IS THE DEEP SPRING OF YOUR CREATIVITY
IN DEEP WATER?
WHO AM I?
I am the deep spring from which your creativity once flowed. Like all springs, I come from a source. In healthy ecosystems there is a continual renewal process so that deep springs do not go dry. But maybe you’ve forgotten this process, or think it is not important or that you are not responsible for the maintenance of your creativity. Or perhaps you believe you can neglect it because you’ve ALWAYS had the touch, the spark, the juice. Do you think I appear by magic? That I’m a gift that will keep on giving? Hello!
You use your deep spring like a lawn sprinkler, in a centrfugal fashion. You, my friend, take my creative flow and use it in your life. Do this, do that, do the other, always creating, always tapping into the flow of spirit. Output, output, output! Do you even know how much creative juice you had in the first place? Never thought about it.
Friend, that creative flow has got to come from somewhere! Your spring has a recharge process. Oh, gosh, you thought you got an unending supply of creativity and magic stars without having to do anything? What is going on in the spiritual world’s pre-birth prep process? I know life is a do-it-yourself process, but a creativity expiration/sell-by date printed on your feet would help. Where’s that suggestion box?
Okay: recharge processes 101.
WHY AM I HERE?
The deeper springs and aquifers in the physical world have a recharge process that is just the opposite of the lawn sprinkler. The sprinkler is a centrifugal or output model. The recharge system is centripetal and requires an even larger catchment area or watershed of spirit to flow in and refill the aquifer or spring.
Physical systems are replenished or recharged by rainfall or snowmelt. Some springs, quite near the mountain snow-pack, may be replenished after winter, so their recharge rate would be a few months. The giant aquifer in the Midwest, the Ogalalla, is said to take 100 years to replace every 1 inch of water that is drawn out. Sustained drought and depletion of water resources have made the regions around the Sahara desert even more barren and have begun to affect even the deep wells in the region.
Look around. Is the environment around you nourishing to your soul and spirit or causing you to burn more creativity just maintaining stasis? Rather than a carbon deficit, have you got a creative deficit? Architecture and color are vital, as in vitality. What about play? Is there any physical play possible? Ping pong, stationary bike, darts? Can you relax into at least one area of your office or home?
How is it with you? Are you feeling a bit thin? Do you have what it takes to reach down to bring up the juice for an especially challenging situation or opportunity?
WHAT DO I WANT?
What is creativity made of? What recharges you? Time. Medical research has shown that it takes at least seven continuous days for the average American worker to be recharged from the stresses of their jobs. How many continuous days off do you take each year?
Time is the secret ingredient driving your physical capacity for health. This translates into cardiac variability, the capacity to handle stress. Repetitive, dulling patterns of behavior kill your capacity to adapt. And what is adaptation? Creativity, sometimes called play.
What is the recharge rate for your soul? Are you near sources of renewal? Do you actively manage your soul recharge? When is the next play date on your calendar?
Where can you find a well of time? How can you recharge the deep spring of your life? Time, in as many variable forms as possible. Sunrise and sunset. Seasons. Gardens are filled with time. Children: putting kids to bed and reading one chapter. Music. Surprise parties! Laughter! Dancing. Reading. Play. Sleeping late. Rising early. Any and all time-based activities break the habitual routines and bring creativity. Live, laugh, love.
Otherwise, your deep spring is in deep water.
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