Essentially, you have to bite the bullet about what the thing you're practicing looks like and how you want it to look (or sound or read). You must keep practicing until your skill and understanding meet up with your aesthetic sensibilities. The active instruction is that "You have to fight your way through that."
But as I was listening recently, I was struck by the subsequent instructions. "You will be fierce. You will be a warrior."
That, I thought, is what we carry with us after years of practice. After conquering an acceptable level of ability, agility, in any expressive form. This practicing and conquering actually makes us warriors in many other areas of our lives. We carry our learned and earned warriorship with us.
Each creative artist has a unique narrative of their own individual process and procedure. But regardless of the story and the product, it's the process of creative warriorship that propels us along our soul's journey.
My personal life has trained me as a warrior but that is a story worthy of a large advance.
I worked through Shambhala Training in Boston and in Vermont, at Karme Chöling, in the early 1990's, with small workshop groups led by Pema Chödrön. That was a particular and broadly applicable form of overt Warrior Training.
With that warrior training in mind, as I considered all of my creative projects over the years, images from the Suit of Swords in the Pamela Coleman Smith deck kept coming to the forefront of my mind like they were plastered on my forehead.
So, I reviewed that entire suit of swords in terms of the creative process. As a result, I am developing a course with that framework on the Tarot. This will be preceded by my upcoming course on The Artist's Way. [See below.]
Just look at this Ace of Swords.
Here is the Hand of God tranformed into the Tarot from a long history of appearances in sculpture and painting. This is Divine Intervention, offering a gift. Any of the Aces represents a Divine Gift. But here, the hand of god is offering the gift of the sword. The Swords represent thought or reason, the intellect. But in light of the frame of the creative process, this hand presents the Divinely Inspired Idea which sparks most any creative project.
Any artist who is not a complete megalomaniac, will confess that their original idea or inspiration for any project, product, process or performance was not of their personal, mundane design. Somewhere, at the beginning of the process, shone through, If only for one brief second, this Hand of God, offering that stroke of a bright idea.
As I develop my course on Tarot as a guide through the Creative Process, I am offering a 12-week course on Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. We'll have total accountability and companionship through the process with weekly meetings of like minded souls. The cost is shockingly affordable. I always host groups of 12 and under. If you would like to be considered as a participant, I would love to hear from you and welcome you if there is room. Please add your name to the waiting list, or get in touch directly with me. I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
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