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Emily Hanlon : Journey Into the Imagination

Journey Into the Imagination — Traveling to the Land of Betwixt and Between

By Emily Hanlon

Betwixt and Between is a land of inspiration, and always near...

The land of Betwixt and Between is the boundary of neither/nor,
the place where objects touch, aura's blend and energy is transformed,
midnight, the bewitching hour,
the time of neither day nor night
mysteriously both,
arriving unannounced,
like creativity itself.

The place of betwixt and between is
the magic, the mystery,
the essence of creativity
when nothing
is what it seems
and everything is possible.

The time of betwixt and between is
the waxing of the moon becoming
the waning of the moon becoming the waxing of the moon.
Appearing full for three nights,
absolute fullness is only a moment,
then passes into the land of betwixt and between.

What else is betwixt and between?
Fog, mist, clouds and all that is elusive,
wandering,
shapeless,
shifting from something, disappearing into nothing as elusive as creativity itself.
Like dawn and dusk, it appears, fills us and is gone without a trace.

Where else is the betwixt and between?
The water's edge
betwixt and between the shoreline and the horizon,
the air and sea
three worlds coming together
air, water, and earth
changing, ebbing, flowing elusive.

Betwixt and between is that invisible world between
the wave and the beach,
the fire and the log,
the root and the soil
the bud and the stem
the drop of rain and the leaf
the new crust of snow and the old.

Can you travel to these places of betwixt and between?

Can you know the spirits that dwell therein?
Can you leave your body and enter the essence of betwixt and between?
Can you fly free into wild creativity
that which is the essence of life?

Light a candle and breath deeply.
Watch the rise and fall of your breath.
Can you find the betwixt and between in
the rise and fall of your breath?

Breath deeply as you gaze into the flame.
Can you send your creative essence in between the flame and wick?

What creativity lies there?

Go to the places of betwixt and between.
Fly free and enter possibility.

What stories, what adventures lie there?

© 2008 Emily Hanlon. All rights reserved.

Emily HanlonEmily Hanlon has been a writer all her life and is the author of seven works of fiction and a book on writing and creativity. More »

4/3/08