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How To Craft When The Veil Is Thin

Written by Michaela MacBlake Matthews

What Is A Thin Veil?

You may have heard that the veil is at its thinnest in October, and on Halloween specifically, but what does that mean? This term refers to the separation between the physical world and the spirit world. When the veil is thick, it is easier to focus on only the tangible, here and now. When it is thin, our minds are likely to wander into deeper emotions, the past and future, and possibly even supernatural senses.

This time brings about a feeling of depth and extremity, but unlike most extremes, it often does not feel unstable… Almost like turning up the contrast on a photo, things are just a bit more charged up during this time!

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Crafting When The Veil Is Thin

As creativity is a deeply subconscious process, bringing the immaterial into the material world, this state of being can alter our flow when it comes to working on projects. We may feel compelled to start new projects altogether, or even become a bit disconnected from what we were recently working on. Around this time, things often start shifting in unexpected ways, especially those that have been the same for so long that we’d forgotten they could change.

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Pay Attention To How The Project Feels

To make the most of this time, pay careful attention to the feeling of your projects, and what they represent to you. Now is the time to hone your intentions for the mood of your creative projects, and to be sure that they align with your inner desires and your best self.

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Allow For The Plan To Change

As things continue to move deeper, unfold, and shift within and around us, expect the unexpected. Be prepared to let go of plans and outlines that you had for projects, and allow the autumn winds to take you where you need to go! Creativity during this time should be adaptive, and flow freely.

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Work In Sections

As the thinning veil allows us to let go of old patterns, it's common for longer term projects to fall unfinished. This happens most when we build our ideas and inspiration in a self-contained ecosystem, and the energy we have for the project changes before we can get all the pieces together. To avoid this hiccup, focus on projects that can be brought together in several chunks, rather than building a maze of a masterpiece. This way, it’s easier to switch gears and redirect along the way.

Meet the Author

Close up of the author, Michaela Matthews wearing red lipstick and a poofy red scarf with white flower arrangement in background.

"Mac" is on the Lifestyle Team here at Darn Good Yarn, and loves taking a ‘teach a man to fish’ approach to creative therapy. She is certified in neuro-linguistic programming, and is also the surreal artist and author behind Surrealismac.