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The Force That Drives the Flower

Writer’s Block © Penelope
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.
— Edwin Land, scientist and inventor of Polaroid film and the Land camera

Every day, we are witnessing more signs that our economy has gone haywire, and no one quite knows (much less agrees!) what to do about it. Some say that as we spend the next 15 years with Pluto in Capricorn, we can expect that the very foundations of our institutions of work, wealth, and security will crumble.

If we are to survive, this is a time, I believe, that demands creative new approaches and a willingness to shed the constrictions of past paradigms (that are failing anyway). We must reach deep within, and connect to the Source of what is of true value. We are called, I believe, to discover (or return to) our most fundamental identity, as Creators.

Julia Cameron wrote The Artist’s Way as a result of hundreds of workshops she had taught on how to become “unblocked” as an artist. Her credentials qualifying her to teach this came from her own difficult experiences.

She had created a very lucrative and successful career at Paramount Studios as a writer. However, in 1978, she was forced to stop drinking, which suddenly revealed the extent to which alcohol and the ability to be creative had become intertwined for her.

“In my mind,” she writes, “drinking and writing went together like, well, scotch and soda. For me, the trick was always getting past the fear and onto the page. I was playing beat the clock – trying to write before the booze closed in like fog and my window of creativity was blocked again…

“I told myself that if sobriety meant no creativity, I did not want to be sober. Yet I recognized that drinking would kill me and the creativity. I needed to learn to write sober – or else give up writing entirely.”

Without alcohol-fueled “creative spasms,” as she describes her work style, she was forced to examine what it is that blocks us from our creative expression, and, ultimately, confront her deepest beliefs about what creativity, in fact, is.

Her journey began when she “learned to turn my creativity over to the only God I could believe in, the God of creativity, the life force Dylan Thomas called, ‘the force that through the green fuse drives the flower…’

“I learned to get out of the way and let that creative force work through me. I learned to just show up at the page and write down what I heard. Writing became more like eavesdropping and less like inventing a nuclear bomb. It wasn’t so tricky, and it didn’t blow up on me anymore. I didn’t have to be in the mood.”

I hope that over the weekend, you’ll begin to think about your own gifts and challenges as a Creator. In what ways, big and small, are you currently able to express artistry in your life? What beliefs do you have about what a creative lifestyle looks like? How does your life, as it is right now, support or thwart your creative dreams and fantasies?

Next week, I’ll share with you Julia’s basic principles upon which she promises creative recovery and discovery can be built.

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  • February 13, 2009, 11:11 am Madeline

    Hi Beth–what a great idea–I can use a shot of Artist’s Way in my life right now–also have the book and did the plan a while back but need the refresher!! I am finding my PLAY TIME with my arts is the most healing thing right now– and my mind then has time to drift and dream, and solve.. and enjoy..

    Your focus on creativity is so timely–I too see constrained fear, lack of ability to take a deep breath, and a “if we work harder and longer and wear ourselves out we will solve this” approach in my clients and others..

    CREATIVITY is exactly the antidote–and the cure!!

    If we’re more creative, and more relaxed, and take some TIME OUTS and KEEP BREATHING (literally, I am doing deep breathing exercises every day now and it has changed my energy tremendously!)– we will find our best way through whatever changes we need to make..whatever the times are bringing to our doorstep..

    So–do we just check in daily for info on what’s up with the artists’ Way on your blog??

    thanks for our offerings!!!! Yes, creativity is PURE MAGIC IN ACTION!!!!!!

  • February 13, 2009, 2:23 pm Shell

    Synchronicity is beautiful. I was just reading that Dylan Thomas poem.

    In the past months, I have been committed to my creative life to almost extreme means. Not sure if that’s good or bad yet. What I’ve learned the most is that what I think of myself and my life determines how I create. I can’t listen to other no matter how well meaning they are.

    Being happy is being creatively plugged into my soul.

  • February 14, 2009, 10:50 am Madeline

    Shell–hi! I went over to visit your blog too–bless you! Creativity is the universal language, the cosmic therapist, the best friend in the world.. In addition to my spiritual work, I am a collage “artist” (dabbler..still learning how to work with my materials!)– creativity and spirituality are twin souls.. keep at it girl- your blog is now on my daily list to visit!

  • February 15, 2009, 7:48 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, Yay! I love how we are making these beautiful interconnections with one another!
    – Beth

  • February 23, 2009, 8:40 am Barbie

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