Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

The Pop Quiz

Trust goodness. It flows all through us and is ever present. Whenever you fall out of trust, bring yourself back.
— SARK

Trusting that little voice inside you that says, “What if – ” is crucial, wherever you happen to be in your artist’s journey. The willingness to surrender the appearance of being successful, super competent and skilled is actually the only way you can stay connected to the creative power that flows in you. Attempting to manage where your creativity wants to take you is about as self-defeating as trying to manage sexual pleasure so that you don’t mess up your hair, make a noise, or lose control.

Losing control is the point, dearie!

Julia notes, “As blocked creatives, we unrealistically expect and demand success from ourselves and recognition of that success from others. With that as an unspoken demand, a great many things remain outside our sphere of possibility.

“As actors,” she writes, “we tend to allow ourselves to be typecast rather than working to expand our range. As singers, we stay married to our safe material. As songwriters, we try to repeat a formula hit. In this way, artists who do not appear blocked to the outside eye experience themselves as blocked internally, unable to take the risk of moving into new and more satisfying territory.”

Sometimes, the whole reason for taking the leap is to take it. For its own sake, not because it really will add to our resumé, or be a stepping stone to the Big Thing. It might be a detour, even a complete flop. Maybe it will enhance our later work, maybe not. But if nothing else, we would do well to consider it a pop quiz of our commitment and faith in our connection to the Source. And therefore, to ignore, thwart or undermine it so that we can be in control lands us right smack back in blockage. All the good work we’ve been doing to expand our connectedness is damaged or undone.

Once we are willing to embrace the notion that anything worth doing is worth doing badly, our options burst open in delicious ways. So here’s an exercise for us. Allowing for imperfect to not be physically unsafe in any way, can you list 20 things you would try if you didn’t have to do them perfectly? Or successfully? Or even all that well?

To inspire us, Julia’s includes things like white-water rafting, stand-up comedy, being a platinum blonde, taking a watercolor class, reading her poetry in public, puppeteering, a spontaneous tropical vacation, archery and more.

What about you? Please share with us!

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  • September 3, 2009, 9:40 am Grace

    Hi! 🙂

    I've been a fan for some time but not sure I've ever commented. This morning, I just have to because this post speaks right to the heart of me, affirming and supportive. I've recently started a new blog where – really, on the spur of the moment and with not editing – I began writing a book. Well, I've got two chapters done, anyway, and a couple of poems! LOL When I just let go of the need to do it 'right' or 'well' or whatever, the words just poured out of me. Since this particular blog of mine isn't highly traffick, maybe that helped me get over my SELF consciousness, and just let go.

    I haven't read it all the way through yet, but I have Artist Way sitting right by my computer. And Vein of Gold (which I haven't read at all) is on my nightstand…this was a very encouraging post to really get in there and address any blocks. Especially the ones that don't 'appear' to be blocks.

  • September 3, 2009, 2:34 pm ARIE

    Hey Beth,

    I think this is for me:

    Losing control is the point, dearie! = dear arie => dearie.

    The universe has strange ways to deliver messages…

    :-))))

    Arie

  • September 3, 2009, 11:28 pm Athene Nocuta

    Ok, my putting in my 20 or almost 20 things.

    1. Singing. I'd sing loud and proud. I work w/ small children and sing to them often, but always apologize first for being out of tune and/or off-key. The kids seem to enjoy it anyways.

    2. Play piano more. Only took lessons for a yr, but can sort of play Ode to Joy in the kiddie book.

    3. Share the piano w/ my kids-so I am not a piano teacher, but I can show them the A-G keys.

    4. Sewing-finally get over my fear of screwing up and make a bed skirt for the kids daybed.

    5. Write more- I don't want to do War and Peace, just fun brain candy.

    6. Keep my movie blog updated.

    7. Belly Dance

    8. Kaoroke-it always looks like so much fun

    9.Do more w/ astrology

    10. Do more w/ Tarot

    11. Do more w/ Wiccan

    13. Drive stick

    14. Swim

    15. Decorate cakes

    16. Make family films

    17. Wear a bathing suit in public

    18. Speak up more on political issues

    19. Agree w/ Julia, would love to try stand up comedy.

    20. Fix things around the house

  • September 4, 2009, 6:28 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Grace, it's so good to see you chiming in. Welcome! Congratulations on the discovery of your book! That's truly wonderful!!!

    Dear Arie – you crack me up as usual! Love this!

    And Athene – these are so great! Do you notice some of the similarities in some of these?
    – B.