CREATIVE SOLITUDE

Solitude, a word that comes from the Latin “solus,” is akin to the Greek word “holos,” signifying whole, entire.

You’d be hard pressed to find a creative person who isn’t intensely aware of their aloneness, and yet, like anyone else, they live in a relationship. However, instead of a social relationship, they rely upon a deep abiding relationship with an intuitive awareness of their special gift. There’s a sense of partnership with their subconscious intuition and imagination to get their work done.

And so the creative person working in solitude are not really “alone.” They have an intense love affair with aspects of their creative self. Henry James once said that the “essential loneliness” of his life constituted his “deepest” aspect.

The quality of relationship with one’s own inner dynamics, which are nurtured in solitude, provide the conditions for creativity. The feeling arises, when we are creating, that we are doing what we are meant to do and it is sustained by the experience of being touched by something larger– an experience that one simply cannot explain, but instead must honor and serve.

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May

2 Responses

  1. Pam,

    I must confess,I see myself only as a student of life with the same problems and limitations of any one else…I hope no one overestimates my knowledge while underestimating their own understanding…life experiences are the best teacher rather than the written word…much of what is posted in my blog is gathered from the Internet,edited and organized to make up a consistent theme.

    Looking at your background as a professional skier and caretaker of horses seem to me very rich experiences beyond that of the average person…so it may be that we can learn from each other.

    Sid

  2. I wish I had met you when I was younger. I think your wise words and approach to life would have explained so much to me.

    This Creative Solitude composition has brought a smile to my heart; I even went further and joined the college today.

    I have lived on and off with a muse myself, connected to a higher power
    I have experienced a different place. Call it my Quantum Muse.

    It is time for me to get closer to her. This is fantastic.

    I am far from reading everything you have written but so far you have inspired me more than anybody ever before.

    I thank the gods for bringing you into my life.

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