“Go forth onto the land & re-animate the World”
I grew up a little wild, roaming freely in the rural landscapes and seascapes of Pembrokeshire, and although for a long while, I lost contact with this deep rooted connection, over recent years, I have once again, found myself drawn to wildish, mystical thresholds in nature. Places where I could find solace and solitude to dwell in my wandering, poetic thoughts, and images, as they weaved themselves into stories and bright colourful figures, and forms.
From the beginning of my story, I have always felt the magical presence of water, and was particularly fascinated by air born beings, birds, butterflies, and the Milky Way as if they were guides toward a different world, one where all human beliefs and actions were coherent with such beauty and wonder. Though I would not have had that language then.
In what was often termed my “over-active imagination,” this felt sense of a human-Earth relationship, was much more precious than anything I observed in school. Within this frame the wild Earth was not an unfeeling, disinterested backdrop to my life story, but the breathing, expressive presence in which we are intricately entangled. We inhabit a world which is filled with interactivity. The ‘mundus imaginalis’ is extremely near and often so close that I can hear her breathing. But of course, I did not have the language then, only a felt sense, a feeling, much like a guiding compass, gently showing me the way.
Out of this ground, a form slowly began to take hold. I like to call her, ‘Imaginal Woman’ and to me, she is an archetype for our changing times. She is representative of all those who are learning to trust in their own inner authority, are prepared to stand upon their own ground, embrace their wild and abundant nature, and know it is time to embody compassionate action and well-being for all.
Now, more than ever I see an urgency to share more of this slowly crafted creative process, perspective and practices, because I trust that is some small way, we can all do something in supporting others, by choosing how we want to be and show up in a world that is calling for our attention and love.
This particular story has roots in my experience of feeling very disconnected to the everyday requirements, demands and dominant narratives of the modern workplace. Where, gradually over time my sense of self became eroded and I lost my lustre. During this time, I became much more aware of how we are all often fearful to show up as we truly are. We are scared to reveal our true colours and glorious imperfections in a working world that continually strives for perfection, rational knowing and linear advancement. Due to no fault of our own we become distracted by these exterior reflections, we loose contact with our inner knowing and we quickly forget that we are afraid to be fully seen and heard.
We learn to hide behind our personas, words, complex procedures, frameworks, and policies. We hold up a mirror of judgement to ourselves and we allow the opinions of others to guide our actions. We all too easily avoid the risky and important work of understanding one another and truly seeing ourselves for who we are, and who we all have the potential of becoming. We become entangled in a narrative that directs us to gather external rewards, to meet the demands and expectations of others, and in this process, we learn to wear an image that does not fit us. Or truly reflect all that we are.
These entangled threads are a living fabric which hints at the flow of our innate creative process which naturally errs towards life sustaining generative actions. But often, to protect ourselves from the shame and exclusion of being perceived as not good enough, we hold back our most essential unique contribution from ourselves and from one another. Tragically we forget our unique image, the golden thread of our own calling, as we learn to conform and fit in with a narrative that is not ours to inhabit.
We live our story within a story where bringing all of illuminated imaginal selves to light, is not deemed acceptable. It is a common story in which the wilder aspects of our embodied nature are rejected, outcast, abandoned and forgotten. So much of our wonky splendour and grace has been suppressed rather than included and celebrated.
That is why I have chosen to pick up my threads again and to share the multiple ways we can each access our embodied imagination through the medium of story, images and nature connected practices. Three colourful threads which draw upon the artful composition of stories, images, archetypes, embodied practices and the transformative vessel of nature, which each illuminate our diverse and inclusive human experience.
We each contain the potential to re-member and take responsibility for our unique creative process. So, if within you there is a heartfelt sense of something missing from your life but you are not able to articulate what exactly has been cast adrift, then within these pages I trust you will find inspiration and a variety of practical ways to access your wild, intuitive nature and unique creative voice.
I specialise in weaving together, stories, images & nature connection practices to help people access their true nature, strengthen their creative fluency and increase their sense of wellness, and well being in the world.