The Abduction of Creativity – The Artists Search

See yourself as the Artist!

You are the creator of your life and you are designing it as you go, whether you realise it or not. The Artist’s search is a way of saying that now is a time of inquiry. It is time to look for answers. It’s about sniffing out the new, the old, and the unknown.

In the Story of Persephone, Demeter her mother goes in search of her daugther.

She doesn’t know, at this stage, of the deal between Hades and Zeus. Demeter is unaware that her daughter has been abducted. She starts her search.

She searches high and low. Demeter is seeking out Persephone, so she goes under, behind, and around. And this is what we must do to recover our lost wisdom and creativity. 

The Search

.. Demeter looks in caves with torches.

Lowering herself into wells …

and looking out to sea, searching for signs, anything.

Searching in the forests…

… looking for a thread on a twig, she looks to find something that would tell her that her beloved child has passed this way.

Isn’t that what we do in our lives when something goes awry?

We look high and low or get lost in things that distract us.

This can happen when life is rolling along nicely, then wham .. out of nowhere circumstance hits and changes everything. Or it can happen when you are in full flow of a creative act, and suddenly the energy drops. 

You come to a full stop. In shock or surprise, you may well panic over what has happened. 

And if it is in grief for what has been lost, you may stumble from this thing to that thing, uncaring and unthinking.

At some point, in exhaustion, you may ask what on earth do I do?

This is like the abduction of Persephone, the abduction of creativity. There is no trace of the previously vibrant part of you that was fully present. That part has disappeared and you don’t know where it’s gone, or there is no reason to go and find it. The muse is lost. What was precious and known has gone or changed and so must you. 

The search begins

And it can look something like a writer who has lost their thread of the work. Time will be spent preparing their writing space making it feel right. In panic, they throw out every piece of rubbish and review every old receipt. Pencils get sharpened. Buying a new writing book suddenly makes sense. That will surely make a difference.

In so doing, they cover miles and miles of time and space

Putting off … searching for that elusive spark of inspiration … or searching for meaning.  Maybe, in desperation, even wondering if life is worth living?

When something precious is lost, whether this is due to life circumstances or creativity, it’s about discerning what the next step is. Going within, making friends with your inner terrain, to regain the spirit of who you are, will require a journey into the unknown. It will be like taking the light of a torch to the unconscious. Then like Demeter you can start to search in the caves and wells and oceans of your psyche.

To do so may be hard, the terrain difficult to move through, but the journey itself is what starts the creative juices flowing. 

It is the journey itself that starts to revitalise and renew. I love this saying. It’s from Clarissa Pinkola Estes, ‘The Creative Fire,’ that this post is inspired by. She says,

“Whatever you are searching for, that one is searching for you too.”

That is a reviving and liberating thought. The one (or spirit) you are looking for, is looking for you. It is a message of hope. It opens a doorway. 

You as the Artistic creator of your Soul within your life

Is a magnificent opus to be on. We are works of art, that are continually in motion.

My prayer is that we treat our lives with that much respect, honour, and devotion to the artist that we are, so that the adventure of creation and evolution never stops, but becomes a journey of liberation and celebration.

Just start the journey!