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Secrets of creation: Marry your field

posted by Robert Moss

Eve voyage 80X80 (1).jpg“The poet marries the language, and out of this marriage the poem is born.” This beautiful, passionate statement was made by W.H. Auden and it takes us right inside the crucible in which all creative action is born. It’s sexy, it’s spiritual, it makes your heart beat faster, it puts a champagne fizz of excitement into the air. It suffuses everything around with incredible light, so you feel you are seeing the curve of a flower stem or the bubbles in a glass for the very first time.

Such depth, such passion, such focused rapture is not only the province of poets, though we may need poetic speech to suggest what and how it is. Are you with me now? I am talking about you, and the creative leap you can and will make in the year ahead. I spoke here recently about the essence of the creative act, which is to bring something new into the world. You may have no earthly idea, at this moment, about how exactly you can do that.
Let me offer some eminently practical guidance, based on what Auden said about the roots of creation. 
Start by marrying your field.

What is your field? It’s not work in the ordinary sense, or what your diplomas say you are certified to do, or how you describe yourself in a job resume – although it can encompass all of those things. Your field is where you ache to be. Your field is what you will do, day or night, for the sheer joy of the doing, without counting the cost or the consequences. Your field is the territory within which you can do The Work that your deeper life is calling you to do. Your field is not limitless. You can’t bring anything into creative manifestation without accepting a certain form or channel, which requires you to set limits and boundaries. So your field is also the place within which the creative force that is in you will develop a form.
If you are going to bring something new into your world this year, find the field you will marry, as the poet marries language, as the artist marries color and texture, as the chef marries taste and aroma, as the swimmer marries the water.
Let’s say that you have a notion that your creative act may involve writing. Maybe you even think you have a book, or a story or screenplay in you. For you, marrying the field will require you to marry words, and be their constant lover. You’ll engage in orgies of reading, have tantric sex with a first (or third) draft. You’ll kiss your lover in the morning by writing before you go out into the world, and when you go out you’ll gather bouquets for your sweetheart by collecting fresh material from the call of a bird, the rattle of a streetcar, the odd accent of that guy on the cellphone, that unexpected phrase in the ad in the subway car.
You’ll work at all this, because marriages aren’t always sweet. Some days you may hardly be on speaking terms. Some days you feel your partner hates you or is cheating on you with someone else, maybe the fellow who just got a piece in the New Yorker or is merely in front of the mike in the neighborhood poetry slam. But you carry on. You fetch the groceries. You tuck your partner up in bed at night, and promise to dream together.
And out of this constancy – through tantrums and all – will come that blaze of creation when the sun shines at midnight, when time will stop or speed for you as you will, when you are so deep in the Zone that no move can be wrong. Depending on your choice of theme and direction, you may find you are joined by other creative intelligences, reaching to you from across time and dimensions in that blessed union that another poet, Yeats, defined as the “mingling of minds”.
When the sun no longer shines at midnight, when you are back on clock time, you won’t waste yourself regretting that today you’re not in the Zone. You are still married. You’ll do the work that now belongs to The Work. 
Voyage” by Eve Fouquet. Visit the artist’s website at http://www.etincelledevie.fr/ 

  • http://sothismedias.com Justin Patrick Moore

    I now see an evolution: create my own field, marry my field, and give birth to new creations, which will themselves multiply when they are ripe.

  • http://www.wandaburch.com Wanda Burch

    This is a tall order for the beginning of my book. It is not so hard to imagine my soldiers dreaming of home under strange roofs, knowing no ease, in a landscape where I find my own marriage.

  • Nina

    This is a beautiful and passionate description of a really deep creative process and I love the comparision with earthly marriage which has its ups and downs even in the best bonds.
    I would also like to share Michelangelo´s contemplative poem which we have discovered at the current exhibition of his marvellous drawings (his contemporaries guarded them like jewels). The poem shows his most intimate relationship to the Creator of all our creations and the immense depth of his own spirit. In this marriage terminology I´d give the Creator the invisible part of the Main Guardian (almost like a plumber and detective Caponangeli in Pane e tulipani, but maybe a bit less awkward) of the sacred partnership. In all “marital” and other creative crisis :-) He lends us the main transformative power which Michelangelo reveals in his own words.
    In English it sounds like this:
    Lord, in my hour of need,
    hold out thy compassionate arms to me,
    take me from myself and make of me
    one pleasing to thee.
    For those who favour originals, in Italian:
    Signor, nell´ore streme,
    stendi ver´me le tue pietose braccia,
    tomm´a me stesso e famm´
    un che ti piaccia.
    Thank you a lot for this dynamic and practical manual for dealing with gifts of creativity and above all Creator.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Wanda – From what I know of your new book, and the odyssey that has brought you to it, you married your field quite a while ago. Now it’s time to let the fruits of that marriage come streaming through, not as “labor” but as swift and smooth delivery.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Justin – Yes, this is the right sequence.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Nina – Thanks you for reminding us of this wonderful appeal to the source of creation: tomm´a me stesso e famm´ un che ti piaccia. “Take me from myself….” You inspired me to post a little piece about the current exhibition of Michelangelo’s drawings (at the Courtauld in London) at my “home” blog, http://www.mossdreams.blogspot.com

  • Kate

    wonderful post to contemplate

  • Azima Lila Forest

    Wow, Robert, this is so inspiring! You are clearly married to some Muse – what wonderful language! You have set my heart on fire! And I know that my field – is dreamwork. I have an appointment today, just on the New Moon, to help a Vietnam vet re-connect with his dreaming self. Oh, the joy I felt in my heart when he called and asked me to help him! And sometimes, I feel jealous (moon in Scorpio, y’know) of the amazing dream/sleep/twilight/journeying adventures you report. But not today. Having read this marvelous piece, I know that all of this is possible in my marriage, too. In just the way that suits me and my Beloved!
    Thank you.
    And P.S. I wrote this, and got the captcha “tacher can” – looks like “teacher can” to me. I had to laugh. Just a little encouragement from my Beloved. Then it got stuck, so I’ve posted again. :-)

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/dreamgates/ Robert Moss

    Azima – Wonderful to set hearts on fire! Thank you for helping the Vietnam vet re-connect with his dreaming self. In the way of synchronicity, right before reading your comment I spend several hours with a friend discussing how to use our Active Dreaming approach to assist in the healing of soldiers and their families.

  • Max

    Love this advice! Great newsletter…so happy I signed up for it!

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