Coming Home by Elizabeth Hayes
Beach Renewal by Vi Jones

Writer Renewal

Some say the creative life is in ideas, some say it is in doing. But there is no doubt that our creative ability is the most valuable of assets, for it not only gives outwardly, but it feeds us inwardly at every level. In Chapter 10 of Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés writes about nourishing the creative life. She describes how the creative force flows over the terrain of our psyches looking for the natural hollow, the arroyos, the channels that exist in us. She goes on to explain that in archetypal lore there is the idea that if one prepares a special psychic place, the being, the creative force, the soul source, will hear of it, sense its way to it, and inhabit that place.

Sadly, our creativity is threatened on many levels and we have to be vigilant if we are to maintain this special psychic place in a pristine state. Estès provides plenty of suggestions within this chapter about how to take back the river and make sure that it is held in its pristine state.

My reality is that I cannot work for corporations, government or within institutions that diminish the creative spirit. I regularly seek renewal. To renew is to revive, regenerate, repeat or re-establish. When we renew we resume after and interruption, continue or try to restore something to its original state.

There are rituals that I practice, habits I keep that help sustain the creative force, the soul source. Here writers' share their special psychic place and help to throw light on the power of this soul source, this magical place of renewal.