This month I'm doing a 30-Day Blog Challenge. Each day I will offer up a serving of what's in my heart in the moment. My wish is for you to receive a delicious blessing, and my hope is that you will feel inspired to leave a precious morsel of that in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!
Today I want to talk about creative leaps, specifically the shifts and quantum jumps that happen when we show up, when we're committed and when we're willing to be vulnerable enough to take put our work out there, risking rejection, ridicule or indifference. Being an artist, writer, musician, actor...and so on, is not for wimps. It takes high doses of courage to show up and bring the invisible ideas that are tugging at your heart into form. Why do you think so many creative folks live and die so tragically? They can't say no to the call to create, and yet it is a HUGE responsibility to hold and sustain their gifts. Lots of crash and burn happens in the arts, mostly because people have trouble keeping one foot in the messy, chaotic realm of the unknown and another foot in the day-to-day mostly left-brain driven world. The two often don't mesh well and artists sometimes cannot build a bridge between the two.
Back to creative leaps...the biggest one in my creative life was when I discovered the Muse. This discovery changed everything. My entire way of relating to my writing was transformed from seeing myself doing the work to showing up and having the work happen through me. I'm not referring to automatic writing or channeling here. I'm not letting an invisible entity slip into the driver's seat and tell me what to write. I'm speaking about connecting with my Higher Self, the part of me that knows I am more than this body, mind and emotions, the part of me that has access to the eternal, infinite realm of life and the part of me that is open to the collective where all ideas emerge.
Working with the Muse, I discovered I no longer had to struggle with the blank page, because I was now working beyond the limitations of the small ego self and allowing the greater Consciousness to express Itself through me. My writing no longer belonged to just me. I was simply the instrument. This freed me up tremendously. I no longer had to "try" to write. Instead, I only had to be willing to write and allow the writing to happen without interfering.
Of course, as with anything else, if you don't use it, you lose it. That's why showing up is so important. Otherwise you're left working on your own. Not fun at all.
I had a dry stretch for several weeks this summer and I was certain my Muse had packed up and left. My creative life had flatlined. I was discouraged. The negative gremlins attacked from all corners doing their best to convince me I was wasting my time. My work was mediocre. No one cared. What I had to say had been said. Why bother? The works.
It was grueling and lonely. Thankfully, it passed. My Muse returned. I learned not to take her for granted. I also learned a few things about how certain aspects of my life were pulling me away from my creative time, draining and distracting me. I needed more honesty and better boundaries. She also nudged me to bring more stillness into my life through meditation. This made a HUGE difference!
Creative leaps may also be in the form of discovering a new way of working or a new medium altogether. It may also happen through a powerful connection with a creative partner or collaborator. What was impossible alone suddenly becomes possible with the help of another. Whatever form they take, these leaps bring generous amounts of energy and inspiration with them. Mountains begin to move that prior to the leap seemed insurmountable. We fall in love again with our creative process. The world looks more benign. We belong again.
Can one bring about a creative leap? Perhaps. I would say that we can certainly do our best to stir things up. Take risks. Try new approaches. Find a partner. Change something. Travel to exotic lands. Anything, as long as it shakes us out of our comfort zones.
If that seems to much of a stretch, stop. Get quiet and listen. The Muse likes to whisper so she may tiptoe into your sacred space one day and whisper in your ear. Listen to what she has to say. Open your heart. Tell her your secrets. Then when you're ready...open your arms and receive.
Have you had any creative leaps lately? Any shifts or openings or breakthroughs?