By Lorraine Valente
Astrologically speaking, we are experiencing a lot of dynamic energy. The cardinal T-square with Mars, Saturn, Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, and Hades entering Cancer, actually forming a cardinal grand square. By the end of the week, Venus and the Moon are involved in the geometry chaos, and begs for expression. The most productive form of self expression is through the creative impulse. Writing, dancing, singing, music, drawing, athletics, energy-work, gardening, and crafting are a few forms of creative outlets that ease the inherent frustration, changes, and tension experienced in the lives of many. I'd like to share some information or guidance in dealing with the cosmic craziness.
Approximately 4 or more years ago, I was involved in an online discussion with a friend who recommended a book entitled “The Artists Way~A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" by Julia Cameron. The book was quickly ordered on Half.com, an online site where books and other items are greatly discounted. When it arrived through U.S. mail I quickly removed the wrapping, then fanned and skimmed through the pages and chapters as usual when a new book arrives. Because my focus was on the overwhelming amount of coursework for the classes I was enrolled, the book was placed aside in a pile with other books. I looked forward to reading each of them once class ended. When time permitted, I began to read the well organized pages again. Exploring the concept of a creative force within, the artist, creative or inventor’s brain, and also the logical, survival, censor brain, was noted.
"Snipers are people who undermine your efforts to break unhealthy relationship patterns. " ~Jody Hayes
Ms. Cameron details various methods in which individuals block or sabotage creativity by the company we keep, and friends and people we choose to associate with. One such way in which creative individuals block their creativity is to become involved with what she calls “Crazymakers”. After reading this section, I felt a stabbing sensation in the pit of my stomach which screamed a resounding truth. I’ve experienced more than my share of crazymakers in my life and in interpersonal relationships! :-)
Crazymakers, she states, can be found in almost any setting. The crazymaking dynamic is grounded in power and any group of people can function as an energy system to be exploited and drained. Gangs are notorious crazymakers. Alcoholic families are crazymaking pros. Nuclear families are infamous crazymakers. Politicians are, well, you guessed it.....big time crazymakers. The example she provides is that of the “destructive matriarch who devoted energies to destroying the creativity of her children. Always choosing critical moments for her sabotage, she plants her bombs to explode just as her children approach success” (Cameron, 1992, p. 46).
"The process of tolerating chaos in our lives is, in part, a process of tolerating denial." ~Dr. David Hawkins
Crazymakers, according to Cameron, manifest their craziness in your life in the following ways:
1. Crazymakers break deals and destroy schedules. They either show up early when you are pressed for time or show up late while dinner burns in the oven. They plan advance meetings, don't confirm, and are definitely a "no show". When you confront them, they say that you didn't confirm with them.
2. Crazymakers expect special treatment. They display a variety of ailments and attention seeking histrionics precisely during your busiest part of the day, during your final exam or any known deadline.
3. Crazymakers discount your reality. They violate your needs and do not respect your boundaries and they have no desire to comply with your wishes.
4. Crazymakers spend your time and money. They meet you for lunch then tell you when the bill arrives they forgot to bring enough money. They borrow personal items and return them late or not at all. They'll show up late for dinner, without calling.
5. Crazymakers triangulate those they deal with. They thrive on your energy and set people against each other. They drag you into their personal chaos with others. They'll sabotage your friendships, your career, and your intimate relationships. The main point is that it’s a completely unnecessary distraction of something not even remotely important.
6. Crazymakers are expert blamers. It’s never their fault and they never take responsibility for their actions.
7. Crazymakers create drama. They are devoted to their own agenda and impose those agendas on others. They exploit their personal crisis and drop them in your lap.
8. Crazymakers hate schedules except their own. Time is their primary tool of abuse. If you have a deadline, they will find a way to invade your space, spring dramas, questions, requests on you at the last minute to redirect your focus onto them.
9. Crazymakers hate order. They thrive on chaos and are addicted to it and think nothing of creating and recreating it in your own life.
10. Crazymakers deny they are crazymakers. They think that you are the crazy one. They are great at playing the "blame game". Don't buy into it!
Cameron questions: If Crazymakers are so destructive then why are you involved with one??!
To be involved with a Crazymaker is self destructive and blocks your own inherent creativity. Crazymakers sabotage your personal success, relationships with lovers and friends, and, as a result, the creative impulse. “If you’re involved in a tortured tango with a Crazymaker, stop dancing to his or her tune!” Recalling this message today, years later, serves to reinforce its importance. There are no coincidences!
"The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." C. G. Jung
Cameron, J. (1992). The artists way: A spiritual path to higher creativity. New York: Penguin Putnum, Inc.
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