” . . . the more true we are to our own creative gifts the less there is any outer reassurance or help at the beginning. The more we are on the path, the deeper the silence in the first stages of the process. Following our path is in effect a kind of going off the path, through open country. There is a certain early stage when we are left to camp out in the wilderness, alone, with few supporting voices. Out there in the silence we must build a hearth. gather the twigs, and strike flint for the fire ourselves.”

David Whyte, The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America (87).