I knew immediately when I read this that this very thing has come upon us all from time to time, both spiritually and artistically.

Both are interwoven, don't you think?

I have read countless blog entries where upon coming home from an intense and wonderful art retreat, the artist feels blocked, and almost depressed because of it. Even though I have not had that experience exactly, I totally know and understand it. I've experienced it on different levels under many different circumstances.

I hope that this strikes a chord with you as it does with me.

We can be so hard on ourselves after a time of growth if we judge ourselves to be 'stuck' or not moving forward.

These gentle and kind words below can remind us that maybe this is a 'Time of Grace'.


January 24, 2008

Every Step Is Forward
No Going Back

There are times when we feel that we are spinning our wheels in the mud in terms of our spiritual progress. This can be especially true following a period of major growth in which we feel as if we've gained a lot of ground. In fact, this is the way growth goes. Periods of intense forward movement give way to periods of what seems like stagnation. In those moments when we feel discouraged, it's helpful to remember that we don�t ever really go backward. It may be that we are at a standstill because there is a new obstacle in our paths, or a new layer to get through, but the hard work we have done cannot be undone.

Every step on the path is meaningful, and even one that seems to take us backward is a forward step in the sense that it is what we must do to move to the next level.

'Every step on the path is meaningful'

Original watercolor

Matted in 8X10 off white

available now on ETSY

In addition, an intense growth spurt requires that we rest for a time in order to fully integrate the new energies that have been liberated by our hard work. When we feel we are not making progress, we can encourage ourselves to take a moment to rest. We can meditate more, feed ourselves well, and get extra sleep. Before we know it, we will be spurred on to work toward the next level of our development, and this rest will make sense then as something we needed in order to continue.

Once the sun rises, it doesn't go backward but instead follows its path in one direction. It may appear to stand still for a moment in time, or to move more slowly at some point or another, but really it is steadily moving forward on its path. We are the same way, and once we have moved through something we can never really go back. We may be resting or revisiting issues that seem old, and it's natural to feel stuck, but in truth we are always taking the next important step forward on our path.


zUzU said...

Okay Rella
This is just getting really spooky.
First, I sit down this morning and open my daily OM ... I immediately clip a line from it thinking, 'I have got to paint this on my studio wall ... or maybe I'll post about it.'

"Every step on the path in meaningful."

Reminding myself that I am moving forward if only in micro steps ... I stop to make a notation on my list of 'things to do' adding again: Make a paperdoll.

Which of course makes me think of you so I pop over to see if you have posted since I checked last night ...

And indeed there is a new post
... about what I am thinking.

That invisible thread which connects everything and everyone is not so invisible sometimes, is it? ::smile::

=^..^= love, zU

Jamie said...

Thank you for sharing this today. I needed it so. I sent you an email and a convo to your Etsy store about the painting. Hope your day is filled with peace. Love, Jamie

zUzU said...

This turned out . . . .
. . . ::extraordinary:: . . .

Pattie said...

I am also "moving forward" and posted my affirmation journal page at 1 10 am when reading my mail I read the OM .. now, how spooky is that! WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!!

red tin heart said...

i have felt really down lately because of going through a time where i have felt blocked artistically. i have felt very let down in me...
i love to take photos and have not been able to because my camera is gone. (long story)
i have not created any collages lately for lack of time. and i just feel like my writing has not been the best. today i wondered if i ever even touch a soul anymore.

thanks for your post because it has helped me have a better perspective.
xoxo nita

red tin heart said...

by the way this turned out nita