PART II: CREATIVE COMMUNITY

THE GUIDE

In Roman mythology, Vesta was the virgin goddess of purity, home, and hearth. She was represented by a sacred fire which Vestal priestesses tended to night and day in her temple. As long as this vital fire was kept lit, the people were protected under Vesta’s guardianship.

 

The Romans externalized this potent creative force as an eternal flame, but it can also symbolize the light we carry within each of us ~ our passion, ‘muse’ or inspiration. And like the Vestal flame, we need to tend to our own sacred fires with respect and awareness.

 

There are times when inspiration comes effortlessly, ideas flowing in a stream of consciousness we have only to follow. But sometimes we struggle for ideas and the more we try to control the process and demand things work our way, the more we are met with silence, a blank page, or wasted efforts.

 

Often, inspiration finds us when we are not actively engaged in solving problems or working on our craft ~ it can catch us off guard while we’re taking a shower, on a long walk, waiting in line… and  sometimes, it comes to us in our dreams.  It’s not that we are powerless to the ‘muse’ as something external to ourselves, but rather that we have yet to learn how to recognize that spark as something within us.

9. INSPIRATION ~ The Inner Fire

Essay by Katarzyna Vedah.  April 1, 2019

Tending to our fire can mean respecting our creative cycles, regulating our energy, and moderating periods of control, discipline and conscious mastery with rest, play and unconscious wandering.

 

We experience our lives using both sides of the brain ~ with logic and emotion, structure and flow, objective and subjective reality ~ and what we call inspiration may be said to live between the two, facilitating the connection. When one side tries to dominate the other, extremes may erupt in an attempt to compensate for the imbalance.

 

If, in the heat of creative overdrive, we neglect our physical needs, balance, and routine self-care, the surge of energy can finally burn up, leaving us depleted and depressed. Or, after a time of repressing our needs and natural self-expression, the energy may eventually burst through, flooding our senses and overloading us with overactive or grandiose thoughts.

 

If we are caught in such extreme energetic compensations and cycles of highs and lows for too long, learning to live in the ‘middle’ can end up feeling a bit numb while our system takes the time to adjust to the subtle nuances of day-to-day life again. 

Creative inspiration need not lead to such extremes, however. With patience, practice, and awareness, we can learn to respect the natural cycle of our creative lives while tending to our sacred flames.

 

Sometimes, working with inspiration means translating our private pains and personal desires into something more universal and publicly accessible.

 

Such creative acts can move beyond the confines of immediate time and space and become something the world can connect to and participate in ~ inspiring others to their own sacred temples and inner flames.

VIDEO (YouTube):

Who Decides What Art Means? (TED-Ed)

Art – History of Ideas (School of Life)

Aesthetic Appreciation (Crash Course)

What's a Masterpiece? (Art Assignment)

VIDEO (YouTube): Academy of Ideas

Creativity & The Pursuit of Excellence

DOCUMENTARY (YouTube): Trailer

First Position (Bess Kargman)

Dancer (Steven Cantor)

RIPPLE EFFECT

CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS TO ENGAGE THE CAPACITY TO FEEL
Fire Show

 

THE FLAME THAT BURNS

FILM / VIDEO (YouTube): Trailer

Bright Star (Jane Campion)

Ruby Sparks (Faris & Dayton)

Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

Frank (Lenny Abrahamson)

 

AUDIO-VISUAL / ART / VIDEO (Vimeo):

SKALAR -  Bauder & Ray

Five Knights - Visual Reel

MUSIC / VIDEO (YouTube):

Parallel Lines - Sterling Grove

Fiction – The xx

Light it Up - Major Lazer

DANCE / VIDEO (YouTube):

Tree of Codes (Creator’s Project)

Charity & Andres (NBC World of Dance)

VIDEO (YouTube): Blank on Blank

Gene Wilder on the Truth

David Bowie on Stardust

HEALTHY M.O.

HEALTHY MENTAL OUTLOOK & PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT

THE PROCESS

PRACTICAL REINFORCEMENT FOR SELF-CARE & DAY-TO-DAY LIVING
Astronomical Clock

 CREATIVE

CYCLES

INTERVIEW / SPEECH / VIDEO:

Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

(Wheeler Centre)

Neil Gaiman Addresses Arts University

(Vimeo)

VIDEO (YouTube):

How To Be Creative (PBS Off Book)

Nature of Creativity (Academy of Ideas)

Habits of Highly Effective Artists (Blender)

Creative People – Tina Seelig (99U)

How an Artist Turns Pro (Storytellers)

VIDEO: OPTIMIZE with Brian Johnson

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

WEB ARTICLE: Medium.com

Stop Sabotaging Your Creativity.

By Jack Preston King

SHIFT GEARS

EXPANDING PERSPECTIVES, AWARENESS & CONSCIOUSNESS
Chinese Opera Kiss

THE INNER MUSE

VIDEO (YouTube):

Every Story is the Same (Will Schoder)

The Psychology of Myth (Crash Course)

VIDEO (YouTube): Transition21

Dreams – Carl Jung

Anima Projection – Carl Jung

 

BLOG / ARTICLE: Matrignosis

Muse, Anima, Or Soul?  By Jean Raffa.

VIDEO (YouTube):

The Fantasy Bond (PsychAlive)

Overlay (Teal Swan)

 

VIDEO (YouTube): The Diamond Net

Anima & Animus
 

VIDEO (YouTube): Liana

Sexuality & Spirituality Intertwined