I’ve been thinking a lot lately about creativity especially after reading Big Magic, which I’m sure quite a few of you have also read over the last month, but in particular the way we interact with it. I am definitely someone who thinks that engaging in or expressing creativity is not something that should create angst and anxiety, and if it does it’s most likely because you are doing it for the wrong reasons.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve taken from the book is the simple idea that creativity doesn’t owe you anything. Not money, success, fame or answers. It simply invites you to come play with it, and it will continue to engage with you if you continue to respond back. This becomes pretty interesting when you desire to build your business around such interactions. Quite often Liz mentions that you need to do whatever it takes to make time for your creativity but that doesn’t mean you get to pressure it with needing to make you an income. Which might mean for some people that their job has nothing to do with their creative passion.
While for myself I believe it is both and it can be, I am definitely finding more and more that I can sense when I’m creating just for the fun and joy of it, regardless of whether is becomes a source of income, and when I’m trying too hard to make creativity fit into my own neat and convenient plans. And it’s primarily when I don’t feel joy or flow. Resistance is more of a difficult one to decipher at times. On one hand it can either be because it’s scary but absolutely something you are meant to do, or on the other because you don’t actually feel aligned with it. It might be one of those things you think you should do, instead of want to do.
Last week while I was working with the ‘Joy’ alchemical oil from Sacred Self, I was receiving a lot of messages to remind me to relax, not be so serious, grab some paints and get messy, just for the hell of it. Because it’s fun. And I had a lovely couple of hours painting this bright and happy floral inspired artwork. It helped me to experience that feeling of simple creative joy, and reconnect back to doing the things that give me this sense of creative freedom and energy.