Play makes the World the World makes Play

While playing we constantly create and re-create. In this way play enlivens the world by permeating it with what might be . Play can be seen as the lifeblood of continuing existence.

As C.G. Jung described "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." 

Within every sphere of inquiry into existence, be it; science, religion, philosophy, art, anthropology, the essential role of play is recognised. 

With these words, that are now much quoted, Heraclitus ( c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) professed “Lifetime (aiõn) is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child.” 

Yet while the world is being continuously played into existence, all that surrounds the playing child can affect what they might play. In his concern for the deterioration of our instinctive connection with nature (biophilia) David Orr explains that "We will not enter this new kingdom of sustainability until we allow our children the kind of childhood in which biophilia can put down roots."

played-with-ness offers such exploration through a doctoral phenomenological research inquiry - which evolved in response to children's play with things and spaces, and the sensitizing experience of noticing.  

play-full-filling encourages exploration of the personally felt response, of resonance, of creativity, of our own playfulness, as a way of knowing attuned to and inseparable from play orientated practice.

making-play-full invites your involvement in exploring the experience of creating playful things and spaces as vessels to become ever more playfilled. 

Through these explorations the hope is to offer inspiration towards fulfilling the responsibility levelled by 

the might of play