Thank You, James Hillman, for Letting the World In

Creativity requires that we listen and notice: What is moving me? What is touching my heart? The process of discovering what we love is about letting the world in. We need to be open to it, see it, feel it, and experience it. In honor of James Hillman's passing, I'm sharing something he wrote that has always inspired me:

The world “doesn’t consist of merely objects and things; it is filled with useful, playful, and intriguing opportunities: The oriole doesn’t see a branch, but an occasion for perching; the cat doesn’t see a thing we call an empty box, it sees safe hiding for peering. The bear doesn’t smell honeycomb, but the opportunity for delicious feeding. The world is buzzing and blooming with information, which is always available and never absent." (The Soul's Code)

Hillman invites us to move out of our “psychological” homes—the house of our parents, and take a leap out into the home of the world. There we find our inspirations. We let the world in, and we discover what moves our hearts. Thank you, James Hillman.

~The above was excerpted from Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination by Kim Hermanson

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Comment by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on March 27, 2012 at 4:45pm

Hi Judith,


I don't think I responded back to you last November. Thanks for your note and I hope you were able to check out my book :-)


Take good care and hope all is well with you and your work.


All the best,


Comment by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on November 20, 2011 at 5:22am

Great title for a book!  I'm going to look into it! Sounds like a great read...

Comment by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on November 3, 2011 at 5:58pm
Hi Judith,
Thanks so much for your comments. I wanted to put up a proper profile picture before I responded. :-)
I checked out your website -- it's wonderful to connect with you!
Comment by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on October 28, 2011 at 11:07pm

Kim,  I enjoyed these words by James Hillman.  Re-reading Hillman over and over and over and over and over and over..............and.....over...forever!

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