Friday, October 05, 2012

The Well of Creative Energy

One challenge of routine, engaged writing is ensuring a well of creative energy is available to regularly draw from. Without this fluid vehicle for our minds to swim through, understanding & realizing creative goals is impossible.  I am sure we have all experienced the sickening feeling of when there is work to be done, deadlines loom yet when we sit down to go about the task at hand, there is no ability present to begin.

What activities stimulate the mind & help re-energize creative energy? How does one keep inspiration alive & capable of motivating the drive to accomplish our goals?

“That strange benediction comes when it will, but with each visitation, deep within, there is a transformation; it is never the same.” - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Freud called dreams, 'a royal road into the unconscious.' He was referring to their importance in the process known as psychotherapy but could interpretation of dreams also be beneficial for enhancing the conscious power of imagination? Is there enhanced ability in de-coding the symbols of dreams?

{Images by Caras Ionut}

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Concentrative Meditation: A Path to Insight

The questions sustains: how best to capture what has been shown on the screen of imagination? Is it possible for writers to borrow from techniques which assist in the art of meditation? There appear to be commonalities. Both seek to focus the mind & leave behind mundane concerns, both require focus beyond the management of daily life; both strive to streamline consciousness for an end result.

Writing is meditation in that it takes us away from world affairs to accomplish recording the words blossoming from a busy imagination. We must pass time, many hours at a desk & this can be a challenge. Distractions mount & the focus we require to complete a writing objective eludes because of a loss in essential concentration. Similar to meditation, writers must summon resolve & sustain focus.

Writers seek transformation from the everyday mind.

When a writer centres, prepared to work, this focus leads to a place of quietude; this more still-place opens a potential for genuine contemplation.

What could be more beneficial? Harnessing the contents of imagination requires reflection & an ability to move past every day distraction. Suppressed for a broader viewpoint, imagination generates.

This act of writing serves as a bridge from an inner paradigm, Awareness of this connection is a source of illumination & we persist in a complex endeavour because we have something relevant to share. Voices combine to form a network of potentiality.

{Photographs by Kumi Yamashita}