Good Endings and Being in the Empty Space of Not Knowing (POSTPONED until 25th September)

Fri, 25th September, 2020 from 9:00 AM, in Awliscombe

Facilitated by Alison Hogan and Sue Holland.

We have noticed, in ourselves and others, how hard it is to attend to the important threads of endings and beginnings in our work and life. It may be a transition between one role of career and another; the ending of a relationship, the completion of a project, withdrawing from a group, a sudden change in circumstances.

“In order for something of quality to take place, an empty space needs to be created. An empty space makes it possible for a new phenomenon to come to life, for anything that touches on content, meaning, expression, language and music can exist only if the experience is fresh and new. However, no fresh and new experience is possible if there isn’t pure, virgin space ready to receive it”. (Peter Brook, There Are No Secrets)

Our tendency is to move on rapidly, neither giving sufficient attention to ending something well nor dwelling in an empty space of uncertainty and ‘not knowing’ before beginning something else.

Yet, if we can attend to endings and unfinished business and allow ourselves to rest in the emerging, ‘liminal space’, it can be a creative space, rich in possibilities; what in Gestalt is described as the ‘fertile void’.

“This lovely neutrality in which one no longer feels pulled towards one extreme or the other; no longer prisoner of one way of seeing the world which inevitably blinds one to possibilities.”

“If we are able to give up what is familiar to us, we may become anxious and uncertain but then we can enter a weighty world of nothingness from which infinite and surprising differentiations emerge.” (Nancy Amendt-Lyon)

We invite you to join us, through conversation and exercises, to explore the arc of experience around endings, the fertile void and beginnings. We will use somatic and creative processes as well as plenty of cognitive meaning making.

Whether it is in the external world of work, family and friends or the inner world of thoughts, sensations and feelings, the more able we are to attend to our own arcs of experience around endings and beginnings and the space in between, the more ‘complete’ and satisfying our sense of the lived experience can be.

The dark will be your home tonight.
The dark will give you a horizon further than you can see.
You must learn one thing,
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all other worlds
except for the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn
anything or anyone that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

(From David Whyte, Sweet Darkness)

Date, time and venue

Date(s) - 25/09/2020
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Creative Beings Studio
The Old Rectory
Awliscombe, EX14 3PJ

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