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March 31, 2006

A Little Intellectual Intercourse…..

Filed under: News — chantal @ 12:07 am

The article titled “Energy and Imagination” by John Spivey appeared on Blogcritics today, and it totally blew my mind.

John, a brilliant writer, talks about how there are certain people with an unstable inner Energy. And for those of us afflicted with it, often we can become tortured by this internal conflict; but one way to harness this precarious flow of Energy is to use ones Imagination.

“Imagination is the connection that we establish to the mystery at the heart of things.”

For me, I’ve been struggling a lot lately with my role and identity as an artist. I think that inherently creative people tend to be way more introspective than the average person, so this sort of self-circumspection is probably just par for the course. But I just seem to question lately how exactly am I supposed to express what I feel bubbling inside of me. There’s just so much there right now, and much of it is all energy that I think I have been ignoring for many years, now it’s ready to come out.

I wonder how am I being received, how will I be received…?

I understand my medium of choice, the medium that has been calling me for as long as I can remember. I just hope I can do It justice, and allow all this Energy to flow properly.

And John’s article just reminded me that I need to tap into my Imagination.



  1. It’s odd, as a writer, I find I’m not terribly introspective…on purpose. I have this inherent faith in my unconscious to unearth the creativty while my conscious mind make sure it will make sense to more than my unconscious.

    But I wonder if that’s the difference between writers and photographers or other visual artists?

    Comment by MSchannon — April 8, 2006 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  2. Mark….
    That ‘inherent faith’ must come from experience and confidence.

    I’m still working on that.

    As far as the difference between visual artists and writers, I think the only difference is the medium. The drive within us all is the same, that erupting energy that urges us to do what we do.

    What I find interesting though, is that I gain more inspiration from associating with writers, as opposed to being around photographers and other visual artists.

    Thanks for reading.

    Comment by chantal stone — April 9, 2006 @ 1:18 am | Reply

  3. That’s an excellent observation about inherent faith–coming from experience and confidence.

    I’ve been a writer since I knew that one could do it. Luckily, in my professional life, I was able to earn a good living doing business writing, but I’ve only just in the last year or so been able to write decent fiction.

    (I should be putting this on my blog!) So why is that I could rely on my unconscious to write great speeches but not great fiction until recently.

    Something to ponder…

    Comment by MSchannon — April 9, 2006 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  4. Oh my gosh, I edited Spivey’s article! (I’m also an editor on BlogCritics.)

    You have to get his book, The Great Western Divide. I’ve been struggling with some major personel issues around work & what I want to do with the last xx years of my life (I’m 57), and John’s book has been a revelation.

    Some great thinker once said that “revelation” is just remembering–it was me, I think. But he’s got me remembering the things I gave up for job success, and, while I’m happy for the success, I gave up to much and am struggling to find a way back.

    Plus he’s a wonderful writer. Check out all his posts on BC.

    Comment by MSchannon — April 19, 2006 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  5. Actually, I lied above. That wasn’t the Spivey article I edited. Look for one on Coyote!

    Comment by MSchannon — April 19, 2006 @ 9:22 am | Reply

  6. Mark…
    I’m actually reading The Great Western Divide right now. I know you’re an agnostic, and I’m not sure how this fits into your beliefs, but it always amazes me that certain things can come into your life, at just the right time. I started reading Spivey’s articles on BC just at the time when I began to ask questions and search for answers about things in my own life. I guess I’ve been looking for a different perspective–or more like looking to define my own perspective a little better. Anyhow, Spivey’s writings have come to me at just the right time, and I thank God for that, I thank God for Spivey’s eloquence and his gift.

    So, yes, I’ve read and commented on the Coyote article. I knew you were an editor on BC. In fact, I think you even edited something I wrote once. (shame on you for not remembering!)

    Comment by chantal stone — April 19, 2006 @ 11:25 am | Reply

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