By our nature, artists are highly sensitive people. We feel deeply & it shows in our art, writing, dance, & music. So, it comes as no surprise when my creative friends & family members express that they are going through a highly emotional time or a time when everything bad seems to be happening at once. I’m experiencing that, too. It feels as though I’m the only one noticing body language, picking up on subtle clues, & sensing things in what people say & do that others aren’t picking up on. If you’ve seen the movie Stepford Wives, you know what I mean.
So what’s a creative spirit to do? I’ve turned to my dreams for answers as their imagery is full of symbolism that speaks to my soul & often provide insight into what I can’t understand in my awake time. For example, last night, I dreamed there were a few small black lizards in my backyard. Every time I looked out the window, there were more, larger jet-black lizards. I wasn’t frightened at all; they were here to tell me something. I went outside & walked among them fearlessly. When I awoke, I referred to Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. In it, he writes that lizards are symbols of intuition & heightened sensitivity (interesting!!). Listen to that intuition & honor those feelings in your Self. He also writes that some lizards have tails that detach when they are attacked. “Sometimes, it is necessary to separate ourselves, or part of ourselves, from others to be able to do the things we must desire to do.”
What does all this mean for those of us struggling to make sense of insane situations or overwhelming amounts of negativity? Pause. Meditate. Dream. Listen to your inner voice for guidance. And, if necessary, physically, emotionally, and/or mentally remove yourself from the situation to see it more clearly. If nothing else, an appropriate level of detachment could be the healthiest thing you can do right now. As for snowballing amounts of negativity, counteract that by doing something positive for yourself & someone else. The only thing that will dispel the darkness is light. Be a light to others but most of all, be a light to your Self.