the creative imperative

As a postscript to last week’s post – in the hands of alchemy – I’d like to share this video.

It’s called the creative imperative. Poet David Whyte and artist Jerry Wennstrom cover some wonderful territory, including

the discipline of innocence

keeping wonder alive in your heart

reverent attention to possibility


claiming your own happiness



You must learn one thing.
You must learn one thing.
The world was made
to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which
you belong.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which
you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness
and the sweet confinement
of your aloneness
to learn that anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

David Whyte

[Transcribed directly from the video – apologies for any errors in line arrangement.]

5 thoughts on “the creative imperative

    1. Lovely to know David’s wisdom is being shared dear Leelah – thank you!
      Let me know how you like the book…
      With love, ml (kind of nice that the nickname is getting aired these days… she smiles)

    1. Hi Clare! Welcome to this little cyber-garden. (Believe it or not I have 4 WP blogs!)

      Yesterday I heeded advice from WordPress to import the blogs I’ve been following in Google Reader before it was too late… apparently it’s becoming defunct.

      I performed the operation from this account, so I guess everyone got a notice linking to this blog, rather than ‘this unlit light’ or ‘echoes from emptiness’. This blog and ‘the awakened eye’ serve and satisfy the artistic dimensions of this wench…

      Hoping you are thriving!

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