As most of you already know, I'm a girl of many talents and my heart speaks through creativity therefore chapter XII is an extension from within.
Whatever that creative "something" takes shape it makes my heart grow fond when I'm able to express my thoughts through creativity. This allows me to nurture my own creativity and make my heart dreams come true by sharing this "creative something" with you. Artist-To-Artist-In Service-of-The Artist I raise my voice, when I pay attention to the now and feel "something" meaningful enough to express to all of you, my beloved ones.
I personally see "imagination" and the creative process as "something" very blessing, it may look like drama seen up close as it’s unbalanced attributes might takes us through depression but from afar there is "something" that aspires me, perhaps hold us together in this wonderful adventure that is right here right now. Therefore making use of this "creative something" heals myself and others.
Creativity speaks to me in a more transcendental way. I see it like an ocean with a thousand moons and comets reflecting upon us. A multi-cultural platform of creative exchanges, a 3D sensorial world made possible. It’s the ability to communicate from one generation to the next by sharing signs and pieces of experience that really mattered at heat. Most of you already know that our hearts is what really connects as all in this global world as we know it today, that newsroom is dying and we are no longer driven by formula or plot. We happen to be living in the golden age of television where TV shows are driven and grow from character. Audiences come to a Tv series for a feeling and it’s this silverlining "feeling" of no translation that I wanted to share with you, us, the world, the people that still believe that is possible to create "something" That special "something" which becomes timeless.
Chapter XIIArtist to Artist “in service” of Artist
The general public in contemporary society often considers to be "presumptuous" and even "Audacious" someone who claims to be an “Artist” who does not hold some kind of validated "art" work sponsored by an outstanding platform or sustained payoff remuneration up to date. In fact, when you claim to be an Artist, the person outside of this lifestyle who receives that "about you" profile or biography will somehow immediately connect and correlate in their mind this idea of power, money and fame and if you don’t fit this criteria than you’re not a real artist, you’re a struggling artist maybe and therefore they may or may not pity you.
Being an artist is being someone virtuous, an inventor or even a creator. Meaning an individual "who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria". A creator of something that will be sort of tested as a standard of judgment, criticism or censor as if there was a rule or principle to evaluate or test something's beauty I guess "something" to be sublime and therefore meaningful enough that Society entitles it as "art". However if you look up the term "Artist" it states, " a person skilled in creative activity "n. 1580s, "one who cultivates one of the fine arts," Originally used especially of the arts presided over by the Muses (history, poetry, comedy, tragedy, music, dancing, astronomy), but also used 17c. For "one skilled in any art or craft" (including professors, surgeons, craftsmen, and cooks)" therefore the true meaning of being an artist applies to all fields and all human beings who work through creativity.
So, is it arrogant to claim yourself as an Artist?
I don't think so... same old story that if: you're still waiting to be found you better stop waiting for "Cupid charming Art love" to show up to unravel yourself as an "Artist" or the next "supernova".
In present days, people tend to confuse self-esteem with self-love and what creativity and even love is really about but our Hearts function through relationships, love, acceptance, self-control, compassion, guilt, forgiveness, harmony, peace, renewal and growth and it has nothing to do with personal or will power, knowledge, mental clarity, curiosity, control, wit or awareness. Heart is breathing, its circulation, lungs, arms, hands, fingers, ribs and all our immune system. Of course it’s not hard to understand how the lack of self-love will cause you cardiac, breath, lung problems, fear and depression. However, please note that it often happens when attached to a result by feeling pressure of not being meaningful or good enough to deserve or be loved back from your very own self and so you are willing to offer yourself as a sacrifice. However working through creativity does not mean you should offer yourself as a sacrifice, it should not be attached to a result, feel hard or a burthen because to be able to produce pure art, that very feeling that is somewhat connected to our hearts, it is very important to enjoy the process of creating. With that said, yes, I will consider an artist to be an individual who practices their creativity on a daily basis. Creativity comes from a place of pleasure and joy even if it hurts. It excites and it gives you an ongoing experience when you decide to get on board. Almost like a spiritual or daily cardio practice. It has nothing to do with being approved or worthy. It’s envy that roars in the head and it’s emotional but It’s also hope towards a greener more verdant future and it allows the individual to feel empower like travelling without a destination.
Creativity is a journey or unknown path that transcends us to the emotional context of experience and through that process we are able to connect to our emotions, in a very fun and useful way. Claudia Black states " trust in yourself your perceptions are often far more accurate then you are willing to believe".
Society as a whole can't quite analyze why we find that satisfaction, peace and rightness through creativity, we all have our own theory and opinion on the matter. However, we all know is that the actual process of it feels just like "that meeting place where lovers unite and where the action is, “the place where we all want or at least secretly desire to be".
As much as finding our soul mate does not particularly solve our problems, creativity is also a mixed bag. Like wine and passion or any romance, it bottles emotions and when the right one comes along you just know it. Creativity can be delicious and unforgettable but if you consume to much it will slowly poison you. However, if you take care of the quantity within the act of creation it will take care of quality.
The very act of creation is as passionate and powerful as any romance, bigger than yourself and that will certainly provide you with the endless creative experiences and exchanges. Creativity is being compassionate towards others but not quite the final word because is also kindness, truth or social justice. It arises from the realization beyond your family name, culture, identity and personal history, faults or foibles. Creativity possesses a unique delicate beauty, generosity and empathy for one another. Love and integrity is self-expression but creativity is interconnection. Imagination is what makes us us. As Carl Yung states "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity the creative mind plays with the objects it loves".
“It's allowing your spiritual blood to do what's supposed to do” claims Julia Cameron, “the ego is where our blocks towards creativity come from" because ego says: " I am going to do this if other people think that is good; I'm only doing this if I'm going to make a living out of it or I only want to do this if I know no one would make fun of me". Cameron continues by claiming that people are so attached to the result of their own creativity that they do not allow themselves to have the smallest dab of a dream..." creativity is “much more festive and childlike” and that’s what made possible to communicate thought time. Like Julia, I believe in the importance of the "creative process". The creative individual tends to come into this "loop of negative wonders where “possibility becomes far more frightening than impossibility”... We tend to think, question or even put "the wrong" intentions out there from the beginning. Most of the time this is not even conscious... so it's very hard to track something that we can't see, touch, listen , taste or feel in the first place. We might hear some words about it but words are just "theory", not enough to turn something "unconscious into conscious ". Cameron continues on the subject by saying that "people are often so attach to result that they tend to confuse what really matters when they start out by questioning about " what are the odds of getting this painting, movie, sculpture made", instead of asking themselves if I will enjoy creating a film script, a play and so on... If you think about that for a few seconds you realize that you give yourself minimal chance of success due to lack of commitment.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of uncertainty"- Erich Fromm
The outcome is always uncertain so if you try to control something which is out of your control theirs probable chance you blame yourself and the negative spiral downhill takes shape. However, this is not creativity. A true creation of art is not reached by judging yourself and others from your own shame on and personal fears. It can be called art for a certain extent but pure creativity is more than that and is actually found within each and everyone of us that is why Julia Cameron keeps saying that "it comes from a very pure source..."The creation itself is about the process of doing opposite, make mistakes, learn from finding out what works and what still doesn’t. Think to yourself, "I will have fun creating it "instead of "would people validate my work?
As Andy Warhol once stated "everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it" that's why people tend to limit their talents and confuse what creativity is all about to a certain extent. Julia Cameron believes that "creativity has nothing to do with talent but how the gift is received. Some people might be born within a creative family who supports them and meeting their mentor at an earlier age might help but creativity really runs in every human being”. "We are all creative beings "- says May Fienco. We are all capable of being creative. As matter effect it’s in our nature and probably what makes us human beings. Therefore Joseph Beuy's famously stated "Every Human Being is an Artist ".
"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art" - RWE
People are extremely talented, however majority have no means to be supported. Cameron supports the idea that “sometimes it has nothing to do with the strength of the gift that's why some artists keep on thanking their parents, mentors and claim there artistic careers would have never happened without their help and support” in a way... that instead of questioning about “how many of us are geniuses we should think about if there are many of us who have creative dreams, creative longing and creative talents that we have been to crippled, to frighten, to shy, to express"... and "if the tragedy of one's life happens to be this lack of courage to step out of whatever beliefs to act upon their dreams what if that person is genuinely as gifted as (she or he) secretly desires to be?"
"Creativity is intelligence having fun" says Albert Einstein or "creative work is play. It is free speculation using the materials of one's chosen form" stated Stephen Nachnenovitchbut. Joseph Chilhon Pearce goes further when he claims that "being creative is not a hobby it's a way of life and to live a creative life we must lose fear of being wrong". Therefore, only "out of limitations comes creativity" claims Debbien Allen.
Meister Eckhart talks about Creativity more as " when the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her enters into her own image ", which goes along with Norma Jean Harris belief that "art does not reproduce the visible rather it makes it visual".
J.K. Rowling is for me a perfect more recent example of what we strive for as storytellers as artists and in the creative process before validation. J.K Rowling manuscript was apparently sent to 12 different publishers and got rejected by every single one of them. It took her more or less 8 years by the time she was already finished with Harry Porters's trilogy until she set down (with "its actual editor" ) and have him publish her work. However, on that very day, Rowling still left with a warning: "that she should get a day job, because she wouldn’t make any money writing children’s books"... only when "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was published, she was able to prove everyone wrong.
J.K. Rowling is the perfect example of someone that went from being a jobless single mother living off unemployment benefits to one of the bestselling authors of all time. Rowling worked hard at her craft before anyone noticed and although she didn't have the validation from others at the time she was an Artist and Harry Porter a work of art. The result being pure creativity within her practicing it on a daily basis. The Artist within Rowling strengthened against all odds in the form of consistent rejection (meaning being able to focus on the process instead of the result ) made her became the first children book's author female billionaire. I truly believe as a result of her creative, spiritual process by working towards what really mattered to her at heart. Rowling claims that “By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew" and "failure is a stripping away of the inessential" which Emerson might see it as " Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail". Rowling stopped following the path already created by others by doing something different with her own talent and of course, confidence and self-belief play a role. However, Rowling stood out for herself' for what was already available to her and within her heart. She redirected her energy into what really matter to her "in the moment" and this is what's so unique and inspiring about JK Rowling's storyline. She "stopped pretending to herself anything other than what she was and from that point on she was able valued believe in herself and trust the creative process for what it really was "the only work that mattered to her".
I wonder if that inessential "something" that she names "failure" isn't really ...that "impossible kind of something", imaginary unreal world made "possible?" and somehow that "lullaby" we all have heard "over the rainbow" skies are blue.
Einstein once said that "imagination is far more important than knowledge" – I personally haven't fully reached that stage of freedom quite yet, but I am more than willing to believe that Mr. Albert was correct. Such as what happens in the main theme of the novel “Blindness”, by the Portuguese author Saramago, Julia Cameron, an American teacher, author, artist, poet, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist, affirms that “Creativity - like human life itself, begins in darkness”. I am inclined towards the notion that as blind as love, or as life itself, strangers can actually meet themselves and each other in the dark. It seems that Creativity "blinds" us as much as it "unbinds" us. For some individuals, quite inexplicably, creativity fades out, whereas for others, it can simply become adrift. However, I believe that Creativity can always be found, even if it only lasts for a night.
Transversally, there is another kind of Creativity, that subscribing Dante's words, is also possibly found in a place designated as "hell”, and where “nothing shines” – in a dark forest where you find yourself waking up from a state of "wandering" through the straight path, and “how hard” it was to reach it, or even describe that “wood of wilderness”, where you supposedly arrive to a dead end, only to find a beginning. This is, I suppose, the cruel kind of Creativity: the one that almost kills us, and which I happen to be an expert on… This dark wood only exists for us while we are walking through it wearing a veil, but in the midst of the journey, the veil does usually fall off at some point, and to which you either choose to see and feel you Creativity, or you simply do not. I have personally only reached Creativity to find that it poses a deep and profound interrogation.
What is Creativity and the Creative ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns and relationships; to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods or interpretations? What do these concepts encompass? Is there a state or quality in being creative? What is the difference between an Artist and a Creative? Aren't they both leading you to the creative activity, with the purpose of creating something from whatever thought, expression or imagination, which consequently results in a work of art, or as a method of innovation?
Creativity is the jet fuel delivery system for knowledge and wisdom. The gift we offer each other, and which makes everything else possible. However, those very tools which provide boundless human imagination and grant us the capacity of self-expression or artistic contemplation, may also entail a dark side, which can distort our very perception of reality as a viewer, through the subversion, corruption, or even through the manipulation of entire masses and populations.
Like flowers, some of us can grow in any soil, whilst others, very much like orchids, will only flourish in certain grounds. This doesn't necessarily indicate that the former can´t contribute with their free thinking and atypical minds towards different creative fields. It only indicates that the process to get there for “orchid types” might be different from those who get there in a more methodical way, or for those who strive more within their executive function.
Dr. Gail Saltz, an American psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author and television commentator, affirms that she has been struck by the enormous discrepancy how celebrated the genius. She has researched, studied and spoken about how genius individuals have suffered, and continue to suffer throughout their lives. A suffering which is not only a result of their apparent or diagnosed illnesses, but very much because they feel “rejected by others for being different”. As a result they isolate themselves and become lonely, “often void of real loving relationships and contentment in their lives”. “They have changed our worlds for the better with their art and their scientific discoveries”, but their personal world remains voided of warmth, comfort or acceptance by/of others, largely due to the fact that society lacks of understanding towards these individuals. "While their sparks enable them to create history altering innovations”, Society has “shunned many” through rejection. This may have caused them “great misery” and “emotionally to glider". The real peril coexists within the people that actually surround us, and in which "words are of course the most powerful drug used by mankind" – quotes by Rudyard Kipling.
Therefore the answer must pretty much lie in mastering our communication, and for this same matter, it is important to start attributing the accurate names to things, and redefining what it really means to be an Artist, or perhaps, a Creative at heart. An "Artist" is a person skilled in a creative activity; in one or more of the visual primarily arts for aesthetic purposes such as: painting, sculpture, drawing, graphics, architecture, design, among several other artistic fields, or someone who happens to rise in one or more of the performing arts, such as theatre, music, dance, performance, or even within the media, such as the radio, cinema or television. An “Artisan”, meaning a craftsman, handicraft person, a "chef", a fashion or interior designer. There are also some examples or artisans who are considered artists, such as a ”Composer”, who could perfectly be a novelist, a writer or melodist, a singer-writer, a serialist or even a tunesmith soundtrack musician. In fact "the Artist" is seen as an expert that could range from a magician to a virtuoso of some kind; a specialist, proficient master. A knowledgeable, gifted person with exceptional skills. There is also ”Artistry” in trickery or deceit, meaning the person who exhibits creative endeavours and conniving resourcefulness. At last but not least, an "Artist" can also be considered a creator, a generator, a producer, a maker, an initiator, and consequently an inventor, such as a pioneer, a founder, a builder, a designer or even a multi-purpose architect. A “Creative” can be a person who has the quality or power to create something through their intellect, such as declarations, speeches or history that may or may not require knowledge or imagination, and which can be transformed into poetry, tragedy or comedy, resulting in works of original thought patterns, that refer to whatever expression, visualization, perceptiveness, imaginative, exceptional mind trip or whatever interpretation that can be wise, talented or inspirational towards a brilliant consideration. This unique something which can be Created is not habitually achieved through an ordinary process.
My aim here is to raise my voice from Artist to Artist "in service" of the “Artist" in all of those who are skilled in the creative activity. A concept which is not the same as the word "Creative" but yet, comprises all Creatives who have that original quality or talent that enables them to create - either it be a person who is already aware of it and therefore creates on a regular basis, or one who also might have happened to be born with this capacity, but for some reason, is still blocked in that process of development.
There is no such thing as a struggling or tortured artist. This is mankind’s invention. In fact, Gail Saltz describes the "Origin of the tortured artist" did not only emerge from the "effects of illness" but also due to the effects of our "reactions to illness and difference". Asserting that every brain and every life holds some kind of potential. ”Squashing that potential by dismissing those who are outside of some standard mould is not only cruel on an individual level but is a flat waste on a sociable level." Therefore we should be "armed with the knowledge of how to treat and manage the differences that cause suffering, by knowing how to best mind the potential that accompanies differences. We cannot only increase the genius of many but also enhance the quality of life for many millions" With this implicit notion, you can subsequently stop seeing Creativity as something frightening or dodgy to pursue, and remind yourself that most of what our damn culture declares as neurosis, derives from blocked creativity in opposition to our purest versions, which are part of the holistic and user-friendly universe, that can indeed hear our prayers. Creativity connects us to our emotions and intuitions. It metabolizes life and is a spiritual practice which connects all "Artists" (in service of human life itself) with the great creator. The "shit that hits the fan" is somewhere around the lines in being able to recognize the difference between Mars and Jupiter. In the same alignment with Julia Cameron´s views "For those who speak in spiritual terms, routinely referred to God as "Creator" but seldom see "Creator" as the literal term for "Artist". Cameron suggests you take the term "Artist" literally if you are seeking to forge a creative alliance from Artist to Artist with the great "Creator". Accepting this concept can greatly expand your Creative possibilities". Just as Julia Cameron, I am willing to believe that God is an Artist. Whatever God it may be. Either Christian, Judaic, Buddhist, Muslim or any other perspective of a supreme faith. In view of the universe, of angels perhaps, of the sun, of the stars and constellations, "God's will is for us to be creative"...
When we stop to observe, one can perceive that billions of us remain stuck in the "realms of Creativity", merely swimming along like plain Nemo's, who unassumingly pee in the sea rather than striving into their expanded self. Many are aware that when one makes the decision of leaving our comfort zone, taking the chance to dive into whatever shape of water is in front of you at that very moment, is actually what may lead you forward towards real expansion and the possibility to swim together, as much as being able to Co-create in a more vast and joyful way.
What is holding Pisces back? Why are Pisces still “bounded to together" yet swimming in opposite directions; and what does this concept signify to you, to me, to your loved ones, to our lives and to those who were not specifically born under the Pisces star sign?
Writing as an artist to artists in general, I feel that the better we understand what it means to co-create in a more expansive and elated way, the more conscious we are about our own preconceived ideas of what may stand beyond us, and the freer we get to plug-in, tap or jump into Creativity, consequently becoming more capable to formulate more creative, broad, effusive, extensive, comprehensive and wide raging choices which are based on love and freedom, rather than on fear. The Author Julia Cameron appropriately pointed out that "Anyone honest will tell you that possibility is far more frightening than impossibility, that freedom is far more terrifying than any prison. If we do, in fact, have to deal with a force beyond ourselves, that involves itself in our lives, then we may have to move into action on previously impossible dreams". Bearing this principle in ourselves makes is easier to reach a state of understanding that the nonverbal language of dreams, which is a trait attributed to the Pisces sign, may possibly assist us in remembering who we are, and help us in finding our own or perhaps collective "logic of the soul", through imagination and spiritual practices, in order to dissolve many unnecessary and artificial boundaries which are solely created by ourselves and that ultimately result in an outcome of collective tumble.
One of my favorite Artist's way quotes refers to us Artists as being just like "spiritual sharks” with a "ruthless truth" based on the notion that "if we don't keep on moving, we sink to the bottom and die". I guess that's probably why the bewildered and confused clownfish "Marlin" from the 2003 Pixar-Disney movie Finding Nemo is continuously advised to keep on swimming to seek for significance in order to fulfil a purpose in life, and consequentially, his purpose ended up being fulfilled, bit by bit, with each struggle and achievement.
As Carl Yung quoted decades ago in the book Memories, Dreams, Reflections “Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable - perhaps everything." In Jules Verne’s classic "twenty thousand leagues under the sea" we might have gotten familiar with the Latin “Nemo” word’s origin, meaning "no one". Hence I am guessing that if we keep on swimming and therefore stepping out of just hoping that life will be long and perhaps merely endurable, to really imagining what it might be like at it most joyous, fun and exciting "in between dimensions" state, it may likely help us orbit and easily travel towards a more expansive creative domain rather than bearing the hardship, confinement or grit. Regardless of so much and bottom line, one might be finding out yourself to be the "Nemo", adrift at the length of time and space.
Quoting Piero Ferrucci "How often - even before we began - have we declared a task impossible? And how often have we constructed a picture of ourselves as inadequate? A great deal depends on the thought patterns we choose and on the persistence with which we affirm them." Conversely, when we discuss such a broad subject such as Creativity, many meanings from spirituality, to lack of boundaries, sacrifice, illusion or even delusion might emerge. And this is due to us being so very "small" in comparison with this infinite and fantastic watery and oceanic scenery, full of misty and immense waves which might drown us into chaos, feelings, emotions, tears and even self-sabotage. Nevertheless and even then, these same waters of the womb may become healing through self-awareness, positive indulgence, divine bathing, music, and art in its wide-ranging interpretation.
The author Michele Shea describes Creativity as the following: “Creativity is seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God". In this perception, one can emphasize how Creativity can remind us that linear time is an illusion, an infinite being, and the individual reality; the very source of dreams and imagination that makes millions of us around the world search for acceptance, identity, power, integrity, possibility, abundance, connection, consistency, compassion, true success, autonomy and faith. Creativity allows us to learn, to collaborate, to overcome and transcend. It defines our species and gives us the power to process thoughts, patterns and ideas; to organize them and to think collectively. Creativity brings us waves of data and information that we "exchange" at the speed of light on a daily basis, and in our lives it awakens each and all of us through its play of ideas which constantly amazes me, and which can be sustained by W. Somerset Maugham´s quote: "It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it" Creativity is this witty engine that fuels our modern world and our lives towards a new age of interconnection through history, poetry, comedy, drama, music, dance or astronomy, and which refuses to accept anything but the best.
"Be really whole and all things will come to you” - LAO-TZU
Not surprisingly, and interconnected to the subject of this article, the film "The Shape of Water" has just won best 2018 motion picture in Hollywood. Currently, the groundbreaking anti-sexual assault and women's empowerment "Time's Up" movement is now taking action on previous wounding patterns embedded over generations. The author, blogger, and entrepreneur Mark Manson, who after publishing his best-selling book, "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life", currently kindles two million people per month into reading his blog. The present times are definitely up" for "Pisces"; not merely as a star sign or in terms of astrology, but rather as a representation of all human personal and collective waters existing in our little blue planet.
Pisces symbolically represents the duality within us all. Part of us practice to exist by finding a "self to express" (often quoted by Chaplin) which manifests itself through a singular tone and individuality, as a result of our internal nature and consequential human condition. As our other half works to remember and yearn toward our pre and post birth union, it will also encourage us to continue to express and manifest, but from an inside-out perspective or approach; perhaps in a more spiritual, rather than human form. We often attempt to forget the "bigger picture", our "soul map" and ultimately our "spirit self" by avoiding what is tangible to us. However, the same happens with the opposite side of the spectrum, with the spirit that longs to return home to infinity, which may at times avoid us to become too grounded within our own bodies, and on this planet. For those at their most limited, can even be tempted to embrace the creative world of chaos and confusion through addictions, co dependence, intrusions or ego inflation, consequentially damaging their own selves and others around them. It is important for artists to understand that creativity doesn’t solely reside on working around the clock and by being able to sweat, strive, pursue and arrive to the state of requiem for a dream; I have found as true that one should let go of the obsession and illusion of "desire", achievement, possessiveness or to even flight for its control. By accepting and allowing life to guide you, imagination can emerge and a higher spark of Creativity can flow from within. The Pisces symbolism within this article is clearly intentional, in correlation to the present time of the year, which is currently the month of the Pisces sign. Please note that my intention is to refer to the Pisces sign´s figurative representative of two fish bounded together from their tails, swimming in opposite directions. The image within this article, subjectively symbolizes this same idea of both forces going in opposite directions resides within all human beings. A particular analogy of the Pisces sign may be that essentially some "fish" may be more blocked than others, whilst some may appear to be crazier than the rest of us. Although a lot is certainly formatted through genetic inheritance, experience, surrounding environment and all of the above combined together, regardless of what is your condition, fact is that these two sides are part of us; both forces are equally valuable and do not only reside within but overlap in us all. Through time and space we all have the chance to "swim" backwards and forwards, left or right, upwards or downwards, within this imaginary line, as Claude M Bristol envisioned: "Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage."
Our continuous challenge is to find the best ways to integrate and materialize both parts of us in a holistic human form. As time passes, eventually, even at the present moment, reality is swimming in opposite directions, and the current is swelling at a large scale, which can only turn out to be unhelpful, if we are bounded together by our human tails, resulting in the act of "getting stuck in the middle" which implies that in the end we aren't really swimming either way. If we are not going anywhere, it means that we will be drifting without a purpose; perhaps lost and feeling constricted within our limitations, which are most probably already upside down, being carried for instead of actually swimming. Chances are we are already falling at the speed of light and we will continue to fall for as long as it takes until we reach the bottom. Since Babylonian times, all which is asked from us is that we embrace the parts of us that are beyond the senses as much as we bring to the surface what is wounded and imperfect and heal ourselves and others through compassion and understanding, which is correspondingly a trait that is frequently attributed to the Pisces sign. Ultimately creativity is a spiritual issue, therefore it is paramount for one to be able to have faith and pay attention to our surroundings. Stop and see them; listen and acknowledge your own physical body. What shapes do you envision within yourself and your own abundant ocean which is presently a living being on this earth?