Wednesday, September 21, 2011

9/22/11—Reveling in the Joy of Creation

Today's Draw: Three of Fire from the Gaian Tarot. What creative process brings you complete joy from performing it? How does that compare to processes you merely enjoy? Has something you used to love lost its sparkle? Why do you think that is?

Also known as the Three of Wands, this card is traditionally about planning, overseeing or surveying one's passionate vision. Now that the first steps have been taken, it's time for the universe to do all the heavy lifting while we observe. This is more a card of power and confidence as you watch the snowball rolling than one of action. 

But Joanna Powell Colbert's deck is not a traditional one. Her Three of Wands is about passion, yes. But it's about the 100% immersion, participation and JOY of the creative process. A traditional three is more of a visionary role. This is the passionate creator who digs getting their hands dirty and rolling in the fire of creation. Whether this is about a creative endeavor or sex, this card encourages you to express yourself with confidence and abandon. 

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how I'm frequently more of a concept or idea person, placing execution as a lesser joy in the process. But there are some exceptions. Tarot reading is one of them. And part of my everyday job is writing radio and TV spots for clients. I don't get to do it very often. I write more TV than radio these days and rarely get to participate in the production. I'm not much of a TV producer anyway. But if I do say so myself, I've got some skilz when it comes to audio production. 

Anyway, this time last week I spent two whole days in the studio after a long sabbatical from the process. I had forgotten how much fun it is to work with talent and an engineer to get the right performance and sound. It's a joyful process for me and that energy appeared to spill over. The engineer I was working with teaches audio production on a university level and he said I taught him a new technique that he was going to share with his students the following week. That was pretty cool.

I wish I relished the finger-licking goodness of some of the writing I'm doing these days. Part of it is the nature of the projects I have in the hopper and part of it is that thing I said before about preferring the idea stage. The next couple of days I'll be working more on my book than on my normal job. It's not that I don't like the writing process, it's just a different kind of satisfaction is all. It's not like I don't get lost in it and feel like I've been transported elsewhere. I do. I get all caught up in it, but joy isn't the word I'd use, like I might for tarot or audio production. 

Anyway, because I chose this card, I'm going to see if I can't approach my book work with a different energy and see what I get. This is one of the rare occasions I have where there are no expectations outside of my own to worry about. 

What transports you into the joy zone?

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