You have just completed a wonderful project – a beautiful painting has come to fruition, the last bit of chiseling has evoked that final bit of expression from the stone, that last touch of reverb has put the perfect bit of finishing sparkle on your track.
And now you are sharing, and getting lots of “likes” and hits on your sites, and invitations for collaboration, and your mind is rushing with new ideas for new projects. You are full of potential, and you can do anything!
Well – my friend – welcome to the world of manic exultation, a very common emotional checkpoint for artists at the completion of intense work – especially of intense work which made a good finish.
So now, being the wise, seasoned artist that you are, you are giving yourself a few days to process through this bit of natural mania – to use this powerful energy for sharing, for caring, for socializing, for catching up in very positive ways with your worlds. It is a great time to make up for perhaps a rather extended period of isolation during the intensity of your creative process.
And so now you have a somewhat different struggle. For with the manic feelings, there comes a bit of potential for the compulsive behaviors. Full of self-esteem, some of your cautionary boundaries may be a bit weakened. There is a careful balance to be struck here. For it can be a good thing if you are feeling particularly bold – to take a risk you have feared taking. That might be reaching out socially, or making a new investment, or taking action on a difficult decision which has been put off.
The other emotion set you may be arriving at is some depression, some despair, some feeling of wash out. Like the cocaine addict or the speed addict after the drug has run its course, you find yourself somewhat physically and emotionally exhausted. This is also natural. You have busted your butt finishing a great work. You need a few days to recoup – to reconnect with your regular creative and mundane routines – to remember that the ultimate self-nurturing is the little baby steps you are taking each day in creative works in progress.
So be cognizant of these challenges during this challenging point in the creative cycle – this point of project completion and slowly re-charging and re-balancing to prepare for a new round of creative work. Go ahead and take a few risks. Just give yourself a big hug, and care to nurture yourself and those around you. Take a moment to thank the Creator for the gift of creative partnership with Her. Sit with these strong feelings – with this strong power that is pulsing from within you.
and spark on to new heights!