I'm reading a book that I'm liking so very much. Jazz recommended it to me, and it's called Writing for Your Life: Discovering the Story of Your Life's Journey. Written by Deena Metzger (Her portrait is quite wonderful, isn't it?), a writer who has "spent a lifetime investigating Story as a form of knowing and healing," it's an extraordinary book, although I've only read a few chapters.
Today, I'd just like to share a quote from the book with you. Tomorrow I plan on writing about being an interior person. It's a topic that's been very much on my mind, and this book couldn't have come into my life at a better time. (FYI...Because the initial paragraph is so long, and would be difficult to read online, I've divided it into two paragraphs, but Metzger didn't.)
"Traveling to the inner realm, even though it is explicitly and absolutely ours, is often forbidden or constrained. Each of us knows the fear that if we speak our minds openly, we will be embarrassed or endangered. The reasons for this are obvious.
"About the inner world and its revelations there can neither be consensus or prior definition. The inner world is always, by its nature, every moment, for one's entire life, new territory. And, therefore, the inner world is always outside the prescribed behaviors, outside constraints, rules and regulations, outside traditional and legislative ways of seeing and behaving. Someone who lives in the inner world and abides by its rules is, almost by definition, an outsider.
"And there we have it: the fundamental contradiction and challenge of creativity. If we practice it, if we enter the inner world, we find ourselves outside the perimeter of conventional society--outsiders feeling all the loneliness of that disconnection. And yet we are simultaneously as far as we can get from loneliness because we are finally with ourselves."