I get really inspired and on fire. I burn bright. I create. I post. I dance/move with ease. I am “out there” in the world.
Then I stop. I lay down under the covers. I watch YouTube and read/ Then I rest. Sometimes I stagnate. Procrastinate. Then I think. I dream. I am in my cave.
Understanding that I have cycles of create and release, and then pulling inward to be by myself and to not create is a powerful realization. It helps me to release judgement when I am not productive.
Our society is based on PRODUCTION.
If you aren’t producing, and a the rate that others want you to produce, then you are “unworthy.” And that is bullshit.
This is especially true for artists. I have had heard many times, if you don’t make art, you aren’t an artist.
This is also bullshit.
I am an artist in my bones. I create from my core. From what is flowing out of my hands, my heart, my mind, and in response to what I see, feel, touch, and know.
And sometimes that creative flow slows down. Sometimes it stops. Sometimes you need a lull in production so that you can recreate you. To switch and become the artist and creator and person you are meant to be.
I believe Osho was the one who said something like to be an artist, you must paint for 15 years. And then you spend 15 years not painting. And then you truly know how to paint.
It thought very deeply about that when I shifted from painting in encaustic (hot beeswax painting) because I lost the studio space to work in that medium. I haven’t painted in encaustic since May 2011. That is a long time to not work in the medium that calls to your heart. But I am shifting to embrace whatever it is that flows from me.
I am “Living by the Light of the Moon” as my astrology teacher Beatrex Quntanna says and getting more in touch with my own cycles, the cycles of the moon through her amazing Moon Book and Moon Class. By honoring my own cycles of rest and production, and syncing them up with the phases of the moon, the creation flows out of me with more ease and grace.
So my Expressive Dare for you is to honor your own cycles. Are you in an active phase of doing, creating, producing? Or are you in a more internal phase of being, resting, dreaming? Both are valid. Both are powerful.
Share with me below on how you honor your own energetic cycles. ~ Jaime Abalone Woman Lyerly