12 Days of Creativity 2012 – Day 12
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Take a deep breath.
Look up from the screen.
Station 12 and the Wheel of Creativity gives me… a ripe crop to harvest
Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep,
“he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone,
is nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”
But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide,
that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks
than to the least of all the blades of grass;
And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song
made sweeter by his own loving.
Work is love made visible.
– Kahlil Gibran
For much of my life I struggled with what seemed an insurmountable choice between two opposing paths: the work I did for love and the work I did for money. Never the ‘twain shall meet was my mantra then. But something about this just did not sit well with me. Now in Station 12, as I harvest my new book, I can see how they work together.
As I have lived my life, I’ve come to realize that we live in a world of opposites: up and down, left and right, day and night, male and female, good and evil. This is how the human being experiences life. And it can seem like a major conflict most of the time. But that’s not the whole story.
It’s taken me many years to realize that the fundamental principles of life are opposite forces: active and receptive, masculine and feminine. When they are used together, they are the most creative force in the world. This is what, when I set out on my first journey into the void in 1994, a beautiful yogini in Chicago introduced to me as “The Sacred Marriage.”
The creative journey of life is not about choosing one path or the other but integrating the two. The work you do in the world to make your living is the active (masculine) principle: Go out and get what you need. The work you do for love is the receptive (feminine) principle: Be open, welcome and take care of what you have. Both are required to create a New Thing of any sort. The New Thing that calls you is your companion through The Wheel of Creativity. Don’t quite before you harvest the crop.
The HARVEST is station 12 and brings The Wheel of Creativity full circle.
What will it take to make the work you do for love the work you do for money?
It’s a gift to yourself that keeps on giving all through the year.
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