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To write deeply is to have a deep conversation with yourself. There is, at first, the listening — that kind of extended attention that pulsates with presence but is empty of content, to begin. And then, into this lovely waiting net comes — something. That "something" is the response. If the listening is deep enough (see the "Deep Listening" page for more on this), then a conversation ensues.
One morning I awoke with a desire to participate in deep conversations. To engage subtly and meaningfully with people whom I respected and wanted to learn about, and in so doing find ourselves in some shared but unexpected territory, some harmony not entirely of our own making. Not an "interview," so much as a deep conversation.
Following my bliss, as it were, I reached out to people whose being (as well as work, ideas, lives) called out my wonderment and gratitude. On this page are the fruits of this inspiration.
A CONVERSATION ON CREATIVITY with RISALA MARY LAIRD and NAOMI ROSE
“It takes courage to keep our creativity alive, [but it’s worth it] because it will keep us alive.” So says Risala Mary Laird, an artist, letterpress-book printer, and spiritual teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area during our deep conversation on the subject of “creativity.” Risala is not only a vastly creative being, herself, but also an encourager of others’ creativity (including mine).
“Encouraging other people to embrace their own creativity,” she muses. “Isn’t that the whole seed of spirituality? That well doesn’t go empty.”
This intimate exploration between us in the recording below is for you. Slow down, enter a kind of hammock of the mind, and let yourself have the nourishment of whatever bubbles up from this reflecting pool that speaks to and sparks the creative spirit in you.
NOTE: Risala’s art is on the cover of my book, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What’s Inside You. To me, the image (a detail from a larger painting) evokes the lifting of the veil that separates us from true inspiration and the awareness of our true being. When I look at my book’s cover, I begin to see behind that veil (as I trust readers will, in reading the book). (You can see this painting on the “Rose Press / Starting Your Book” page of this site.)