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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USING OPPOSITES TO HEIGHTEN CREATIVITY

The title of this photograph is “Opposing Forces”.  I took it during my recent vacation.  It intrigued me because of the juxtaposition of the brilliant beauty of nature and the dirty darkness of industry. In the photograph the opposite colors heighten both the design and the meaning of the photograph. In our creative lives, we can use opposites to heighten our creative energy.

For example, I am a creature of habit, yet I also like change. I habitually show up in my studio every morning about 9 o'clock, leave at 11:00 for a brief break and return until I stop at 1 o'clock. If I have the time and creative energy, I go back to my studio in the afternoon. Some people call that rigid. For me it feels like a ritual and an extremely important part of my creative process.

My studio is a sacred space. As soon as I walk into the studio, I experience an emotional and energetic shift. It is similar to what I have experienced walking into a meditation hall, or what people describe feeling upon entering a church sanctuary or synagogue. In these sacred spaces I feel surrounded by a strong kinesthetic, emotional and spiritual energy.

Consistently showing up at the same time and place every day of the week – – even Saturdays and Sundays – – becomes a commitment to my Self and my creative process. (Although some would say this is being self-centered, I believe that when we make, and then follow through with commitments to ourselves, we can be more energetically present for others.)

However, there are times when I need to change my routine -- when I crave a different scene to re-invigorate my creative self. This has been the case for the last two weeks when my husband and I took a trip down to an island we love. We stayed two blocks from the ocean, and while enjoying the sunny warmer climate and quality of light, I experienced an extreme shift in awareness, energy and mood.  

Although I have a small room that I call my mini studio, and still do a lot of creative work, I do not experience the same strong adherence to my daily ritual as when I'm at home.  Opening to the contrasting use of time and space is creatively liberating. 

When I bring opposite forms of energy into my life, each form heightens the other.  In turn a third form of enhanced energy is created. This was the case during my vacation, when I experienced heightened creativity.  During the two week break from my typical routine my creative vision became clearer and I could more easily decide on my creative priorities, as well as specific ideas to begin with. New ideas were created and were resting in the back of my mind, ready to spring forth. Now that I am back home, and have returned to my usual routine, I am ready to pursue these ideas with fresh creative energy.

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash. French poet, Louis Aragon

Before you can break a routine with its opposite, you need to have a routine to begin with. I encourage you to start your new year with a creative routine. It does not have to be anything major.

Try this exercise:

v    Decide on one form of creativity, i.e. writing in a journal, ripping paper and pasting it in a collage, designing an herb garden, deciding on a small remodeling project for your home.

v    Set aside a specific time in the day, as many days in the week as you can, i.e. 8 o'clock at night for one hour or 6:30 in the morning for 1/2 hour (before the kids get up).

v    Designate a place to be your creative space and set out the materials you will need. (A small corner somewhere, or space on the dining room table, a kitchen counter is totally fine.)  

v    Show up in your creative space, at your appointed time, for one month.

v    At the end of that one month write, or share with someone, what you discovered about your Self and your process.  

Opposites generally create intense chemistry. There are more chances of fireworks when different people are together than similar personalities. Indian actress, Sonam Kapoor

 

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