"To move with the moment, to surrender to the
unknown is to flow with feminine consciousness."
Feminine consciousness, that mysterious gift
which is nature inspired, is a state of mind rather than gender. Creators
of both genders tap this extraordinary well to fill their soul with beauty,
rising from the peaceful waters, cleansed and refreshed.
Leonardo da Vinci, as quoted in How To Think like Leonardo da
Vinci by Michael J. Gelb, mused, "I roamed the countryside
searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why shells exist on
the tops of mountains along with the imprints of coral and plants and
seaweed usually found in the sea. Why the thunder lasts a longer time than
that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning
becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the
various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a
stone, and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other
strange phenomena engage my thoughts throughout my life."
to travel. That is a gift we must give to ourselves, one which we need
especially when we feel faintest. It need not be physical travel, but
without voyaging upon the seas of creative endeavor, our lives are poorer,
hope is extinguished.
like to think of hope as a guiding light for the human heart. It is
quality that will help you find your way through dark and stormy
through foggy and confusing days... Shining the beam of hope into
times of darkness, you'll learn to sail with more confidence. The
won't always be smooth. Undoubtedly, you will encounter some rough
A storm or two will cloud the horizon from time to time. But
you'll find the storms will pass. The rough seas will calm.
changes in course may well lead to exciting, unexplored
Even better, having gone through the storm and darkness, you will
you've come a far better sailor. Learning to navigate by faith and to
in a dependable providence, you have become a person of unsinkable
Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light", shared these
which led him to a successful career in Lightposts for Living:
Art of Choosing a Joyful Life.
Chinese philosopher, Lao Tse, appreciated the grace of fluid motion as he
The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water.
Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the
poetry of Lao Tse reminds us the strength of water comes from its very
softness, its ability to flow through, around, over, or under all obstacles
in its journey from the mountain to the sea. It returns to its home in
different forms--water, snow, ice, mist--all the same element differently
expressed, differently nourishing the world.
creative voyage assumes many identities also, enriching your life in
unexpected ways. It is hardest to be creative when hope seems extinguished
by the stormy seas of change. To survive the roughest gales, we need not
alter the direction of the wind because we can adjust our sails. It is the
dark hour before the dawn of creation which is the time to move with the
moment, to surrender to the unknown.
By Loretta Kemsley
Women Artists and Writers International
Writer, Editor and Editorial Coach
Loretta Kemsley's Personal Portfolio: Women's Writings