becoming self employed.
What three words would you say best reflect your character?
Loving. Thoughtful. Playful.
Who inspires you and why?
The most influential and inspiring teacher and guide for me has been Alan Watts. I discovered his teachings in my early twenties while I was moving through a depression that caused me to explore the dark inner depths of my mind. His jolly laugh, comforting voice and profound insights made a huge impact on my life.
What motivates you and why?
Success motivates me, when what I am doing or creating is well received by others it motivates me to continue to do more of that thing.
How do you choose to transform pain into pleasure?
Pain is just a perception so I attempt, usually with some success, to shift my perspective and change the story.
What does being a woman mean to you in the context of the modern feminine archetype?
To me, being a Woman means being in touch with my feminine core. I feel the most connected to that when I am listening to and following my intuition, when I am in creative expression, when I dance, and when I tend to my home space. To me being a woman means that I allow the universe to move me while I notice and honor its influence and deepen my connection with nature. I feel the most feminine when I am intimate with the world around me and allow my sexual expression to flow freely.
What advice can you give to girls growing up for cultivating a positive personal lifestyle?
The best advice I can give to girls growing up in this modern society is to accept yourself. Disregard all of the propaganda that tells you how to think, feel, and look. Honor your body temple and respect it. Don’t compare yourself to others, you are uniquely you and that is a precious gift.
What makes you feel excited and what can you imagine doing with that energy?
Being in love or in a sensual, mutually beneficial relationship excites me most. That giddiness that comes from thinking about someone that I hold in that romantic light encourages me to be the best version of myself, to exceed my own expectations, to radiate love and exude kindness and beauty. When I harness that energy I feel like I can achieve anything.
What is the best purchase you made under $300 last year?
I can’t think of any one thing I purchased that added value to my life. I prefer to spend money on experiences. I spent a great deal of time traveling last summer and that enriched my life in more ways than anything else.
What are your top three book recommendations and why?
1) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, this book inspired me to drop out of college and follow my own passions. It is a philosophical examination on how we experience life and how to improve it. It’s a story of love, fear, growth, discovery and acceptance that sends one on a deep exploration of their own values and purpose.
2) The Prophet, a collection of poetic essays that inspire and uplift. A friend introduced this book to me when I was 21 and it made a profound impact on my life values and overall way of being. I have always kept a copy and gifted copies to friends and lovers throughout the years. I often turn to it for quotes and inspiration.
3) Anything by Huraki Murakami, The first book I read by him was Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World and I was instantly hooked. Since then I have read pretty much everything he has written and I am never disappointed. He creates beautiful imagery with his words and guides his reader in and out of magnificent dreamlands and never before imagined landscapes. His books can be very psychological, focusing on the inner thoughts of one character or take you on an adventure to far away lands.
If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be and why?
I have a hard time thinking about things I would want to keep. I have spent a lot of time detaching from my possessions and I don’t let them determine my happiness or define who I am. If I had to say I guess it would be the practical things like my car, phone, computer, etc. but I also know all those are replaceable and I would be just fine without them.
What do you believe society needs more and less of right now?
More understanding, compassion, and connection with nature. Less violence, hate, separation and distractions.
What message do you want to share with everyone in the world?
Enjoy life, laugh at the challenges it presets you with and use them to gain strength and understanding. If I have learned anything during my short time on this planet it is that everything is constantly changing and being attached to anything or anyone only creates suffering.
If you could share your message on a billboard in one sentence, what would it say?
Be kind, love one another, love yourself and don’t take anything seriously.
What three things are you most thankful for?
My health. My home. My friends/family
Time is one of the most valuable things we have. Life is precious and too short to not notice what's underneath someone. Thank you for investing the gift of time to hear and see Tracy's life story so far. What better way to say we care, than by devoting some time to truly understanding life through the lens of another conscious person?
Thank you Tracy for loving life and choosing to be open when other's might be closed. It's been a pleasure to share your presence. I trust that you will continue to live in a manner of remaining awake, making a positive difference in life and conscious of the curiosities of death within the context of cyclical reality.
May you be richly nourished in the full spectrum celebration of a musical love supreme.