I use Medicine Cards, by Jamie Sams and David Carson, in my daily practice/morning ritual. Right before getting to work, I pull one card to reveal what animal energy I need to be awake to that day. I reflect on it a bit and try to incorporate that energy into the day.
At the beginning of my week, I pulled the Butterfly Card. This seemed appropriate since this was my week of no social media, and without the distraction of social media Pat and I had time to nurture an idea that had recently poked its head into our sphere of creativity.
In the absence of social media, we have the room, the space for the dreaming up this next phase for us.
And speaking of phases, that Butterfly Card is about the cycles of creation, which every project goes through.
There is a book that accompanies the cards. Its explanation of the Butterfly Card reads,
You may be at the egg stage, which is the beginning of all things. This is the stage at which an idea is born, but has not yet become a reality. The larva stage is the point at which you decide to create the idea in the physical world. The cocoon stage involves ‘going within’: doing or developing your project, idea, or aspect of personality. The final stage of transformation is the leaving of the chrysalis and birth. This last step involves sharing the colors and joy of your creation with the world.”
As I write this, our dream project is at the beginning of the cocoon stage. We have received the inspiration, the seed of the idea, accepted it, and decided to pursue it. Now we are brainstorming, researching, creating action plans, setting deadlines, and getting ready to form this project into a butterfly. It’s helpful to break down a creative project into these stages because it actually helps to manifest a seed to acknowledge its existence, to set intention behind it (or to say yes to it), to do the work to bring it into the world, and then to finally share it.
This cycle can even be applied to your daily activities. For instance, you may decide you’d like to have a more joyful day. That’s your seed. Next, decide to accept that you want a joyful day. Then decide to take joyful action (however you see fit), and finally, share your joy with others.
All of the creative projects in which we engage fall into one of these four stages. You can examine where you are in your creative project and invite the next phase to come. Just being aware of your developmental stage will help you to evolve into the next phase.
Get yourself ready for the next transformation by appreciating where you are at now, asking what’s the next best thing, and inviting it to manifest.
What phase is your creative project in?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.