‘Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you.
And all you can do is to go where they can find you.’ (Winnie-the-Pooh)
What better way of answering one of the questions that someone posed to me this week - where to find inspiration.
It came as one of the comments to a Facebook post that I put out, asking for people’s thoughts on what they would want from a course on creativity. In many ways, Winnie-the-Pooh’s advice answers many of the other questions too. How to get creative when you’re not feeling creative was another subject that came up, several times.
In effect, that's just another way of asking the same question.
Someone else suggested that I make sure to include tips on how to keep up the creative flow…..It strikes me that Winnie-the-Pooh’s counsel could apply equally well to that issue.
Essentially, what it all boils down to is something that I think anyone who has ever embarked on any creative endeavour will know all too well - the important thing is to remain observant and open - to possibilities; to serendipity.
The greatest inspirations and the best ideas come to us at the most unexpected moments and in the most unexpected circumstances.
‘It’ happens when ‘I’ get out of the way.
Those of you who know me well, know that I also read the tarot cards. Over the past few years I have been exploring the way in which the ancient wisdom of the tarot can help us to understand and work through the creative process.
The course I am designing is based on my book (nearing completion) in which I am drawing lines of connection between the creative process and the Major Arcana in the Tarot. Each step of the way, for every Tarot card and every creative stage there I am giving you, my reader, concrete, practical and creative ways of exploring that phase of the cycle and moving on to the next.
Whether you are a writer or a dancer, a singer or a sculptor, an actor or a painter - whatever your creative metier, there is something here to help unblock or release your artist-within at every stage of your process.
The Major Arcana of the Tarot takes us on a journey through all the lessons that life throws at us - many times over - from the pure potential represented by the first card, The Fool (blank canvas/page of the creative process), right through the many stages until we reach the conclusion, when we are able to integrate everything we have learnt along the way, to find completion (finished work) in The World/Universe.
Every creative endeavour is a journey along the same route, even if the starting point is that most debilitating premise of all, that we are not creative in any way. The very fact that a person has come into being is proof of the creative force within each and every one of us, and it is a force that deserves to be honoured. In the words of that wise poet, Khalil Gibran:
‘Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and nights,
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought,
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.
And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea,
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes……’
So, I have some material, and I have a plan, but at this point I could really use some help.
Firstly, I would love to hear your ideas on what you think should be included in a course on creativity
Secondly, if you have any personal experiences of creative blocks - facing them, yielding to them, overcoming them - I would love to hear your story.
And finally, I also have to face my demons, and right now I am facing one of my own biggest and most persistent blocks - the courage to take this project through to conclusion. Your feedback and encouragement will surely put some wind under my wings and nudge me on to bring the whole thing into being.
In return for your help, whatever form it takes, will be a complementary pdf extract from the book. You can decide which aspect of the creative process you would like to learn more about, and I will let you have the relevant chapter.