Phase 4: Mentorship — Age 65 to 85+

The Guiding Phase of Life-as-a-Craft

Charles Collins
Nov 24, 2020 · 3 min read

“Mentorship is the time when,

We turn our attention from the constant call of “I” to “Thou”.

— The Anonymous Craftswoman

Mentoring as an act, usually implies direct interaction in the role of guide, with the learner or mentee in a quality manner. In life, there are times and places when we are called upon to mentor another in the traditional sense, who is facing a challenge and needs a trusted advisor. But these situations as they may appear from time to time throughout our lives last a moment.

In the way of craftsmanship, the Mentorship Phase which spans a 20+ year time period, is not referring to the act of personal mentoring in the traditional sense, rather, it defines the fourth phase; the time period in the practice of life as a craft, during which the primary objective is to display and make accessible to those who would seek it, select masterworks, knowledge and skills development exercises as may be recorded in the Master’s Journal, pertaining to the craftsperson’s experience in the subjects they chose to practice from within each of the Five Elements, and an account of their practice of craftsmanship.

Which Artifacts to Select

In the Mentorship Phase the Master craftsman is focused on ‘selecting which masterpieces, craft-knowledge and skills to transfer’, and ‘selecting the appropriate vehicles for transferring these artifacts.

This is not a simple task. Making a masterpiece never is.

In the Japanese and broader Zen way of craftsmanship, is a principle known as Ma (pronounced “maah”) which recognizes the empty space or void between solid objects as a ‘thing’ in itself given form by the adjacent objects.

In the way of craftsmanship, where one’s craft work is intended to benefit the well-being of the world around us as well as oneself, these selected craft-work artifacts are the tangible contribution to one’s family heritage, and the vehicle for transmitting the message “I did this for all of us” to the next generations of apprentices.

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Life Masterpiece Journal

The how-to guide for crafting a masterpiece of your life.

Charles Collins

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Creator, Life Masterpiece Journal

Life Masterpiece Journal

Structured and practical, Life Masterpiece Journal is your how-to guide for crafting a masterpiece of your life. | Write for us: Publisher@MyLifeMasterpiece.com | Follow our publication.

Charles Collins

Written by

Creator, Life Masterpiece Journal

Life Masterpiece Journal

Structured and practical, Life Masterpiece Journal is your how-to guide for crafting a masterpiece of your life. | Write for us: Publisher@MyLifeMasterpiece.com | Follow our publication.

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