29 August 2021

Creative Flow vs Structure and Discipline


 “It’s time you realized that you have something in you more powerful and miraculous than the things that affect you and make you dance like a puppet.” – Marcus Aurelius

Have you ever had an urge to do something creative but felt blocked by all the clutter around you? If you decided to tidy up first so that you won't be distracted when you get stuck in creating, you already understand what I'm about to explain here.

The principles of creative flow and structure/discipline are linked symbolically through the marriage of the Tarot Empress and Emperor

The Empress represents the cycles of Nature and flowing with those cycles. However, she also embodies the principle of creative chaos. Simply flowing with what is doesn't always take us where we want or need to go as humans. Things start to mutate, mud starts to slide and volcanoes erupt. Nature doesn't always keep us out of harm's way.

The Emperor represents civilzation, structure, organisation and discipline. He teach us to take charge over our lives and whatever falls into our domain. We often internalise him as the inner voice of a strict disciplinarian father. Doing what this voice nudges us to do doesn't always feel great, yet it is necessary for us in order to progress.

The truth is, there can be no creative flow without regular maintenance of the pipework that allows for that flow. This includes the energetic channels which regulate the flow of chi and our circulatory system. In order to successfully and optimally express our full  creative potential, we must circulate the chi and move our bodies. Movement creates creative momentum.

During this ongoing plandemic, many of us succumbed to a disease that will claim many more lives than Covid ever did: laziness. What better excuse to stop moving and looking after our health than a global crisis, right? Our inner bitch voice told many of us to focus on social media drama or bingewatching Netflix instead of becoming the Spirit Warriors we were asked to become at this time. 

Sure, we could argue a sense of overwhelm or shock or even going through some sort of a Dark Night of the Soul in 2020 and beyond. (Trust me, I've used them all!) But do we really want to stay stuck there instead of striving to be the best versions of ourselves? If we succumb to staying reactive and forgetting our personaly goals, they have us exactly where they want us.

And it's no good claiming to be attuned to the flow if that flow means resisting anything that doesn't 'feel good.' That is just proof that the inner marriage between the Empress and Emperor archetypes has not yet been consumated. We absolutely must do many things that do not feel good in order to fully take ownership of our existence. 

But I hear 'must' isn't a politically correct word anymore. We could all do with going back to studying the Stoics in order to fuel our inner Emperor. The era of the Goddess may well be starting now but without the God, we will have just as bad a time as when the God ruled supreme and the Goddess was despised.  


Lisa Frideborg

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  1. He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.