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When you form an intention, everything organizes around it. It guides and supports the entire process. If you forget why you here and what you are doing, remember your intention.

Moon Phase: New Moon 🌑

When the moon is new it can support a time of darkness, going inside and setting intentions. It’s prime for that. No matter what your unique hormone levels are, notice your individual emotional, physiological and spiritual states. No matter what phase of the creative process you are in, the new moon supports you in remembering your clear intention. You may find yourself wanting more rest and having clear dreams, as you gather energy for your project and the time ahead.


Primal Sequence: Preconception & Conception

This is the time when you formed an intention for your life. Implicit memories are memories created before verbal capacity was developed so the memories are stored in body sensations and emotions rather than words and images. Notice how you feel as you explore the preconception and conception material.

Exercise: What do you know about the time when you were conceived? 

Notice how you felt when you watched the movement in the Intention film clip. Move your body. Get settled inside yourself and let yourself be danced by the movements arising. Experiment with moving your body in a circular motion. How does it feel to move from higher to lower, from being large to curled up? Reflect on what you know about the time before and when you were conceived, especially in the 3 months before your conception. There may be clues for your process. 

Write, draw, paint, dance, make music arising the felt sense of what you experienced, or what you would have liked to experience.

"In the pre-conception attraction complex there is no question of an active partner versus a passive partner, nor of a penetrating versus penetrated partner, nor fertilizing versus fertilized one. . . . Rather. . . a subtle equilibrium of exchange and interaction is maintained. The morphodynamic process of fertilization is like the gesture one may observe very often in the animal realm when mating behavior and mating rituals are taking place. In a nearly never-ending process of exchanging signals, of attraction and repulsion, a male and female animal can circumambulate each other before copulation happens (slightly paraphrased, van der Wal, Mating Dance section, para. 4)." - The Embryo’s Eloquent Form by Stephen L. Talbott 

Themes & Experiences of Conception

Initial Stillness
Nuclei of sperm and egg are drawn toward each other and genetic material is shared
Cell multiplication
Sphere with 2 kinds of cells, center and periphery
Orienting to spac
Traveling in uterine (fallopian) tube and falling into the uterus

When the egg and sperm come together to form a body, there is a flash of light. "Let there be light, and there was light יְהִי אוֹר וַיְהִי אוֹר" — Bereishit/Genesis 1:3


Creative Process: Forming an Intention

This is the time of rest and renewal. For trusting your gut. For setting your sight on what is next. For letting yourself know deeply what you want. For trusting you already have everything within you that you need to make it real.


Exercise: Develop an intention for your project

What do you want to create? Why do you want to make it? Identify your desire. Write/sketch about what you want to create, and then distill it into 1-2 clear sentences. Make it as clear and concise as possible. Put this above your desk, or on the wall, anywhere in your work/practice/creative space. This is your organizing axis. 


Exercise: Resources

What do you need to support you in fully experiencing the intention phase with ease? Write a list of internal and external resources to support you in this part of the process.


What are resources?

A resource is anything that helps you connect with yourself. Some resources are internal and some are external. An internal resource might be a part of your body that feels good or a happy memory, and an external resource might be walking outside with a friend, or playing with an animal.

Examples of internal resources: feeling the sensation of your feet on the floor, experiencing your breath, feeling the strength of your spine or legs or arms, meditating, remembering a time when you experienced joy or connection, writing, singing, making music, dancing or other movement, physical contact with yourself.

Examples of external resources: talking with a friend, physical contact with other people, spending time in nature, spending time with animals, looking at things of beauty, telling a story and being listened to, receiving bodywork or another kind of healing modality.