May 4, 2020 – Day 49 of my quarantine.
I thought it might be interesting to risk a little vulnerability today and take you on a metaphorical journey into the inner workings of my creative process – the place from which all my conceptual ideas and projects come from. Each thing I create has its own journey from idea into form, so today I’ll tell you how those journeys begin –
Above: The Mysterious Mechanic
(My Archetype. Builder of Dreams & Notions who is both the architect and object, designer and design, creation and creator within my imagination.)
There is an outpost where I linger before departing on any journey into my deeper imagination. It stands at the entrance of a mysterious, overgrown wood. The forest is dark and deep. There is no path. I always feel a little uncertain at this juncture.
As I pause here I recall the words of my mentor –
“You enter the forest
at the darkest point,
where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else’s path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realize
I watch as small patches of light play across the forest floor in abstract patterns. I hear the murmur of the wind through the treetops and the gentle lilt of songbirds. I smell the pine and evergreen, relishing the sweet, rich perfume of decaying bark and leaves on the ground. I feel the aliveness of the forest and let it enter into me fully. I resist nothing and accept everything.
There is a deep and complete understanding that only I can enter these woods. I know that I must go alone. And carry back what I discover as best I can to show to others. Peering farther into the faint shadows and dim flickering light among the trees I think I see a child at play … and I know that child is me – an echo of me from the time of my imagination’s first awakening.
It is here, before embarking, that all potential and possibilities exist simultaneously for me. Everything and nothing in a swirling, phantasmagorical compendium of images and sensations.
This is my Beginners Mind.
Sending you all my Love and Light – Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Stay Strong out there.
Until next time …