The Creative's Need for Community
My astrologer friends tell me today's new moon in Aquarius is all about taking the next step into our own co-creative powers to contribute our gifts to the greater good of our communities. For creatives, this means our true dreams, working with our favorite materials, and putting our creations out there--which can feel a little vulnerable, am I right?.
So how's it going?
Community gives us the support and encouragement we need. Last Sunday, I participated in a poetry reading hosted by the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for the first time in years. Listening to diverse voices read poems as baristas made lattes and smoothies in the background was like a homecoming of sorts for me. I'm grateful to the organizers, the supporters, and the people who came out on a foggy day to be an audience for our words.We need to provide audience for each other. That is no small part of our contribution.
Having a little trouble wrapping your head around this? Here are a few ideas for how and where to find (or start!) your own community of creative spirits:
ask a buddy—meeting a friend is a great way to hold each other accountable. Writing, sketching, cooking, knitting together provides structure AND the spur of friendship and mutual discovery.
join a class—taking a class is a great way to meet others interested in what you love, and also to learn about resources and happenings you might not otherwise have known about
go to open mikes, presentations, panel discussions, openings, and other events—again, a good place to find kindred spirits and learn about what is happening in your community
Creative community is only a click or two away. I host a friendly group of fellow creatives--writers and artists and dreamers and doodlers--over on Facebook. The group is purposely low-key and encouraging because I believe we desperately need safe spaces and safe people to connect to in order to grow into the wild, unforeseen possibilities our souls want us to move into.
And the Weavers' Guild on Mondays at noon offers another kind of free online community experience. We gather through Zoom (a free and easy download) at noon Central time. After a brief guided relaxation, we work on the various projects we've brought with us for 45-50 minutes, and then at the end of the hour check in and share out what we got done and next steps we hope to take. It's a little accountability, a little camaraderie, and a few spoonfuls of inspiration.
One of the things I hear most often is that people feel they need new connections, more supportive friends, and/or the inspiration of like minds in order to grow their creative work and take it to the next level. Around here, we celebrate the truth that all boats rise together.