The Laws of Gravity Don’t Apply to Euphoria

The Laws of Gravity by Joan Stanford

Continuing the theme of excitement, another collage about the book.

I had seen this ad in many magazines and always loved the bicyclist flying off the mountain. While I have had dreams/nightmares with a similar theme I just now related to the thrill of taking a leap of faith buoyed by euphoria-a great word. I am so pleased that I actually pushed through all the insecurities and doubts along the way and completed the book. However now that the writing is complete I have to consider post publication promotions, events, and move into more areas that evoke new insecurities and doubts. So this is about excitement and apprehension, the tension before the leap; holding back or moving forward.

Another person in the group did a collage with a giant wing enfolding a vulnerable being. I think to myself, “You can’t fly without wings.” I write:

A leap

into the great beyond

strong wings spread open

wide

the wind beneath

the support and faith of all

who cheered

who shouted,

“Go.”

Staying with the image I like this glove, an open hand symbol. The hand seems to be tossing a ball (actually a rock) into the air. Things are ‘up’ for me right now. I have several balls in the air.

While this writing makes sense and finds meaning in what I make, I want to reiterate that when I collage I try to remain open and let images catch my eye without questioning why. I have several I pull, put into piles that I then assemble. In this case I just reassembled one image after an hour of muddling through others. In the end whatever emerges has a message for me.

I also drew a card that night that reminded me to stay centered and grounded. While seemingly contradictory to flying, I accept this as caution not to get caught up in self-promotion but to remember the intention in writing: to spread the word about the power and promise of expressive art making.

Playtime: How do you feel about edges? Are you teetering at some point before taking a leap of faith? Who supports you and how? Who/what holds you back? Create a conversation with both and do some art. Have fun!

2 thoughts on “The Laws of Gravity Don’t Apply to Euphoria”

  1. Thanks for encouraging us all to take the leap along with you in this new venture. This image reminds me of a giant leap I had to take while completing a ropes course. Even knowing I was strapped in and fully safe, it was so hard to take the step off that ledge. So much to learn from that moment!

  2. I have never done the ropes course but when I worked at the high school many classes went to one. I hear there are many lessons to be learned…mostly of trust. And certainly that is what I am finding now, remember to trust.
    Trust myself and trust the process. And trust the connections that keep happening. Thanks. I love the box by the way and show it to anyone who comes my way!

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