Don’t Stop Believing
Every human being carries a light within. Every single one of us. If we’re still breathing, we have a light that burns inside of us and shines out into the world. But writers and artists have a very particular kind of light. Our light appears ephemeral but it has the potential to be long lasting, due to our tendency to record our creative efforts and distribute them to the larger population. It can also be very emotionally nourishing to others as it usually manifests through archetypal images and stories.
When artists and writers are divided from our authentic selves our light flickers and dims.
This can happen when we don’t stand up for a cause we believe in, or we don’t honor our personal needs for alone time or quiet space. Or when we don’t feel we have a community of other creatives who “get” us. Or enough room in our life to play and have fun.
It happens most especially when we are not immersed in a regular cycle of creating things.
When your light is flickering you will feel more tired than usual, depressed, and irritable. Envious, judgmental thoughts about others will creep in. The world will feel bleak, narrow, and kind of boring. When you’re in this state it can be incredibly difficult to see beyond it. Starting a new story sounds seriously daunting. Finishing your novel? Impossible.
But you’ve got to hang in there. As long as you’re still alive, so is your light. Its potential never lessens, whether you’re eight years old or eighty. Its true power never dims. That means that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t written anything in years, you can always start again. Or if you haven’t written anything ever, you can start now. If you’ve painted a hundred pictures you ended up hating, there is still a chance that the next one you paint will be the one that you love.
But to bring life back into your light, you absolutely cannot give up on it.
As a writer and artist, YOU cannot give up on your light.
When you feel your light flickering, you’ve got to throw yourself into making things even if it’s difficult and uncomfortable at first. If you can’t even think about finishing your novel right now, cook an elegant meal instead. If you’re terrified to pick up the paintbrush, take a stab at writing a poem. Feel free to cross-pollinate with your creativity. As long as you are creating something with the hope of attaining grace, and beauty, then you are feeding your light.
When you finish reading this post sit quietly if you can. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Feel your creative light warming you from within. Put your mental fingertips on it and feel the strength of its breath. Is it flickering? Or is it pulsing strong? Ask it what it needs. Feel where its desire flows.
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