In celebration of the arrival of my first grandchild, Jaylynn Rose Schanerman on Sunday, October 19, 2008 I've decided to post this article which I wrote back in 1996.
Yesterday my friend Susie gave birth to her first child ... a 6 lb. 7 oz. beautiful, baby girl. I just had a long conversation with her getting all the details of the labor, birth, etc ... and as I got off the phone, I began “musing” about the wonder of it all.
Is there any experience we know of or could even imagine that comes close to the mystery, awe and wonder of birth? I can’t think of one.
From the conception ... the merging of male and female energies ... to gestation ... growth ... maturation ... to labor ... and finally, birth. Nothing less than an out-and-out miracle.
The act of creation is and always has been. PERIOD. From beginning to end ... the process has its own timing ... its own “knowing” ... Just like Susie was saying about when it was time for her to push ... it was just time for her to push ... she just knew ...
Somehow these thoughts about a new birth and the incredible wonder of it all led my mind to contemplate the similarities with the process of creativity, in general. Conceiving of an idea ... allowing it time to gestate ... mature ... going through a labor period and then voila ... giving birth ... and seeing the idea in its physical form. A thrilling experience for me, without a doubt.