Artwork by Cloudy Thurstag

We took a wonderful walk yesterday, around a conservancy project here on our island. It’s very quiet there, off the beaten track, a haven to a growing number of diverse species of animals and plants. Previously a golf course, this gorgeous land is now regrowing its wild self. It’s the result of a complete transformation that began five years ago.

It wasn’t as simple as leaving it alone. Pipes have been removed from deep in the earth, hundreds of native species have been replanted, nurselogs have been introduced. And, most importantly, a fence is surrounding it so it will be protected, left to become the thriving wetland it once once.

Rewilding the psyche is like this. We must look at the ways in which our unconscious has been harnessed, and narrowly directed, removing those limitations so it can flow freely. Dreamwork is a powerful way to do this, because we are shown in every dream what unconscious patterns we might be stuck in, but we’re also given wildly creative solutions to our questions.

Then we must plant new seeds of inspiration, from books and other mentors who reflect our native self back to us, and introduce any other good habits which return us to our souls. But then we must build an unimpeachable boundary around our lives in order to protect the gradual process of remediation.

For many, this boundary is primarily to keep the needs and demands of others at bay. But often we also need a more intimate form of remediation. The fence which protects and values our spiritual and creative life above all else. We are so used to giving this time up first, as if it were expendable. But at a certain point everyone comes to realise that the quality of what they are giving is only so rich as the soil from which it’s been harvested.

So like the golf-course-come-wild-habitat, a complete reversal of our priorities is necessary. Instead of overploughing our creativity, we need to invest in its protection. While it may seem like the boundaries you are creating are selfish, they are actually improving the conditions for your generosity.

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