Over the lock-down period, I intentionally began to explore and inquire into my own intuitive creative practices.
Out of this inner stance I discovered that myth, story, and folktales offer wonderful bridges to re-connect our self with the psyche and I designed a process called Story Weaving. Which offers a way to connect with our imagination and our archetypal energies, that when accessed can generate numerous resources and insights.
Maybe that is why Psyche's story has really captured my imagination this month.
Psyche’s story can be perceived as simply a tale of love, loss, and redemption, or it can also be seen as a metaphor for the journey of a women’s personal growth and re-connection to her true nature.
A story of a woman who is initiated into the imaginal realm, where nature is a dynamic partner and guide, and where she learns the essential skills which are required to live well within and move beyond the dominant rules and rituals of her age.
From this perspective we can begin to explore the possibility that “myths invite us to imagine, to dream and connect with life in meaningful ways. Rather than imposing a worldview on the collective, they encourage us to co-create a new world view through deep reflection and action. “ Mick Collins
Throughout July, I will be spending time unpacking each of Psyche’s four tasks, to explore how mythic stories can support the enactment of meaningful relationships with our imaginative energies.
As, an INFP, (in a Jungian frame, a personality bias for introversion, feeling and sensing), my way of seeing and experiencing the world is naturally orientated towards the imaginal realm and the intuitive creative potential that we all contain.
As I have grown into a greater depth of self-acceptance in relation to how I see, experience and make sense of the world, and have become more at ease in finding ways to express my truth, I stand for the imagination and intuitive dimensions of our collective experience. Which are often denied or rejected in favour of science and rational explanation when they may be our greatest hope in responding to life’s challenges.
My stance is that by accessing our imagination and transforming our inner realms into imagination in action we can consciously freeing ourselves from an all persuasive dominant one-dimensional narrative and open our whole selves up to wider and more inclusive parameters for living.
In this context I see myths as a form of intuitive creative expression. That serve has a hospitable placeholder for inquiry, and a catalyst for imaginative action. To bring these ideas to life and offer a simple way for you to experience these ideas for yourself, this next series of blog posts will focus on Psyche’s four tasks, as a metaphor for personal growth and transformation, and will be organised, as content, as inquiry and imagination in action.
As content. Is my re-telling of a particular part of the story and will be infused with my own flavours and perspective.
As inquiry. Is symbolic of an opening, a doorway or window through which you will be invited to connect with what resonates with your experience, feelings, and memories.
It is a way to be present to both rational ways of experiencing the world and also to open up to an intuitive creative participatory way of being present to the whole of your experience.
To bring your inquiry to life you will be invited to reflect upon;
What ideas, images, memories, and feelings does this particular narrative invoke for you, in your experience?
What comes to mind for you?
What does it make you want to create or call into being?
The inquiry is yours to participate in and is offered to open up new avenues of thinking, feeling, and seeing. To inspire new questions and perspectives about the patterns, rituals and routines that currently compose and orchestrate your life.
As Imagination in Action. Just as narratives, myths, stories, and folktales are embedded deep with the human psyche, and are instrumental for inspiring and incubating change so are intuitive creativity practices. These are intentional creative actions which arise from our intuition and move our imagination from an inner experience into an outer expression of connection, reciprocity, and reverence.
This short series is offered as an invitation for you to explore a generative space in which an artful conversation can be initiated and freely flow. It provides guidance in relation to how you can begin to practice seeing your experience through the dimension of ‘inside eyes,’ which will enable you to just witness your experience instead of striving for a solution or outcome. To let images and feelings just naturally arise from your ground and capture your attention takes practice and patience, and often we have to make peace with old ideas about who is creative and what creativity actual is.
I stand by the idea that inquiry as a creative process opens up a new orientation whereby we begin to see ourselves and the wider environment from a different perspective. One is which we are free to choose, experiment with and express our true nature, without embarrassment or shame. We are invited to become more of who we are rather than more of what others expect you to be.
A process much like Psyche’s tasks which each require the inner capabilities of courage, creativity and resiliency, as often we will find yourselves swimming against the dominant narratives, but like the mighty salmon responding to their call to return to their ancestral home ground, we too will be making the long instinctive journey home, and in doing so we will be living out our mythic adventure and illuminating the way for others.
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 wellbeing in the world.