A dear friend of mine described the place I am in my life right now and it made so much sense to me. He used the word "Enantiodromia."
I began my artistic career as a full time painter. 35 years ago I opened the Jessel Gallery and closed the door to being a fulltime creator. Don't get me wrong, I love this Gallery. Yet this last few months I finally have the time to discover who I am as an artist and put my lifetime of seeing and being and honoring other artists to work in my own art. I kept so much of who I am inside because I feared that the art would not sell, hence the gallery doors would not remain open.
Now, every day, I move back and forth from real to abstraction and just let the magical muse meander through the meadows of my mind!
When I first approached other galleries at the beginning of my career, they wanted me to present one look and my "Picassoesque" soul could not be contained. I want to be able to wake up each day and paint whatever I like no matter how different the look is. (See landscape below.)
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Enantiodromia occurs when some force or process reaches its maximum tension, which causes it to flip to its opposite.
Enantiodromias involves two elements. The first is that every system or force carries or implies its opposite: dark requires light, tall exists because of short, good is defined by bad. In life, none of us is completely one-sided: good or bad, warrior or nurturer. We all have polar potentials; we just emphasize one pole and suppress the other.
The second element of enantiodromia is that the human psyche is self-regulating. It seeks balance or equilibrium. When one aspect of our personality becomes overbalanced, its opposite will seek expression to restore equilibrium: the more energy we commit to a belief or position, the stronger its counterpart becomes. This extreme one-sidedness creates extreme tension. Eventually, this tension reaches superabundance or “overload,” and we flip to its opposite.
My Thanks to my good friend Reg Harris for his insights. To learn more about his wisdom check out his website which will be live on Friday https://www.yourheroicjourney.com/