THE IN-BETWEEN SPACE -- part II

                         

"Autumn Goddess"                                                                                         CK Walsh

"Autumn Goddess"                                                                                         CK Walsh

                               I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts                                                                        when I wake up every morning... Every day I find                                                something creative to do with my life.  Musician, Miles Davis

In my last post I wrote about experiencing postpartum depression due to being in an “in between space” -- that is, the period of time after completing one creative project, but before I am inspired to begin another. I was feeling impatient and yearned for an inspiration to arise and fill that empty space. The good news is that it always ends. This time my new inspirations arrived in the form of complex, layered photographs.  I just needed to be patient with the process.  (One new "photo-painting" is shown above.) 

It did occur to me, when I was feeling rather blue, that we are all living in an in-between space.

Picture a gravestone with the dates on it, marking the beginning and ending of someone’s life, i.e. "Born in 1900, died in 1975." Those dates define the in-between space in which we all live. In order to feel fulfilled this in-between space needs to be filled with something meaningful, and only we can define what that is, and then determine how we will express it.  

                                   Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.                                                   We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one                                                     of us is born with creativity.  Maya Angelou

Something is personally meaningful when it both represents and resonates with our heart, soul and spirit.

If we were to ignore the importance of this issue, when we reach old age we would probably experience regret about things we wished we could have done. I have known people who experienced this and it's sad to witness.

This is why I am currently on a mission to promote creative thinking and action in everyone’s life – no matter what your age -- because I believe the creative process is what helps us determine what resonates with our hearts, spirits and souls.

When we are born, that space in between is empty and no one can predict what will happen.  No one else can determine what will make our lives meaningful.  Only maturation, self-awareness and conscious choice-making help us do that. No matter what we choose, our most important task in life is to search for, and then fill that empty space in between. 

Can you answer these questions?


1.  What do you want to manifest during your life’s in-between space – that remaining space          before your death?

2.  What will make the rest of your life the most meaningful?

3.  What is the connecting purposeful factor between all of your choices.

My life is defined around the use of creativity, to heal others via various forms of communication. I use it in my practice as a therapist and personal coach, and also as an artist and writer. In each of these endeavors, creative thinking and action is required.

Everyone can identify the primary motivational factor in their lives, and/or the defining link between all of your important choices.  If you are really stuck, you might talk to family and friends – people you trust to give you good feedback about who you are.  Or, consult an astrologer.  But, best of all, do some stream-of-consciousness writing. That means to just write words, without thinking. Just let the writing flow.

Begin by answering these questions:

v    Who am I as a man/woman in this world, today?

v    What do I like about myself?

v    What do I see as my purpose here on this earth?

v    If this (whatever you have chosen) is my purpose, what new choices do I need to make for              myself to fulfill this purpose?

                          “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break                                    out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the                                              unfamiliar and the unknown.”  Writer, Denis Waitley

                          “A lot of people forget how important it is to be creative. We get caught                                     up in getting ahead and in day-to-day minutiae. But creativity is a                                                 fundamental mode of expression, as is being tenacious and standing by                                       your own convictions and passions, even if it's not the 'popular' choice.”                                                              Australian celebrity, Tabatha Coffey
 

I have attached a beautiful meditation focusing on living your vision.  (As an aside, I just happened to find this and have no knowledge of, or connection to, the presenter.)

I hope you will turn it on and listen – even if briefly.  I would love to hear your thoughts. 

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CREATIVELY USING TWO FORMS OF TIME

 

We must use time creatively. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I subscribe online to the DailyOm (www.dailyom.com). There are many aspects to this site, but one is a daily horoscope, providing something to focus on for the day. When I check my horoscope, I find it uncannily accurate. Today's horoscope was significant, and part of the reason for this blog post. It suggested we ask ourselves, “What is it that would really enhance your life right now?”  It continued, “Basing our future goals on our present self keeps our dreams more closely in sync with who we really are.” When we really think about it, what else can we honestly base our goals on, but who we really are? Certainly not other people’s intentions for us.

Answering that question requires two different time references – the present moment and our envisioned future. Enhancing our lives requires us to be fully present in each moment, while also holding an awareness of our long-term vision. Only then can we make the best choices about where to expend each moment of our energy.

I love this quote by the cartoonist, Bil Keane: “Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.” Even though it is often difficult, I try to "be in the moment" with whatever I am doing, and not focus on the future.  But when I am creating something my mind easily wonders to thoughts like: “What am I my going to do this afternoon? How am I going to solve problem X?”  When I do this I’m not in either place – the moment or the future. While working on this post I failed miserably. I succumbed to reading several text messages and lost my focus. When we are not present with what we are doing, our heart and spirit will not be reflected in the work.

 Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

The need to be aware of the present, as well as the future, sounds like a conflict. Yet, there is time and place to bring each one into a state of heightened focus. When I'm working on something creative I need to be totally in the moment, while still lightly holding an awareness of my envisioned future.

When I am working on clarifying my goals and intentions for the future, I need to set aside quiet time when I am not “doing” anything, but merely “being.” That could mean meditating about my future, doing a creative visualization or stream-of- consciousness writing. During these times, the active pursuit of my creative projects needs to retreat to the background.  Then, when I am clear about my future purpose, all of my choices and creative projects will reflect this knowing.

The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to focus on our vision for the future, particularly for 2017. Using numerology to demonstrate this, Patti Clark states in her new blog post:

“…..from a numerological perspective, 2017 is a “one” year. (In short: 2+0+1+7 = 10 = 1+0 = 1.) Numerology looks at time in nine-year cycles, in which a “one” year begins a new nine-year cycle of creativity, learning and growth. It is a time of intentions and planning for the next phase. The intentions and foundations you build in 2017 can help shape the upcoming years. A “one” year is the perfect time to set intentions and goals for yourself.” 

You can read more words from Patti at: http://bit.ly/2jdEEhX
 

I will let a Steve Job’s quote end this current post:

  “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.  Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out     your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

I would love to hear about your vision for the future.  Please contact me at:                                                                         http://bit.ly/2i6Zocl

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