C R E A T I V I T Y
Creativity is an infinite resource. It does not get used up. It does not diminish over time, nor is it perishable. You do not have to wrap it in cotton wool, freeze it for safekeeping, lock it away, or reserve the best for later.
Creativity is a river. Its flow is from source, to ocean and ultimately back to source. It is a cycle of movement, dynamism and stillness. The best way to experience the river is to become the river. The dive is the beginning, then the process takes you in.
Think of a river’s course. There are wanders along the way. Plus a lot of sludge. But if you are lucky there will be sighting of kingfishers and rainbow trout, darts of marvel and mystery; the sparkly poems, the prose which takes you elsewhere, and the mark-making indentations of your own expression. .
Like any river there are different experiences of time. There are times of quick and times of slow. Sometimes the river even goes underground and we think it has disappeared. But no- it is gathering nutrients from the dark materials. It is gathering pace. It will emerge when the conditions and environment yield to openings. It is our job to trust in the flow. .
And when the river takes us in we are in for one of the most exhilarating, and scariest, rides of our life. We will reach places we could never get to by traditional paths. We will be cast into shadow, then cascaded in light. This is the reward of the entry. So when we emerge our prize is not, ‘look what I created’, but instead, ‘look where I have been’, ‘look what I have seen’, and ‘look who I have become- because I took a risk, jumped in and, at least for a precious moment, I was the river itself’. .. How are you tending to your creative self today?
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