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home and diving deeper

26 Apr

surrealHouseBelow is a TED talk from Elizabeth Gilbert on success, failure and the drive to create. In it, she discusses “home,” something I heard Dorothy Allison also talk about in a memorable lecture a few years ago at Antioch University, Los Angeles (will look for my notes to include in the next post).

This dovetails with a dream workshop I did. Any artist will tell you of the power of the unconscious – even while too many leave it untapped. It pays to spend time diving down to access images and dreams that enrich your work. In that 5 hour workshop, I got it, really got it, that we can never escape our shadow, our traumas, our wounds – we can heal, certainly, yes and yes and yes, we should heal for our own well-being – but the scars remain and there’s purpose to that, because whatever happens, whatever it is that you believe keeps you from your creative vitality is also the fertilizer for that very vitality. We need both… we are both. Darkness and light. Yin and yang. Dormant and blossoming. We stand at the midpoint between failure and success and Gilbert tells how she keeps her equilibrium:

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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “home and diving deeper

  1. Cyndi Perkins

    April 27, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks, I needed that! Important reminder to set a cup for shadow, honoring that part of ourselves, and also the idea that HOME is everything. FYI I always enjoy your links to the TED talks.

     
    • Diane Sherlock

      May 5, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Thank you!

       
 
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