The Work: Creative Process

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I have been reading a book called “Loving What Is” by Byron Katie. In the book there is something known as The Work. It is a way to investigate your thoughts and belief systems by asking yourself four simple questions and then turning the thoughts around.

I recently did this with my thoughts about the Creative Process and here’s what I found. Perhaps, others can become free when they go through my investigation with me.

From the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet.

  1. I am angry with the Creative Process because I don’t have any control over it.
  2. I want the Creative Process to be easy and enjoyable.
  3. The Creative Process shouldn’t be so difficult!
  4. I need the Creative Process to be done so that I can relax.
  5. The Creative Process  is annoying, unattainable, fickle, demanding, and stresses me out.
  6. I don’t ever want to feel worthless and unproductive again.

1. I am angry with the Creative Process because I don’t have any control over it.

Is it True?

That I don’t have any control over the Creative Process?

No, that’s not absolutely true. I do have some control.

How do I feel when I believe that thought?

I feel frustrated and helpless.

Who would I be without the thought? Is there a stress free reason to keep this thought?

Well, I’d be more creative without it because I’d feel more in touch with reality. There’s no stress free reason to keep this thought.

Turn it Around

I don’t have any control over myself. Wow, yes. That feels truer.

2. I want the Creative Process to be easy and enjoyable.

Is it True?

Should the Creative Process be easy and enjoyable?

No, I don’t know what the creative process is supposed to be.

How Do I Feel when I believe this thought?

Hopeless.

Who would I be without the thought? Is there a stress free reason to keep this thought?

I’d have more joy and be more optimistic about what I can accomplish. There’s no reason to keep this thought.

Turn it Around

I want myself to live with ease and enjoy life.

Yep, that’s actually what I really want. It feels truer.

3. The Creative Process shouldn’t be so difficult!

Is it true?

Yes!

Can I absolutely know that it’s true?

Well…no. For me it is difficult so why should it be something it’s not?

This statement is funny to me now. Haha! The creative process is just being what it is. I’m the one who’s telling the story that it’s difficult. Ok. ok.

How Do I Feel when I believe this thought?

Judgemental and constricted.

Who would I be without the thought? Is there a stress free reason to keep this thought?

I’d feel more grounded and accepting of what my experience is.

Turn it around

I shouldn’t be so difficult! OR the Creative Process should be difficult (because it is!)

Ok. yes, Those both feel truer. Not easy to hear that. I am being difficult about it all. Haha!

4. I need the Creative Process to be done so that I can relax.

Is it true?

No. That’s not true. If the Creative Process was done, I could still be stressed about other things!

How Do I Feel when I believe this thought?

I feel like I’m, mentally, in two places at once and it’s not comfortable.

Who would I be without the thought? Is there a stress free reason to keep this thought?

LOL…Without this thought, I’d be relaxed! haha…

Turn it around.

I need myself to get things done so that I can relax.

Yeah…that feels truer.

5. The Creative Process  is annoying, unattainable, fickle, demanding, and stresses me out.

Is it True?

No. It’s not absolutely true. Sometimes, it’s fun and a worthwhile challenge.

How Do I Feel when I believe this thought?

Closed off to possibilities and potential.

Who would I be without this thought?

Open to life and reality.

Turn it around.

I am annoying, fickle, demanding and stressed. Yes this feels truer. But there’s something else here…

My Dream is annoying, unattainable, fickle, demanding, and stresses me out.

Oh…wow. This one makes me sad. I feel so sorry that I’ve done this to myself. I don’t want to live out my dream in a way that is like this. I put so much pressure on myself because I’m afraid if I don’t, I won’t accomplish my dream! and this has turned my dream into a nightmare!

6. I don’t ever want to feel worthless and unproductive again.

Turn it around

I am willing to feel worthless and unproductive again. I look forward to feeling worthless and unproductive again. Because based on my thoughts, this is the reality I have created for myself. If I want to accept my current reality, I need to be willing to feel this. AND if I look forward to feeling worthless, it takes off a lot of pressure and then I feel relaxed!

Here’s something else that came up:

I don’t ever want my dream to feel like a burden again.

Turn it around.

I look forward to my dream feeling like a burden. Yes! I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to see it through! If I don’t look forward to my purpose in life, I will feel terrible!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Creative Process. You are an amazing teacher.

Creativity is using the imagination to see the potential in something. I do that all the time! We all do. We couldn’t accomplish much without creativity because we wouldn’t be able to prepare a meal! No meal. No life. And No life. No dream.

In reality, there is sanity and in the ordinary, there is potential.

Here’s a link to the Byron Katie’s book, “Loving What Is”

 

 

 

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Resonance

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People will want to tie you up and put you in a box.

It is not because they hate you, it is because

They prefer the clean lines of symmetry

And you are an asymmetrical blot

On their painting of the world.

They hate the blot you introduced to them.

See this? It is the mark of a human being—

One who is struggling to heal

Their wounds who have become like family to them,

Adaptations to the abuse, neglect, and manipulation

Running rampant throughout a person’s life.

And then of course, there is the pressure to be able

To love through it all.

How can you melt when you’re covered in scabs?

Can you?

Oh, the scabs are invisible to others? Well, that makes

Things a bit more…difficult.

So when you say love, you mean you want someone

To lift up their scabs and show you their wounds?

I can see it now. The scientists in the jungle,

Looking at a rare and exotic bird

And instead of appreciating their moment of connection,

For life gives us only moments, the scientists

Get greedy and cage the bird for research

And as they carry it back to the cold, clean lab,

They’ll never know the bird they’re researching

Is not the same bird they saw in the jungle.

The sad thing is, they think it is.

But even sadder, they know so little of real love

That they have become ravenous for its taste,

Like an addict they’ll even settle

For fake, packaged love.

But that never lasts. It’s gone. Taken away

And they are left, alone, with a deep, deep wound

So vast and painful—a void in their souls

That scares them and renders them senseless.

They think the hurt happened in an instant.

They don’t realize it took years and years to make

and it will take years and years to heal.

Do not be afraid of your own resonance—

That still, small space where echoes abound.

This is your journey. You define it.

No one else can because no one else has as much access

To your own life and knowledge as you do.

And when you’re young, you’ll think things like,

“I’ll never be like that.” And so it goes, the young judge

And the old fade.

It is a cruel world without real love and remembering that

Is enough to show you the path to healing.

Gratitude at a Funeral

A person can live like that oak tree
Back home on the family farm,
Familiar and, seemingly, unstoppable.

Year after year, growing and ingesting
The metal of an old chain. At one time
It had been a ladder for the boys on Sundays,
Dripping from their swim
In a nearby pond. They climbed that tree,
Looking for angels.

If you walk far enough along your wrinkles,
You’ll, eventually, come upon an angel’s house.

There is gratitude at a funeral,
It isn’t loud or obvious. It’s more gentle
Like the nuzzle of a horse’s nose
Or a breeze brushing the heavy tops of tall grasses,
Creating the waves of something kind,
A softness of mercy, like the wind
Nowhere and yet, everywhere.

 

Poem’s Witness

I don’t have much to say,
But will listen if you want to talk.

Not one to make grand speeches,
But I could write a verse or two,
Recite some Frost.

By the ocean,
I’m looking toward the horizon,
Where the sky dives into the water.

I wait, soft and seeing, for the arrival of a poem,
Those perfect moments of peaceful wonder,
When the sun, setting down in its own orangeness,
Drapes the world in dazzles.

The clouds and water, sky and ocean,
Two organic mirrors,
And we, you and I, get to live between
This vast and silent infinity.

This moving, living, breathing poem:
Those moments
I don’t have to say any words
Because the world says them for me.

The Little Heart

Once upon a time,

I was taking a walk, listening to music and trying to escape from something. Maybe it was responsibilities. Maybe it was silence. Maybe it was time itself. There was an endless hollow ache inside.

I walked by something lying on the ground. It was covered with a blanket. Whatever it was, it was gasping for air. I could hear the muffled rhythms of inhales and exhales.

I lifted back the blanket and saw a heart lying there. It was not vibrant or even red as you might expect. It was pale pink, white in patches, and bruised purple in places.

“Little Heart!” I said, “what happened?”

And in response it could only cry out a feeble wail, “I’m cold and have no home. Take me with you!”

And so I did. I bundled it up and held it close. For days and nights, I whispered to it sweet lullabies and patient love. And day after day, it grew stronger.

“Teach me to walk,” it said. And so I took it by the hand and taught it to walk.

“Teach me to smile,” it said, but I found this request difficult. “Teach me to laugh,” it said and again it was difficult. “Let’s stick to walking,” I said.

And so the little heart grew stronger until it was strong enough to run and play on its own. It taught itself to smile and laugh. Sometimes it would look over at me. It saw how hard I worked, how little I smiled, how little I laughed. I frightened it and so it kept its distance from me. Until we grew to become strangers living in the same house.

I had a terrible dream one night. I dreamt I was the only one in the whole world who didn’t have a heart. I cried out in my sleep and the little heart, which had now grown so big, vibrant, and strong ran to me and, without hesitation, leapt inside me.

A great wave of warmth flooded through me and I felt calm and less alone.

“Little heart, is that you?” I asked.

“Yes, it is. I thought you didn’t like me,” it said, “I didn’t know you were so sad.  Let me stay here with you.”

“I’m sorry,” I told my heart. “I covered you…something had covered you in a blanket and left you a long time ago. Please stay.”

And I learned to smile and to laugh again.

And to this day my heart is still stitching itself back inside me, each day threading itself to my soul until one day it will have a secure enough hold that no injury will be too harmful, no heartbreak will be too painful to prevent it from beating on and on where it belongs.

The End

Moon Cycle

New Moon

I feel my boundaries, but discover
I have none

No frame of light can stop me so I bend
To listen, for I know no better grace than pressing
An ear to the earth, cradled inward,

Like a dream, where others walk and have walked,
Their footsteps, a crowd of drums.
I know their ways and weights gathering
Into the soft spaces, sinking.

And as a woman I stand at your opening,
New Moon, bleeding, because I too am full
To the brim with mystery and strength

Whispering secrets
Gained from marching across
The river to the Underworld–
That Other Night.