It comes suddenly, or it feels sudden at least, a plunge into creative darkness. Whether preceded by major events or simply the day to day chaos of life- we find our selves at a point of transition. At these times it feels like our creative reserves are empty and the outlook is bleak. How do we trust the cycle to bring us back safely into the light?
If you are like me the temptation is to grab a pile of books or endlessly browse the internet looking for that bit of wisdom to pull you through, searching for the piece of knowledge you are missing. Seeking and seeking we feel restless and uneasy, like we have lost our touchstones of self.
What if instead of seeking, we just stop? Maybe just for a day, a moment; what if we look to the seasons as inspiration and trust that after Winter will come the inevitable Spring? What if we simply wait? Though it may not feel like it, creative work is happening deep down and we need to give the ground time to rest.
Admittedly this is a new concept for me. Any number of metaphors come to mind such as pregnancy and birth, seeds in the garden, the seasons of nature and the cycle of the moon. I am experimenting with the idea of allowing time to integrate.
For now that is my project- to wait, to sit with the feelings of doubt and to trust.