Completion and Transformation

by Sheila Finkelstein on July 15, 2008

It’s obvious that it’s been a long time since I set up this Photography and Transformation blog and made my first and only post, thus far. A comment on my Picture to Ponder blog – Picture to Ponder blog – and a desire for further conversation. This one is the ideal place to have the conversation, quite relevant also to the fact that getting the right format and template here has been like a wall for me.

Picture to Ponder, as you will learn when you follow along here and in future posts, is a photo ezine delivered by email. In a recent issue I featured the following two photographs

Purple fireflag flower in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Leaning and reflecting plants in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

and continued with my “Self-Reflecting Queries”. In describing my response to the photos, I discussed completion and in queries I talked about unfinished business and also about hiding out, being afraid of sharing passions.

Jenn Givler, Create a Thriving Business made the following comment on the Picture to Ponder blog
“In the first photo – the purple and white flower reminded me of a dancer… I don’t quite know why it struck me that way, but it did. I’m a dancer – so I’m sure that had something to do with it LOL!

But the emotion that was inspired in me was that sometimes we need to flow.

Sometimes if something is unfinished, it’s because the energy isn’t quite right – and what is called for is a little flow. Flow through it for a bit instead of pushing against it and see what develops – no photography pun intended ;)”

I responded with, “Your statement – ‘…a little flow. Flow through it for a bit instead of pushing against it and see what develops – no photography pun intended 😉 has been taking me a while to absorb.

It may be that in the imagery of “being up against it”, I can’t visualize “flowing through”. It’s like “How can you flow through a wall?” One certainly can shift, flow around. “Flowing through” conjures up the image of a ghost for me.

Simply some thoughts. If you’d like I’ll put it up on the blog to further conversation.”

In a responding email, Jenn said she’d love to open this up for conversation. Would you care to join in? Jenn, the ball is back in your court and thanks for being the stimulus that finally had me get off the procrastination pedestal!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Morgine July 15, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Sometimes when things are flowing you need a BREAK. If you are getting tired, fatigued or feel like you are pushing against the wall, it is a SIGNAL from your body’s wonderful guidance system to stop what you are doing and do something else. Joe Vitale was talking about that the other day, a man who is an expert on hypnosis and issues of the mind and how it functions. He shared whenever that happens, he goes and does whatever he most wants to do “next”, totally forgetting what he was stuck on. However, he tells us, the unconscious mind is still working away on it in the background. Then later on, suddenly he will get an insight and excitedly goes back to the project where he was stuck and now he is IN THE FLOW again!

You could also ask yourself if there is something evident in your feelings of “pushing”, however, you do not want to get stuck in trying to figure it out. It is only a momentary thought and if nothing comes, change what you are doing. Normally nothing great comes when you force your way through something, especially if it is art, writing, photography. Spirit is the guide and the flowing with that energy is what, for me, creates all the MAGIC!… And if I am stuck writing, I just write about being stuck to see if I can get into the flow again…sometimes it works and sometimes not!

love, Morgine


Jenn Givler August 6, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I love Morgine’s idea that sometimes we just need a break – totally agreed!

I’ve been toying with the idea of spaciousness lately – along with flow.

When I feel like I’m banging up against something, I start putting pressure on myself… and it feels like I’m squeezing myself into a box.

Sometimes trying to flow through something just makes it harder to get through.

But if I tell myself that the idea, or the thought, or the task needs space – it opens things up a bit and before I know it – ideas begin to flow in.

So sometimes it’s not about me flowing – it’s about something flowing toward me.


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