Big Magic

I can always be distracted

by love, but eventually

I get horny for my creativity.

Gilda Radner


I must have dozed off reading “Eat, Pray…” because I never did find out what happened in the “Love” part of Elizabeth Gilbert’s runaway bestseller. Her  “Big Magic” book, however, captivated me to the very end.

Watch this TED talk on Your Elusive Creative Genius for an excerpt on the wisdom of recognizing that we are not necessarily the source, but mere channels of genius. By finding the discipline to consistently set aside time to show up for our work or art, we give ourselves the best chance of catching our genius or muse when it is in the mood to play.

To have a successful and lasting relationship with our creativity, Elizabeth explains how we must give up requiring it to pay the bills (and soon,) that we should always find whatever work is necessary to support it, and consistently make time to attend to it–if only to help us keep our sanity and zest for living. A bit more “Big Magic” excerpt:

Fierce trust demands that you put forth the work anyhow. Fierce trust knows that the outcome does not matter.

The outcome cannot matter.

Fierce trust asks you to stand strong within this truth:

You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work, regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the creative process, even when you don’t understand the outcome.

There is a famous question that shows up, it seems, in every single self-help book ever written: What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?

But I’ve always seen it differently. I think the fiercest question of all is this: What would you do even if you knew that you might very well fail?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Oct 03, 2015 @ 10:46:21

    I often think; why am I here? No, I don’t mean here enjoying PG. I know that answer, not sure exactly how I got here, but its a good place to be none the less. I mean what is my purpose. Just to work and survive? Can I make a difference somehow? Will one of my kids make a difference for the good? I have so many creative things within me that I want to make come to life. It’s a scary thing to reach for some creative desire and try and make it come true. What if I try and fail? But what if I never try? Then I’ve failed anyway. I found it interesting listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s description of trusting in creativity and describing Tom Waits driving down the freeway and something comes to mind that needs to be remembered for the future. What do you do? It seems that is when it happens to me. These days, not texting and driving but I find myself stopping at light, reaching for my phone and texting to myself a thought, a song title or lyric I want to expand on later. Thinking as I read them later…do something with them Mountain, don’t let them go to waste, take a chance and write what your feel.

    I discovered years ago a lesson in taking something creative and running with it and making it come true. Not referring to me or my goals but to Powerful Goddess. Here is a perfect example of beautiful creativity with persistence and a positive outlook. Look for and at the lessons of good things that sometimes are right in front of us but at times easily overlooked.



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