I start the computer part of the day by checking the overnight emails and blogs and newsletter subscriptions. For about a week now the first one I open is Heron Dance. (Thanks to Dr. Michael who first put me onto the link that led me here).
When I open Heron Dance, what first appears is a lovely original watercolor of wildlife or something emotionally provocative. This is followed by a thoughtful paragraph quoted from an artist or writer of note. Then another paragraph, entitled Roderick McIver’s Journal. He calls his site Reflections of a Wild Artist.
For exciting visual art and his thought-provoking meanderings that jump start the creative part of my own mind, I am pleased to add https://herondance.infusionsoft.com to the Blogs I like page.
Below are excerpts from his April 15, 2011 newsletter.
. . . the creative act is a combination of conscious and subconscious thoughts that cannot or should not be deciphered.
–– Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., from her book Boundaries
Intuition is nurtured in solitude. Its power is enhanced by rest. A meditation practice helps. I think prayer helps–the power of prayer is mysterious. A long daily walk helps. Meditating and then journaling, in particular asking my creative work questions as if it was a person, and recording the answers that come back, is a crucial part of the way I encourage and work with my intuition.
— Rod MacIver
So read your own emotional body. People look for direction from the outside, but we get this constant direction from right within ourselves. Most of us don’t recognize the things we feel upset about, unhappy about, as guidance. We see them as things that are happening to us rather than as direction we are getting from the universe–the feedback loop. When you have clarity, your life begins to flow with ease. The ease is the feedback saying, “Ah, yes. This is the path.”
– Andy Smyth, founder Wilderness Way, an organization that offers canoe trips into northern Canada.