I’ve been feeling into these twin aspects of the Creative Impulse.
Intention has made a lot of sense to me for years. A product of our dominant culture, I learned well the way of the masculine – do, accomplish, achieve, make it happen. I honed my intent, for success and approval and results. And once I learned to couple this focused, directional, specified energy with Alignment and Letting Go, a super power was born. Like a marksman, pulling back the arrow in a bow, aiming and letting it fly.
I love intent and I’ve done alright by it. But left unchecked, it can exact a toll. You may have paid this price yourself – burn out, over attachment to results, controlling tendencies, “how am I doing?” Yes, for me, out of balance intent can result in exhaustive effort.
Recently I’ve been noticing all sorts of prompts from the Universe regarding Desire. I have found I’m a bit confounded by this term. What do I desire?
As much as I can track my mundane, everyday desires – for foods, tastes, movement, beauty, quiet, connection, sweetness, nature – and can even recognize my greater desires – for a world that works for everyone, in harmony with our gracious Planet and her communities – it’s been the feeling, the energy of desire that I was not quite grasping.
I’m beginning to find it, noticing its subtlety. Desire is the energy of calling forth…of beckoning. Like the mother bird that flies to the highest tree and calls her fledglings to their inaugural flight – to come to her, or the invitation, the energetic transmission to a lover to come to your bed; Desire is the energy of an opening, which magnetically calls – to RECEIVE its fulfillment.
Again for me, AHA! Intent is the energy of the masculine – outward, electrical, creative impulse, while Desire is the energy of the feminine – receptive, magnetic, creative receiver and container.
Within each of us, and in our world, both energies are needed for balanced creation – pitcher and catcher, creative impulse and blank canvas, aiming and allowing. Through reciprocity, these energies combine and bring forth the manifest ~ Creation that truly serves by initiating, nourishing, bearing fruit, composting, re-seeding and sustaining The Whole.
Complementary faces of Creation, once again. The vital attraction of honey bee to blossom, yin to yang, inward to outward, and quest to its fulfillment – at its best begetting this, our sacred, intentional, desirous and joyful Dance with All of Life.
© Sarah McCroskey 2015