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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