An Invitation to Deep Creativity,
for those who long to feel alive again.
I am on a deep exploration of Eros. I suppose I have been for quite a while. It was showing up through me – in my photographs and writing – but now I am making a conscious decision to move into a thoughtful, open, inquiring exploration of what this form of love truly is. It is calling me.
Eros does that. It calls to us.
Eros is life! Eros is that deep impulse of life to express itself. And, it is joy, beauty, and power. And it is love. Eros can lead us out of the dry, brittle world of over-thinking and back into the lush and sensuous feeling realm of the heart and conscious body. Awakening Eros is the exploration of depth, joy, and creativity.
A huge Thank You! to my brother Thollem for the original music he created for the podcast - a beautiful piece.
Episode #01: Welcome to the podcast.
In this first episode, I share my desires for this exploration of Eros and all that it truly means.
The Joseph Campbell documentary mentioned is The Hero's Journey.
Pablo Neruda's quote: “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”
Episode #02: Creativity & Intimacy
Creativity and Intimacy are closely intertwined. When we create, we also feel a great desire to share our creations. And when we do, real intimacy can be known between creator and one who receives the creation. The intimacy deepens when we are willing to really open the creative channel - to express eros as it is longing to be expressed.
In this episode, I mention Mess Painting or 'The Creative Mobilization Technique'. You can find out more about it in The Magic of Mess Painting.
Episode #3: Eros & The Feminine Principle
Eros and the Feminine Principle
Merging Spirit and the animal body. True power, the impulse from within, power from within. Living our power from within as a generative force. Love that is deeply nurturing and deeply supportive of life itself.
Episode 4: Eros - The Drive Shaft of Creativity
Eros: The Drive Shaft of Creativity
I love this description of Eros by Dr. Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. In this episode, I share Dr. Rev. Bourgeault's ideas on Eros as a transformational form of love and one that is at the heart of what makes creativity move. It is desire.
In finding Bourgeault's work, I've stumbled onto a way of seeing Eros that I could feel and sense within myself but hadn't yet found out there. While she mainly writes about Eros within the Christian mystical tradition, I feel her words speak to me in a spiritual way that is not necessarily religious at all, in the same way all the world is sacred simply because it is. You can read more here.
Episode 5: Becoming More Alive
When we awaken Eros, we awaken the impulse within us to live fully, to feel our aliveness, to create and to offer our creations to the world. And often what we are awakening out of, is a pattern of following a different force - that of Thanatos - the impulse toward death that comes out in ways that cut off our aliveness, choke our creativity, and even keep us disconnected from being immersed in the fullness of our own lives.
Listen in for an introduction to Thanatos and how it might be showing up in your life. While it might sound a little maudlin, this is a very helpful thing to begin to realize is affecting you on some level. If you want more aliveness, uncover where you're trying to control your creative, erotic nature.
Episode 6: The Fullness of Sexuality
Opening to understand Eros and Sexuality as much greater than how we currently tend to see them. Through my experience dancing, I suddenly saw sexuality as something so alive, so large and full, so physical and spiritual, so much greater than simply sex. Oh, and I share a great poem by Hafiz.