“Pure creativity is magnificent expressly because it is the opposite of everything else in life that’s essential or inescapable… Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it’s a gift. It’s the frosting…[and] arguably useless. All it does is make me want to play.” (Gilbert, Big Magic 128)
In Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” she talks about how we can bypass the fear of the creative process through leading a curiosity-driven life. She talks about the importance of being like hummingbirds, moving from flower to flower, dipping our beaks into whatever captures our attention. The wonderful thing about being a hummingbird is that you don’t have to deal with the challenges or anxieties that beset us as creatives. No negative self-talk, no fear or judgment, no procrastination or perfectionism.
Here are some of the ideas that she explores in her first couple of chapters:
—Ideas are alive and stubborn: they enter and exit “at whim” and actively seek collaborators.
—Inspiration is irrational and unpredictable and will try its best to work with us.
—Creative work combines both “fairy dust” and chopping wood and carrying water.
—There is a difference between having creative genius vs. being a creative genius…artists have suffered from the pressure and burden of the label of artist and of having to be "at the top.”
—It is important to let ideas come and go; we don’t need to know what the unknown is doing.
—We are all inherently creative: we do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.
Take a moment to think about these compelling ideas. How would it feel for you to replace fear with curiosity to empower your creative expression?
As a creativity coach, that’s what I help you do!
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