This is my first post in about two weeks, and I haven’t forgotten about my blog at all. It’s just that I have a finite amount of pure fire energy to work with. This pure fire energy is basically my creative fire. That twinge of inspiration that has enough umph to make me put what’s in my head, and heart, and soul, out into the physical world. I think human beings perhaps have varying levels of pure fire energy they can tap into at any time. But I know my limits, and I know what I have to give. Lately, this energy has been needed in other areas of my life. So my blog and podcast have been a bit abandoned, and that’s okay.
I was thinking about this on my drive to work today. Work has been super busy for the last few months, because I have been expending lots of creative energy on a project that has just completed. I was asked to design an exhibition catalog for an exhibition featuring the photographic work of Arthur Tress. Included in this exhibition are also pieces of his collection of Japanese illustrated books. We received final printed copies of the catalog last week, and the exhibition opening was this past Friday. I feel very proud to be a part of this beautiful project!
This catalog designed by moi!
PURE FIRE ENERGY
I often think about art, where it comes from, and how to keep that fire burning. Arthur Tress gave a little talk at the opening, and even though he’s in his 80’s, he still seems so inspired by so many things. And he continues to act on his inspiration regularly, starting new photographic projects all of the time. This is why I said I think we all have varying levels of pure fire energy. I think Arthur’s flame might burn a little hotter than mine, and that’s completely fine. I know I have a flame and I always try to tend to it, never neglecting its needs.
Where do you think this flame inside of us comes from? Maybe it’s our soul compelling us to act. Or perhaps it’s our heart, gently whispering to us through things that we find inspirational. Maybe it’s god, or the goddesses, or the universe, just handing us creative gifts. And it’s our job to be the vessel and to let the pure fire energy flow. I think I identify with the latter idea most. But I also think it’s up to each of us to decide, and there is no wrong answer.
I ONLY HAVE SO MUCH TO GIVE
I’m not one of those people who pushes and pushes even though my body is screaming for rest. I just can’t do it. I think I respect Mother Nature and The Body too much, and I know how badly things can go if we don’t listen to these wise entities. Our bodies are always speaking to us. They know what they need and they know how to take care of themselves. It’s truly our job to collaborate with them, every day, checking in and giving our bodies what they need. Every body is also very specific, so only I can determine what my body might need on any given day. And the same goes for you!
As much as I have wanted to be putting energy into my blog and podcast, I just haven’t had the juice. It’s been used up at work. And I don’t think we can conjure our pure fire energy. It shows up for us and when we deplete it, we must restore it first, before we can use it again.
OTHER THINGS THAT I’VE BEEN GIVING MY PURE FIRE ENERGY TO
In addition to work, I’ve also just been pulled in other directions. And it’s all good and these are things that make me happy. My blog isn’t going anywhere and I’m not leaving it. I just don’t think I have much to give to it right now.
1. I had COVID several weeks ago and that zapped me.
2. My dear friend is getting married this weekend and even though I have VERY little responsibility in the planning, I’ve been involved with the celebrations and supporting my loved ones who ARE doing the planning. I’m so excited!
3. I’ve been putting a lot of energy towards making my apartment as beautiful and comfortable as can be.
4. The weather is getting colder here in PA, and I think a fundamental part of this change of season is honoring the fact that our internal fire tends to cool off naturally.
5. I’m still very involved in my Tarot course and that’s been ongoing for months.
AND THAT’S ALL I GOT FOR NOW
Honestly, that’s all the pure fire energy juice that I have for you right now. But I felt aligned with this little message and wanted to eek it out before the fire died out or got pulled in another direction. I miss my blogging friends and I hope you haven’t forgotten me! I certainly haven’t forgotten you and I hope to hear from you, even if it’s just a small hello xo
Do you identify with this idea of pure fire energy? Are you a pusher or do you know when to rest and restore? Do you notice a change in your flame with the change of the seasons? And what do you do when you can feel your flame being stretched to its limits?
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Featured photo by Benjamin DeYoung on Unsplash
Arthur Tress and the Japanese Illustrated Book photo provided by Brilliant Graphics
Charcoal embers photo by SHOT on Unsplash