Monday, May 24, 2010

Following the Moon

'I Die Daily', Drozda
oil pastel, Acrylic on board

It's Monday (moon day) and today begins the Gibbous phase, the three day phase prior to the Full Moon on Thursday. Between now and then you have the opportunity to analyze and prepare. Last week you hopefully found ways to take action. Now your emotional body needs time to filter and digest. This is a very creative period. The creative process is profound, unique and individual. In Following the Moon you may find this phase one of the most rich and productive. So much can happen as we build up to Thursday's Full phase.

In addition to all that may be flowing with an effortless ease, I also see this time as one of being brave enough to be  facing the demons and facing them down. After all... the only thing, ever, that keeps us from being married to our Creative Muse is the voice that tells us we can't be or do or have that which impassions us, that which brings us a natural creative bliss.

Since the New Moon began on May 14 you've had a vision, nurtured the seed idea, taken an action and now the creative flow reminds you to trust yourself so you can reflect, at the Full phase, on the beauty of what you have to share. Could the reason why we see so much reference to lunacy during the Full Moon be due to our not being taught about the natural ebb and flow of our own creative comings and goings, our own inner tides creatively speaking? This is an opportune time for that sort of monthly check in and check up.

'Moon Flower', Drozda

May you learn to follow your own moon, which, for your creative purpose, can be identified as the flow of your own emotions. I thought this quote from Pema Chodron on page 37 of When Things Fall Apart quite germaine for this Wisdom cycle. "Not causing harm requires staying awake. Part of being awake is slowing down enough to notice what we say and do. The more we witness our emotional chain reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain. It becomes a way of life to stay awake, slow down, and notice."

In Following the Moon you learn to calm time down. It truly is an amazing concept. You practice allowing all to unfold in gentle three day phases (or segments) of time. Each phase offers a focus point leading you to a natural awareness of how time and emotions create a rythmn that flows through you. Your rythmn is yours. Get to know it. Honor it. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Though it is unlike anyone elses it is necessary and important... an integral part of the whole.

I hope that your studio time in the week ahead brings just the right balance of doing and not that everything gets done.
~May you sing the day


  1. I don't want to seek only, I want and need to find. To make a plan and to follow. Your words today hold and plan and hope.

    Thank you.

  2. hey d~
    i can see your posts in book form...just a thought.
    thank you for the amazon connections; i haven't seen the emotional yoga book, it's going on the wish list.
    the Pema Chodron excerpt resonates, her book is also going on the wish list.

  3. Your quote from Chodron rings so true to me. It is something that I have to remember. Thank you for a lovely and thoughtful post. I agree with indigomar ... your posts would be wonderful as a book.

  4. I third the book idea!

    I need to remember the power of "not doing" without worrying about it....

  5. I would love to follow my own moon, because i am a moonchild, but i don't know exactly how. I'll try to find the book from Pema Chodron (and if possible in dutch)

    I lóve your paintings because of the magic in it. Especially moon flower. It's awesome and very inspiring. Thank you.


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