Monday, February 23, 2009

The Next Chapter – Secret #7 Consulting with Guides

I’m taking part in an online book blogging club called The Next Chapter. This post is part of our discussion about The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women. Feel free to jump in to the conversation here or with some of the other posts about secret #7.

This chapter was a bit difficult for me to wrap my head around.  I’m stubbornly independent, so I don’t generally seek or consult with guides very often.  I’m too proud for that.  I don’t like the feeling of scrutiny when I work too closely with someone.  I like being in the background, watching and observing, absorbing guidance quietly from the world around me in an unassuming kind of way. 


Thinking back on my life, I’ve had a few different avenues from which I’ve gleaned inspiration and guidance.  When I was quite young, and my social interactions controlled and guided by my family, my guides were largely fictional – characters who were first introduced to me from TV movies and then the books that inspired them.  Books and movies have continued to inspire and guide me.  I’ve moved beyond being absorbed in a good story and become more involved with the mechanics of what makes a story a good one.


When I was in high school, I think I had a void of creativity.  It was all about survival for me.  I didn’t feel as though there was much guidance available from any source that would help me get through the drama of high school.


As an adult, especially recently, I’ve been seeking out guidance and finding it in some unexpected places.  One of the best guides I had was a University professor.  I don’t remember her name or the name of the class, though the name Lynn rings a bell and the class must have been some sort of English teacher education class.  The exercises seemed to speak to me personally and show me how to fire my imagination and put my strengths to good use.

I’ve also taken to throwing myself into new experiences and keep my eyes open for whatever I might find there.  From real-life classes, lectures, to online groups, websites, message boards, and challenges.  I’m becoming increasingly active at seeking out guidance.  That’s probably why I’m making such progress at developing my writing, my imagination, and enjoying the creation process.


laundrygirl said...

I can totally relate to the hesitancy towards seeking out others. I struggle with the same thing. Yet, I've realized over the years that even just being around people who are creating (whether you necessarily consider them to be mentors or not) makes a difference, if even just to give you a sense of belonging and a feeling of camaraderie.

CynthiaMarie said...

Showing up to whatever life holds and actively pursuing support in all shapes and sizes.

I'm of the same feeling you and kristine express.


Jamie Ridler said...

Thank you for pointing out that there are different ways of receiving guidance, including absorbing it quietly from the world around us.

I always enjoy your take!

Anonymous said...

It was interesting to hear your perspective, since I am one to constantly seek out guidance from others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and you should commend yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone and reaching out to others!