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Spring draws forth creativity

Spring draws forth creativity

This image shows the bark of a cherry tree in my neighborhood earlier in winter. After some rains, delicate mushrooms started to emerge from the trunk, a beautiful mysterious sprouting from deep below the bark. Life always finds a way and new things grow from our inner depths.

That’s what this long winter has been. Lots of incubating, hibernating, resting. I’ve had to trust as I waited, that the time for new life would come if I listened for the right time for action.

Meanwhile, I had sought and received feedback from a trusted writer friend on a piece whose ending eluded me. My friend thinks in a way that’s so comprehensive and different from me, which makes him very helpful in witnessing my work. And vice versa, as I’ve had the honor of giving him feedback too.

The feedback this time was that ‘everything is all wrong’. Because I know he loves and respects me and my work, this made me laugh. What he meant was that I could pare down everything and find the pure heart of the story. The characters were not feeling authentic to him, not fully fleshed out, and not serving this pure heart.

This was hard to hear, but I withstood it, knowing that I have grown strong enough to receive frank feedback from a worthy colleague. I sat with the pared down heart of the story for a long time. Nothing happened, just a lot of wondering and lots of procrastination. But gradually I started over. I kept referring to it as a ‘tear down’ and a ‘rebuild,’ because in many ways a story is like a shelter when it’s good.

IMG_1477Writing can be a hermetic process; many of you who do creative work know what I mean. It leeches energy to talk too much of works-in-progress. Suffice it to say, I’ve stayed in the mystery and the wondering and even wrote what’s now been revealed.  I’ve submitted a new part one to my manuscript group.

Where in your life are you tearing things down, gutting old habits, and creating a new way forward? The upward, outward energy of Spring can be useful to harness in support of what wants to emerge in your life. May you blossom forth, and if you’d like support to clear the way for new growth, I’d love to support your process. Contact me!

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Healing Quotes

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez