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Ourselves Complete: A Holy Whole

"Our creativity does not consist in being right all the time, but in making of all our experiences, including the apparently mistaken and imperfect ones, a holy whole. "
Matthew Fox

Were you ever told your creativity must be ignored until more important tasks are finished? Did it coincide with a feeling that life had suddenly become too heavy? Did you believe it was a coincidence, or did you intuitively know creativity was an integral part of your life?

Too often, women have had to channel their creative efforts into those activities directly associated with everyday survival. Nevertheless, women are creators: bringing order out of chaos, bestowing the gift of new life, adorning our homes. All of these are creation at its finest and usually done under extraordinary pressure to set aside our need to create, as if it were unimportant.

Creativity is not a toy to be stowed away until the time is right. It is a vital part of our soul. Just as we need our logical side, we also need our creative side. InWomen Who Run With the Wolves,Clarissa Pinkole Estes, Ph.D., explained how both sides need to be carefully nurtured, characterizing intuition as our wilder side. "...a woman has tremendous powers when the dual aspects of psyche are consciously recognized and beheld as a unit; held together rather then held apart. The power of Two is very strong and neither side of the duality should be neglected. They need be fed equally, for together they bring an uncanny power to the individual....when both sides of the dual nature are held close together in consciousness, they have tremendous power, and cannot be broken. This is the nature of the psychic duality,of twinning, the two aspects of woman's personality. By itself, the more civilized self is fine...but somehow lonely. By itself, the wildish self is also fine, but wistful for relationship with the other. The loss of women's psychological, emotional, and spiritual powers comes from separating these two natures from one another and pretending one or the other no longer exists.

"The comprehension of this Wild Woman nature is not a religion but a practice. It is a psychology in its truest sense:psych, soul;ologyorlogos, a knowing of the soul. Without her, women are without ears to hear her soultalk or to register the chiming of their own inner rhythm. Without her, women's inner eyes are closed by some shadowy hand, and large parts of their days are spent in a semi-paralyzing ennui or else wishful thinking. Without her, women lose the sureness of their soulfooting....Wild Woman is the health of all women."

The Latin word for intuition means "to see within, to consider or contemplate." Long recognized as a woman's "way of knowing," intuition is the basis by which women guide their lives. Penney Peirce, author ofThe Intuitive Way,links both logic and creativity to intuition. "Our own intuition is the catalyst for self-improvement and self-realization, because when it comes to making deep and lasting change in one's personal life, only subjective experience, not facts, registers as real...Psychic phenomena, as it turns out, are often just the first signs of a much greater and all-encompassing wisdom...intuition is not the opposite of logic--it is cyclical process, a comprehensive way of knowing life that includes both left-brain analytical thinking and right-brain communion states. This marvelous process has been called many things: the process of creativity, self-recovery, evolution, transformation--even enlightenment."

Just as there are two sides to womanhood, the practical and the intuitive, these two sides are necessary to creativity. The freeflowing, inventive side surprises us, letting fresh ideas spring from deep within, like a fountain with unlimited resources for its eternal stream. After the ideas are played with and recorded, the logical side brings order to rambling thought. Both sides are valuable. The first brings our creative process to the surface, delighting and informing ourselves with a new awareness of life. The second allows us to explain our creations to others.

In its purest form, creativity splashes itself across a broad spectrum of ideas, refusing to stay within preset boundaries. When allowed to wander, creativity insists upon generating as many ideas as possible, without prejudging their worth. It rejects the concept of being contained within narrowly defined walls of relevance. There are times when this freedom to meander seems opposite what we have been taught. It is tempting to believe we cannot be creative until we have learned all we can from experts in our craft. While it is practical to study the experts, over-reliance upon their opinions can separate us from our true creativity. InFeminine Fusion,Chris Griscom emphasizes the importance of trusting ourselves. "Mother Nature herself is an exquisite example of feminine alchemy, orchestration of life in energetic balance. Being in a natural environment offers a magnificent opportunity to practice the feminine energy, because to perceive the laws of nature we must be able to tune in to those exquisite levels that shape the invisible order of the world."

By using our hands and minds to give shape to this invisible order, we endow ourselves with satisfaction. Which of us has not experienced the gentle joy which accompanies the last bit of creative endeavor, when our deepest ideas have finally become plainly visible? Who has not felt the serenity of gazing upon the result of our efforts, the fruition of the dream? It is this mellow and spiritual experience which best informs us of our need to create, for once the creation is completed, we are at peace.

Loretta Kemsley
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