Dancing with the Unknown

river-flow-sunsetThe scope of change we are experiencing in the world, especially the recent election in the United States, has us feeling as if we are sailing uncharted waters. A large number of the Americans said no to the old ways of doing business. Yet it’s not clear what people are for and what exactly they think the new should look like.

This can leave us feeling rattled especially if we are uncomfortable stepping into the unknown. Yet the unknown is really the only place of any new creation. How do we work with it without feeling overwhelmed by our fear of uncertainty? Trusting that something larger than our everyday selves is available to support and guide us is essential. Creativity, our ability to come us with new ideas and solutions in every area, is impossible without a willingness to be open and surrender to the inspiration that wants to come through us.

Creativity is all about working with the unknown. Whenever I start a piece of writing I rarely have more than a vague idea of where to even begin. Yet as I show up inspiration arrives to guide me as I go. I may ask a creative question, like what is this newsletter about, then let it go. This month the words dancing with the unknown popped into my mind and I could feel the importance of the subject at this time. As I sat down to write it came to me in pieces that I could weave together from my intuitive knowing. That’s how we can create anything, even our lives and our world.

Visionary creative Jan Phillips suggests “once we begin to see ourselves as creators of our lives, we can start to see ourselves as makers of the culture. And from there, we can weave our personal hopes and commitments into the social fabric around us . . . No political leader has the power to override or diminish the public imagination.”

We often resist playing with our imagination and opening to create new possibilities because some part of us considers the unknown to be unsafe. We can experience a physical sense of discomfort in our body that can keep us from even trying something new.

Try this: Close your eyes and take a few slow deep breaths relaxing your body on the exhale. Relaxing your body can make it easier to access your imagination. See your mind a blank slate as you continue to breathe. Focusing internally in a meditative way actually slows our brain waves down from everyday beta waves of the analytical mind to alpha waves of the intuitive mind. This doesn’t need to take a lot of time. In ten minutes we can feel more peaceful, centered and open to our creative imagination and the flow of new ideas and new stories for our lives and our world.

When we get a new idea that feels inspired we can act on it. Step by step we can create new ways of being in the world and navigate these uncertain times with grace and empowerment seeing the changes as an opportunity.

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