You chose a person/entity.
There’s no adage that rings quite as true as “You have nothing to fear except fear itself.” For centuries, humans have taken creative and healing journeys through uncharted territory in order to face their own demons. And in this case, the first demon you’ve come up against is…well, yourself.
Your image in the clearing represents any blocks or beliefs you hold in your pursuit of your creative work. To see a person/entity here symbolizes that your worst enemy is your own beliefs about your capabilities as an artist.
So what to do about it?
There are a lot of layers to work through, and almost every creative person has some kind of inner dialogue that doesn’t serve them. There’s no overnight fix, but there are a few exercises you can do to get started:
- Go back to the clearing. Close your eyes and bring up the image of that person/entity. Write down any details you can remember. Color of clothing? Facial expression? Height? What do those details tell you about your own fear?
- If you need something a little more concrete: Write out a letter from that person/entity to yourself. Don’t try to control the output—just listen to what it has to say.
The thing about fear is that it doesn’t go away until we listen to it. Give yours a chance to speak so that you can politely tell it to get out of the way so you can work.