As divine order would have it, those I am most qualified to serve in therapy and spiritual guidance seem to find me. A common theme is blocked creativity. I know about this first hand and it is a passion of mine to help others break through resistance and get into the flow. This entry is for those who have a burning desire to write, sketch, sing, dance, sculpt, paint, act, cook, design, invent or dare to express creatively in any way, and are stuck idling on the launch pad.
Over a year ago, I blogged about the need for a book that affirms and inspires spiritual mavericks who bring the same creativity, authenticity and dynamism to spirituality that they bring to other aspects of their lives. Despite my long list of “why nots,” it is now written. It had to be. Perhaps Jesus summed it up best: “If we don’t bring forth that which is within us, that which is within us will destroy us.” Can you relate? Resistance to creative expression is a form of self-destruction. Sometimes, we have no choice but to give birth. I see this book, IS: A Street Smart Guide to Inspire Your Spiritual Side, as a co-creation with Infinite Source ( “IS,” for short–my name for God). I don’t know about you, but when I’m called, I answer. By the way, those creative inklings you feel…? Ring, ring.
If you, like so many of my brilliant, gifted clients, have a deep yearning to answer your artist’s pleas but are squelching that voice to pursue more “sensible” endeavors, I recommend reading Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Creative recovery is catapulted with this book. I have seen the results on stage, on the canvas, in print and in the sparkling eyes of my fulfilled clients. Reading it and journaling as described are baby steps which lead to giant strides towards transformation and liberation. Your artist is worth it. Your art must be born.
Here are some common excuses we make to stay stuck and some wisdom to remedy that.
You: It’s too overwhelming. I don’t know where to begin.
Agatha Christie: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
You: It’s been done.
Eugene Delacroix: “What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough.”
You: It’s too late now.
George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans): “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
You: Artists are crazy.
Charles Bukowski: “Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.”
You: I can’t take the time for this.
Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
You: It’s too painful.
Anais Nin, “And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to bloom.”
You: I need a clearer vision before I start.
Nietzsche: “One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.”
You: There are too many obstacles.
Albert Einstein: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
You: “I’m afraid to try.”
Abraham Hicks: “There is no need to try. Just do it.”
You: I can’t expose myself like that.
Muriel Rukeyser: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.”
George Carlin: “Those who dance are considered crazy by those who can’t hear the music.”
You: I’m not good enough.
Carl Jung: “I’d rather be whole than good.”
Now, friends, in the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, “Do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world!”