A bit of spring-style inspiration from my friend Jean Hamilton-Fford. A while back, Jean talked about the idea of thrust in our internal creative processes.
I thought this flight metaphor was a great way to illustrate the psychic energetic forces that influence us. I thought about how push vs. pull works in my life path. Pull feels like the force behind inspiration. I see a lighted hand reaching out from the sky inviting me to connect and move forward toward something new.
Push is more challenging. I think of it as coming from the Earth more, and from the past or from circumstances that challenge me to move off my present spot and get going at something. Kind of like a spring under your back-end!
Finding my sources of thrust was instrumental in my recently and finally publishing a collection of my poetry. I began in 1999 feeling the push of passion based on past experiences to write these poems, but I eventually went through a phase where I “ran out of gas” so to speak and wasn’t seeing the metaphors to spark my verses. I was relying too much on the drama and trauma of the “push.”
With life circumstances settling down and my inner self becoming more serene in my crone-hood, it seemed I didn’t have a way of accessing the inspiration that had created most of my original collection. But wait, some of those poems were really about pull (like “Open the Eyes of Your Heart”), about that light shining down from in front of me or even coming up from the Earth in front of me (literally in the world of nature around me). Time for “everyday” verses. Time for noticing the divinity in a flower or a smile.
I think the next poetry collection will be about that pull, then. I’ll share some of them here in this blog.
In the meantime, if you’d like to check out the passion and memory that created most of my original poems, you can check out my collection here.