How does my awakening to Creativity bring transformation to my soul and to my world?
I’ve spent the week sitting with this question, and listening for guidance. What I am hearing and receiving is this:
Creativity is how we both move into understanding, and respond to it. What created stories help us to know ourselves and our world? We can look to stories of place, stories of family history, stories of ancestral lore, and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Through these created stories we enter into a deeper knowing of ourselves and our world. Through them, our understanding is enlarged and enriched. We gain rich information and intimate knowledge.
How do we feel about what we learn through stories? How do they resonate? How do they sit with us? Are their story arcs in alignment with who we are and how we wish to live? What meaning do they reveal or inspire or convey?
In listening deeply to the created stories, and listening for their resonance, we can listen even deeper– into the place where we can begin to hear the stories within us that are longing to be told. Awakening to creativity means creating stories about myself I want to tell, which construct the way I want to live in the world, and the world I want to live in, stories with the power to create worlds as their telling unfolds from my fingers and lips, stories redolent with poetry, song, myth, symbol, metaphor, allegory– deep, resonant meaning, which can bring me in harmony and alignment with the powers of the universe.
I am finding this out as I am suddenly in the place in my life of completely recreating the story arc of my life, which has undergone a drastic shift. I am suddenly the only agent in my life, and I am awakening to the full power I now have to create the arc and meaning which most nourishes me, most resonates with me, with no one else to accommodate or make concessions for. I can give myself over completely to this deep listening, deep guidance, and deep response.
What I hear when I listen deeply is Truth.
Fírinne, Irish for Truth, is the deep reality of the universe, the overarching story in which we are all embedded. When we align our stories with the story of the universe, we walk in beauty and harmony. I see Brighid’s Eternal Flame as a symbol of Fírinne, burning brightly, illuminating the Cosmos. Brighid the Poet speaks to us in the language of the Numinous, the language of Fírinne. Poetry can convey Truth in its essence, where prose simply falls short.
As the Universe speaks Truth to us in its language Poetry, we can respond with the language of Prayer, engaging in a truly sacred dialog, growing and transforming through its discourse of listening and responding.
When I listen deeply and respond accordingly, I live my Truth, my truest integrity resonant with the Truth the universe speaks to me, that Brighid whispers to me when I sit with her. When I live my Truth as resonated to me by the universe, supported by the universe, I bring Truth wherever I go, being aligned with the universe. Wherever I go resonating with and walking in Truth, Truth may then resonate with others listening deeply, to which they may then respond.
As the universe creates, I create. As we create, we inspire one another, and we create some more. We listen to and flow with the universe and its intrinsic power, which moves through us like a wind, a wave, a whisper, and we dance the steps as they are lead for us, walk the path that is shown/shone to us, and hear the harmony of Truth and alignment in each step.
My life becomes my Prayer– my living is my praying, praying without ceasing.
To this end, I want to dedicate weekly time this year to blogging, to engage with my creativity as a regular practice, as it helps me to listen, understand, integrate, and align, and this work may in turn inspire or strike meaning in others, and so this awakening to my creative power can thus transform myself and my world. I want to share and explore this path of a Brighidine ban-draoi I am being guided into through my flametending and daily contemplative practice with Brighid. I want to see where this will take me over this year, how my transformation will unfold as I give myself over to this place I find myself in, and its process.
Tomorrow, I shall enter into the second week of this Imbolc Advent with ceremony (see previous post for the ceremony if you would like to practice as well) as I hold this question,
How am I awakening to Mystery at this time?
Brighid the Smith speaks of Mystery, as metals from the depths of the earth are transformed in the fire of the forge. What can we ourselves mine from these depths? I think of the Sacred Well of Brighid as a symbol for Mystery, bringing up deep knowledge from the underworld, where the ancestors reside, where bones and ages are resting, resonating in the land, holding knowledge within stones, mountains, metals, gems, into which we might enter through the sídhe mounds, the palaces of the gods.
The sídhe mound called the Mound of Hostages, on the Hill of Tara in Ireland, has its opening aligned to the Imbolc sunrise around 4 February, Imbolc by stone-and-mound time. I shall seat my consciousness here this week, listening intently for what Mystery has to impart to me, for how it might inspire, guide, sustain, and teach me in the coming year.
Mar a bha, mar a tha, mar a bhitheas gu bràth.
Gabhaim Molta Bríde!