There are many difficult riches trapped in the shadow side. Jung said the shadow held 90 per cent gold.*
With vision above and reality at the base, creativity resides between the two.**
I found myself exploring two themes this morning.
One: the need to do the creative bit in the middle, between reality and imagination.
Two: the need to get on with people by engaging the “gratitude tense“:
Don’t fight with people, study them.^
I wondered whether these themes might come together in some way?
Perhaps we imagine a different reality but we have to somehow give it form.
Unexpected others may be the best way into this creativity.
May we listen gratefully for as long as we are able.
*From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
**From Kelly Bird’s Generative Scribing;
^A slightly altered phrase from Austin Kleon’s advice for Thanksgiving “Don’t fight with your family., study them: A gratitude zine.