There is no blank slate upon which works of true originality are composed, no void out of which total novelty is created. Nothing is original because everything is an influence; everything is original because no influence makes its way into our art untransmuted by our imagination.* Maria Popova
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original ad creative our time will become.** John O’Donohue
Open the space of your originality, Be as open as open as possible to as many and as much for as long as possible.
May you find the relationship with all that is, So that you will be both changed and changer.
When you have named your dragon, how will you face it?
Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts name six archetypes:
a. The Innocent (doesn’t know the dragon exists) b. The Orphan (overwhelmed or consumed by the dragon) c. The Martyr (persecuted by the dragon) d. The Wanderer (avoids the dragon) e. The Warrior (fights the dragon) f. The Sorcerer (accepts the dragon)*
You will see how it is possible to be all of these at some point in facing our dragon, But arguably the healthiest, or so it seems to me, Is to become a sorcerer, Using our alchemistic powers to receive and transform the dragon.
I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.* Joseph Campbell
I want to know I have lived.
The important thing may not be for me to see the fruit, Perhaps I will have to take these by faith.
The important thing, Or so it seems, Is to know I am doing the right things, Most of the time, For the sake of others.
For this, I open my mind: Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts. I open my heart, Feelings, feelings, feelings. But beyond these, A generative field field of possibility, possibility, possibility.
religion and philosophy what I’d learned in the churches and schools were all too heavy for this travelling life all that remained to me was poetry but a poetry as unobtrusive as breathing a poetry like the wind and the maple leaf that I spoke to myself moving over the land**
Being creative is not only about thinking: it is about feeling. … Feelings, hunches, subconscious perceptions and intuitions can all play a central part in creative work, and not only in the arts.* Ken Robinson
In which areas of your life are you still holding back until you feel like you know what you’re doing?** Oliver Burkeman
I’d rather stay in here, thinking, Then be out there, feeling.
People get hurt out there all the time. Sometimes they never recover.
Perhaps missing out on possibility is a price worth paying, But is this life?
Maybe this is the greatest quest of all, Outside of myself, In the endless undiscovered?
Perhaps that was the real guest of this adventure, the infinite quest for connection with everything, everyone, everywhere, always – the quest to let down my barriers, let go of my agendas and expectations, and simply be open to who and what may come, now and next.^
Karen Armstrong assures me there are three outcomes to this stepping out of myself, This experience of ekstasis, And they are:
(1) to recognise and appreciate the unknown and unknowable; (2) to become sensitive to over-confident assertions of certainty in ourselves and other people; and (3) to make ourselves aware of the numinous mystery of each human being we encounter during the day.^^
It feels like this could be quite a day.
A simple exercise to try: At an appropriate moment, Stop what you’re doing, Take one step forward as a physical expression for stepping outside of yourself. Whether you are looking upon a natural or human scene, Allow it to come to you without preconceptions or labels. Simply be curious, For a moment, And see what happens, Or wantS to happen.
I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become.* Carl Jung
But true healing and transformation come from being able to sponsor the wound, sponsor the demon, sponsor the shadow.** Robert Dilts
We too easily dismiss parts of our lives as unimportant, Or undesirable, Or unpleasant.
We hide them away, Not wanting to afford any light to these, For our own sake, And certainly not for others to know of them or to see them.
It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, more the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.^
There is the possibility that we are limiting our story –
a story is an account of a character, in a set of circumstances, facing choices, who undergoes change^^ –
The possibility that our largest story involves making a space for our wound, our demon, our shadow, To hear what it wishes to speak to us, or to show to us, or simply to hold us in. Beyond it’s clumsy and crass way of catching our attention.
We each carry within a wound and a gift. Sometimes our wound is our gift.
We may first need someone to be our sponsor, Or be this sponsor to ourselves. Without judgement, Curious, listening, inquiring, allowing for transformation. Making it possible for us to unwrap our larger story that is our unique version of life-in-all-its-fullness.