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The creative journey

"Inanna's Cloak"

"Inanna's Cloak"

I am super excited to be getting close to launching my first online offering:

Re-imagining Ourselves.

It has been such a process! What is so interesting about my creative journey - any creative journey, I believe - is that the process started in my imagination. and, if I look back on all of the big creative projects I have initiated during my life, they have all started like this.... with a flash 'out of the blue', an image, a thought.

Those imaginal images can be so fleeting that we can ignore them; those images, thoughts, ideas are easily forgotten (like the images in a dream on waking).

It's a bit like having a baby, creative processes challenge us to our core -- that is what they are designed to do. If we knew the inevitable bumps on the road ahead, would we set out on the journey? Perhaps not, and yet the desire for a meaningful connected life lies at the heart of the human journey.

And of course, 

“...we all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.”                              Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Sometimes the journey starts with a realisation

that we are in a 'wasteland',

a sense that something needs to change .....

Sometimes the journey starts with a realisationthat we are in a 'wasteland', a sense that something needs to change .....

There have been times over the course of creating 'Re-imagining Ourselves' that I have felt inadequate and not up to the task of bringing this sacred story to the light in a way that has meaning for me - and hopefully others. And yet, without wanting to sound grandiose, I believe that there can be bigger forces at work. I really don't understand why this story chose me, for that is how it feels.... since first meeting Inanna's story in the mid 1980's I have found myself coming back to it over and over again.

I have used the analogy many times that this ancient myth has an energy... for me, this story is like  an old wolf who has me by the scruff of the neck and won't let me go.

                                             'Wolf Woman'  (watercolour by Jacquie)

'Wolf Woman'Painting by Jacquie

'Wolf Woman'

Painting by Jacquie

I don't have a PhD in mythology, I don't have a million letters after my name.... what I do have is a lived experience of working with this story over the last 35 years, including writing (and performing) a play about it in 2003. The Inanna story has been a thread in my personal life as well as in the women's workshops / retreats I have run.

If we have the courage to sink beneath the banal, the everyday concerns of work, what's for dinner and what we might have said to our friend or boss..... if we sink deeper and listen to the small quiet voices that lie below the surface ... then our lives take on a whole new dimension of meaning and possibilities.

... going beyond the veils ...

... going beyond the veils ...

In these times of uncertainty, when the old ways we used to have of distracting ourselves don't work anymore or aren't available, we can choose to hear the call to go within and journey to find and reconnect with deeper parts of ourselves.

If that sounds like something that interests you, then I would love to hear from you

arohanui - with warmth



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