Into The Wilds

The Dionysian Mysteries were a ritual of ancient Greece and Rome which sometimes used intoxicants and other trance-inducing techniques (like dance and music) to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state.

We all need to return to that natural state from time to time – if not, too much sanity will drive us mad.  It’s particularly important for creative people.  This is how you tap into the unconscious where stories and art and music are borne.

It won’t happen naturally.  How you do it is down to you – I have many ways that work for me.  One is to make sure I get away into the wilds a few times a year.  Trek across wind-swept moors where there’s not a soul around for miles.  Sleep under the stars.  Dive into the ocean and let the swell carry you.  The Wild forces the front-brain to switch off.

And when you do, you start to see strands of myth all around you – like the installation above. And myth is the way the Wild communicates directly with the unconscious – the real – you.

I took this photo at the Eden Project (Motto: Transformation: it’s in our nature) on a recent journey through Cornwall, one of my favourite places.  If you want to see more of what I do in my life, make sure you follow me on Instagram.

2 thoughts on “Into The Wilds”

  1. Coming to your work rather late (in the day and in my life) I have so enjoyed your “Age of Misrule” trilogy at a time when I thought I was jaded by fantasy/SF/horror to the point when it all seemed as though I’d read it all before. And 6 books (so far) to be enjoying, such a treat.Restored my faith in human nature. True to our British mythology & sense of place, but the best treatment of the dark side of the celtic otherworlds bar none. (Or could it be that you echo my own thoughts?) Your grasp and expression of the alienness of those we might share the worlds with is masterly. Your work is making an old granny very happy, so many thanks.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, and very pleased that you enjoyed Age of Misrule. That dark side of the otherworld is something that’s always interested me immensely.

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