Creativity Leads to Good Exhaustion

Daily Draw May 28th, 2011

I was fiddling with a design for a redwork block for a sampler quilt and made a mock-up to send to the artist to ask permission to use it. I was really happy that the artist, one of my favourites, gave me permission, so all systems are go.

Except I have run out of background fabric! I have been working on this quilt for 14 years, and I have morphed through several fabric patterns, always keeping to the colour scheme of red with green and off-white or cream. So naturally I wanted to go to the quilt shop which is 40 minutes away and we managed to get there at a time when we were the only people in the shop and had a few laughs with the two ladies working and I got some marvellous fabric for this quilt plus three beautiful blue fabrics to help me finish off a blue sampler quilt. Thank goodness for tax returns, and a bit of extra money.

I also got some special interfacing that I’ve been trying to find for months to go with a purse pattern I want to make. Success!!

So we finally got to eat at 3 in the afternoon and I pulled my card of the day then. Except one card fell out of the pack and I noticed it after I drew another card, so I was fated to get two cards.

From the wonderful Osho Zen Tarot:

9 OF FIRE – EXHAUSTION (9 of Wands)

III – CREATIVITY (The Empress)

The Exhaustion card is about how you can deplete your whole life energy by being too attached to living a certain way and your own self-importance and work. We can also become rigid in routines and forget to be spontaneous. In order to truly relax we have to let the ready-made answers go and let our rigid ideas go.

The Creativity card, and thank goodness we don’t have the simplistic Big Mom syndrome going on in this particular take on the archetype, is also about quality of life, and how creativity is a union with the divine, abandoning yourself to the mysterious, doing what you do creatively, whatever that is. Love what you do. See the glow about her head—connected to the divine, she is suffused with energy.

I like the way these cards go together for my day. I spontaneously decided to dash out and get some fabric because I was all fired up for a creative project. We were both exhausted after, but we had fun, it was so nice for a change. I have pre-washed all my fabric and tomorrow I will cut out my background and get going on this embroidery.

That’s what I like, that is my creativity in action, my attitude, my approach.

“Whatever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine.”


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