Leslie Gray, in a chapter in the book titled Ecopsychology; Restory the Earth, Healing the Mind, explains how a synchronous experience is considered a sign of ‘health’ and that a lack of synchronicity is a sign of deterioration. She defines ‘health’ as a ‘balanced relationship with your environment’, which really resonates with me. Gray also argues that meaningful coincidences help one feel more congruent and notes that, more often than not, these meaningful coincidences happen in nature.
Perhaps it’s because I have been doing a lot more gardening lately, but I have experienced a number of ‘meaningful coincidences’ in the past few days about the role of the writer and it seemed fitting to share these in what will be my last post for 2010.
Yesterday, my friend and fellow writer Marian Edmunds called me to tell me about a free seminar by Michael Rowland on film script and story writing, which she had attended in Tweed on the weekend (Michael’s also running seminars tonight in Mullumbimby, in Byron Bay tomorrow night and in Bangalow on Thursday night). To be honest, I was a little sceptical of Rowland at first given that the crux of his message seems to be ‘if you learn my secrets, you will be able to write brilliant and original works that will have publishers and producers enter into frantic bidding wars’. But then this morning, as I drove to the New Brighton Farmers’ Market, I heard Michael being interviewed on Bay FM and his theory that good writers successfully tap into the ‘super conscious’ absolutely fascinated me.
Rowland also noted in his interview on Bay FM that Steve Spielberg had called his production company Dreamworks, because he recognised that great stories come from somewhere other than the conscious mind. As well as calling it the ‘super conscious’ Rowland remarked that some people call it ‘genius’ (a theory also propounded by Elizabeth Gilbert in a fascinating TED talk on nurturing creativity).
Of course, others call it the ‘collective consciousness’ but lately I have started to feel more comfortable with the idea that it’s actually the ‘universe’, that ‘one-ness’ that unites us all.
I have been doing a lot of work this year with an awesome Gestalt therapist who shared with me a wonderful quote about creativity by Carl Jung, who wrote, “The artist's role is to liberate the divine secret that sleeps in matter”.
As they say, all things come in threes. The third meaningful coincidence for me about the spiritual aspects of writing revealed itself to me in none other than the ‘Media’ section in yesterday’s The Australian. In a full-page advertisement, Droga5 celebrates the role of advertisers as those who “conjure up, produce and ultimately defend these strange fragile things called ‘ideas’”.
Droga5 goes on to write about the role of creatives as thus: ‘When they’re young, wobbly and unformed, they can’t defend themselves, and depend on us to stand up for them – an increasing challenge in these increasingly brutal times… We dream, albeit surreptitiously, of making something brilliant, captivating and, yes, even enduring.”
I look forward to channelling more stories and standing up for some beautiful ideas in 2011.