I spent the first 40 years of my life believing I didn't have a creative bone in my body, then I spent the next 15 kicking myself for wasting the first 40. What I finally discovered was that "creativity is our true nature, that blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem." I also learned that creativity is God's gift to us, and using our creativity is our gift back to God. The idea that the creator encourages creativity is a radical thought. We tend to think that creative dreams are egotistical, something that God wouldn't approve of for us. If our parents expressed doubt or disapproval for our creative dreams, we may project that same attitude onto a parental god. Thankfully, I was taught that this can, and must, be undone.
My teacher believes that "no matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity." This teacher devised tools to assist us with this task - this business of creating pathways in our consciousness through which the creative forces can operate. Regardless of your spiritual background, most of us believe in some kind of Higher Power. Thinking of it as a form of spiritual electricity is a useful jumping-off place. Consider these quotes:
- I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me. -- William Blake
- The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. -- Piet Mondrian
- The music of this opera (Madame Butterfly) was dictated to me by God; I was merely instrumental in putting it on paper and communicating it to the public. -- Giacomo Puccini
- Straightaway the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God. -- Johannes Brahms
As you work with the tools in this book, as you undertake the weekly tasks, many changes will be set in motion. Chief among these changes will be the triggering of synchronicity: we change and the universe furthers and expands that change. I have an irreverent shorthand for this that I keep taped to my writing desk: "Leap, and the net will appear."
Are you ready to take that leap? Then leave up to one comment per day, between now and Sunday night, or send me an e-mail at becky.lane(at)vownet(dot)net, and I will put your name into the hat for our drawing. It matters not if you have already won before - you are still eligible! I might even sweeten the deal by throwing in some supplies which will help you as you undertake the exercises in the book - maybe a journal for your "morning pages" or a sketchbook to take with you on your "creative excursions." But hurry, time is running out!