“To Breathe Life Into”

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 4

“To Breathe Life Into”

After sunrise observance
each of the four moves quietly
in her own direction, mind filled
with thoughts of her daily activities.
Knowing at some moment she will

search out place of quiet,
gather her chosen tools,
breathe in deeply
seeking that stillness
which heralds
soft flutter of butterfly wings,
moved only by errant wind
of Creation.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/4/2019

Process Notes: The quoted phrase of the title is the original meaning of the word “Create”. The four wings of the butterfly symbolize the four stages of transformation. When we partake in the Creative Process, we are “transformed”, taking on the energy of the Creator, which is always a Spiritual experience and enlightenment. The image is a “happy accident” that occurred when I put one of my pen and ink doodles through the kaleidoscope app.


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3 Responses to “To Breathe Life Into”

  1. bwarren says:

    I hope the errant wind of creation keeps blowing our way, Elizabeth. I’ll be seeking that quiet space this evening. Thank you for inspiring me. You do.

    Thank you Brenda, but that’s always been a two-way street we travel. And although I called it an errant wind, it isn’t all that questionable. When we sit in stillness and just breathe in and out, that is a signal we send to our subconscious that we are ready to begin, we are open to inspiration (breath). When I first encountered the wordles, I really felt a strong opposition to them. To me, they seemed like a cheat somehow. Someone else’s choice of words, rather than my own. But, I stuck with it because those around me were doing it, in particular, you. What I discovered was that if I sat quietly, just breathing, the words would begin to dance through my head, making suggestions, offering me a palette of colors to play with. And when I go back and read the responses to those wordle posts, the most often stated message was how well I could make such a comprehensive piece from a list of disparate words. That simply means I conquered my own opposition and fear. I’ve watched you do the same many times. Just breathe, it will happen.
    Love and hugs,


  2. Marianne says:

    I’m in my quiet place and ready to write. I have an idea. Now for it to germinate and grow! Here’s to creating! And to all artists!

    Had to smile when I saw your response, Marianne. I love the creation process, because it is a small journey within that larger journey called life. It’s underlying quest is to keep us moving, breathing, and fresh with renewal. That’s why I believe that creating is a built-in healing element in each of us. In my first ever class, teaching at the University (a class on connecting with ones creativity), I had a young woman declare that she had discovered that she didn’t have even one creative bone in her body. I stuffed my original response to her statement and began giving her examples of ordinary people doing creative things. The entire group jumped in and began using their own and their friends experiences. She settled down and three weeks later, at the end of the class, she got out a sheet of paper on which she was requesting the director of the program to allow me to teach a second class, then went around the room, asking everyone to sign it. The Director called me three days later, laughing, telling me this had never happened before and was I free to teach a second class. I was, and the rest is just another part of my story.

    Love and hugs, Elizabeth


  3. Pamela says:

    Love this, Elizabeth!
    Just breathe. It all comes together somehow.


    Yes, it does Pamela. All we need to do is keep breathing. When we stress, we tend to hold in our breath, thus not allowing the flow. If we simply believe in the process, our process, we breathe much more easily. We can approach the task with a certain amount of expectation, even pleasure and all of that also helps with the breathing. We are, each of us, good at what we do. But it is also, we ourselves, who make it difficult. Because life itself is complicated, we expect everything to be complicated. It isn’t, but so many times we make it so.



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