Monday, May 17, 2010

...the fertile void...




"One of the difficulties in moving out of the familiar is the temptation to close off the full drama of change before it ripens.  The sense of being bereft of all that is familiar is a vacuum which threatens to suck up everything within its reach.  What is hard to appreciate, when terror shapes a catastrophic gap, is that this blankness can be a Fertile Void.

The Fertile Void is the existential metaphor for giving up the familiar supports of the present and trusting the momentum of life to produce new opportunities and vistas.  The acrobat who swings from one trapeze to the next knows just when he must let go.  He gauges his release exquisitely and for a moment he has nothing going for him but his momentum.  Our hearts follow his arc and we love him for risking the unsupported moment."    ~Erving & Miriam Polster








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16 comments:

  1. So, is this something cosmic? I write my post this morning, read your comment, and then come here to visit this piece? Is there a string of progression here in this liminal space? Like being between the two trapezes, yet feeling a sense of momentum. You are brilliant. EFH

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  2. Oh gosh, I think you wrote this just for me today. This is exactly what I have been trying to articulate, but in no where near as clear as this. Beautiful quote, hitting me smack between the eyes where I need it most. Thank you Bonnie. The fertile void... that is it.

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  3. The Vertile Void it will be,the title of my next painting,sounds good!! The acrobat in me took wrong turn,and now,only the memories of free flight!! Beautiful Bonnie!!

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  4. Oh Bonnie what a wonderful quote..I love this..seeing that gap not as fear but as opportunity to Let Fly....yup I so get this. Thank you for posting this today...I love coming here!! Hugs, Sarah

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  5. Well said! The momentum can be exciting and dreadful all at the same time. You hold your breath and leap! Yikes
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  6. that is a way cool quote...ready to take the jump...

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  7. Expat: Would that there was a predictable 'string of progression' in liminal space. What is predictable is that we feel untethered and that is not a great feeling. It does help to know it is a common one - and it seems, one essential for growth.

    Thanks again for your kind comments.

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  8. Vicky: It is a great quote isn't it. I love the example of the trapeze artist having to let go of the bar (the familiar) and float in the void trusting another bar will come along.

    I especially like the final phrase ...'and we love him for risking the unsupported moment'. And if no one is loving us in our unsupported moments, we must love ourself for risking and surviving.

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  9. Aleks: Love your comment. That will make a great title for a piece of art - great inspiration for one too!

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  10. Sarah: Well yes that would appeal to you - it is the premise of the philosophy on your blog!! ......'let fly'...... Love that.

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  11. Slommler: Great description - exciting and full of dread ... Our job is to keep going in spite of the dread.

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  12. I am in this exact spot. The new is opening and the old is closing, but there is some trepidation - how will it work out? Will I like the new beginning? Will the decisions we have made over the last month or so be good ones in the end? I am in the Fertile Void.

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  13. I love this...especially the analogy of the acrobat! Thanks, dear Bonnie...such food for the soul here today! Of course, that's very frequently the case for me...I guess that's one of the reasons I love you! ~Janine XO

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  14. This is a wonderful and thought-provoking quote. And a lovely accompanying photo.

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  15. That is a much more positive way for me to look at my situation - although I grabbed the trapeze nearly 4 years ago, I still have some trouble keeping the right perspective on it.

    Thanks, Bonnie. I love the expression.

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  16. thanks for this fruitful insight bonnie! steven

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