Have you read the work of keeper of the old stories ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes? If not I urge you to because she is a writer for our time of life. Her gorgeous book, “The Late Bloomer”, is one I return to over and over again. Clarissa’s words have a way of breathing life into me just when I need it most.
“Be wild. That is how to clear the river”
“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With The Wolves
This quote really resonated with me.
As a young woman I loved writing but gave it up after being teased by peers about one particularly vulnerable essay I wrote. When I returned to writing 30 years later the blocks I had thrown around myself as a hurt young woman were still there. The river of my creativity that used to flow so freely was dry now. That returning was not an easy time. The only way I could get past those blocks was to let loose!
The writing I did then was wild and to be honest no one could understand it ~ sometimes not even me. But I kept going, eventually putting my writing online even though I felt sure I was looking stone stupid in other people’s eyes. Slowly but surely I began to write in a way that resonated with people. Then one day Huffington Post found my writing online and contacted me, asking me to blog for them.
Clarissa Pinkola Este’s advice really does clear the river.
And what of you? Was your creative blooming blocked at a young age? Where are you now on that journey? Where would you like to be? As always I’d love to hear from you!