“I’ve been to paradise,
but I’ve never been to me…”
Ron Miller and Kenneth Hirsch – songwriters
The opportunity for self discovery, for realising the true creative you, may begin in the field, in paradise, playing with flora, fauna, land and light, but it is during the connection phase that the journey of creative self realisation can really begin. This is the process where your photograph, piece of writing or painting can be enhanced through the act of connection with others. This is where you can experience the intense joy of sharing your observations and feelings. Of course in this day and age you can do it with the whole wide world with a single click!
Each event in this the final act in our play can tell of episodes in the drama and each stage gives the play its layers of meaning as it builds to the last act. In our dramatisation of the creative journey, while each act has its twists and turns, this last act may contain some surprising challenges as we reflect on how much of our inner selves to reveal. This is where you will meet the real you. You will see your fears face to face. If you are online you may be tempted to cover your art work with copyright warnings, or you may dodge an opportunity to speak when invited or say no, out of fear, to a one person exhibition of your work. The world is full of creative fear, but it is a choice. You can choose not to be fearful.
Reminiscent of stage fright, such decisions will always be a challenge. But, as with stage fright, during the performance misgivings slip away with the discovery that the experience of connecting creatively with others not only enhances life experience but also brings understanding of the natural world, the world of which we are such an influential part.
Above: If any bird connects with its environment it is the noisy, flocking Rainbow Lorikeet.
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