Finishing a project is a moment of reflection, of breath catching, of celebration. Exhilaration mixes with relief, anticipation, perhaps even some sense of loss. You embrace yourself. You bask in the fullness of new learning. You have seen visions, been granted revelations. Bow your head in gratitude to the Creator, with Whom you have surely partnered to produce something from nothing!
So! Is it celebration now? What is the nature of the festival? Is it a wild frenzy of release, getting drunk, laid, pigging out. Well yes! There ‘s room for some of that, dammit! There has been a lot of necessary gratification delay. There has been a lot of sustained tension, frustration. You have endured, against your very nature, a patient toil through the tedium of baby steps necessary to arrive at good finished work. Let out a primal scream, and say PARTY!.
But there has developed in the fullness of the creative process a rather huge void which won’t be filled by the Party. We need to share, to receive feedback, to reconnect ourselves and our work with the community. Although we did not create for the community, or the audience, our work was not meant to remain in the womb. It has its place in the world. It is a part of Creation now, no less than the tree, the skyscraper, the raindrop. Our satisfaction is full when our work has taken its place in the order of the physical world, and when the outward ripples of energy set in motion by this placement bounce back to us in the form of reaction and feedback.
The voice of the audience helps clarify for us, illuminate for us, what we have achieved.
The celebration is only in part about what we can now receive. Our hours of toiling through the steps of the creative cycle, often in isolation, also yields an over the top empathy for the in process work of our colleagues. We are full of positive energy and the capacity to encourage our fellow artist in her current creative journey.
Your in-between project days are a great and well-deserved gift. It is your opportunity to re-align, re-balance, re-connect, re-charge. All your spark plugs are firing. You are a magnet for giving and receiving the most positive energy! Enjoy!