Welcome back. I hope you’ve been feeding your Artist Self many kinds of sensual treats, and finding a more sustainable way to fold reading into your life without it upstaging your own creative voice. Today, we begin again, as we take up the next chapter on our Artist’s Way journey. In this portion, we will be “Recovering a Sense of Possibility.”
One of the biggest barriers blocking our creativity is our limited view of what is possible for us. As Julia says over and over, creativity is a spiritual issue. “Any progress is made by leaps of faith, some small and some large.”
But if we believe that the voice of the creator inside us is directing us to crazy or impossible goals, we discount it (and ourselves). She describes the bind we find ourselves in. “On the one hand, we take ourselves very seriously and don’t want to look like idiots pursuing some patently grandiose scheme. On the other hand, we don’t take ourselves – or Goddess – seriously enough and so we define as grandiose many schemes that, with Her help, may fall well within our grasp.”
Our fear comes, not from there not being enough, but from our failing to open up enough to receive the incredible bounty that is available. When I give my readings, I always carry a thimble to share with my clients. It is a reminder that when we are feeling pinched, dusty dry, frightened of not enough, it may be because we are trying to quench our thirst by holding out a thimble in a rainstorm.
When we remember that the Source is our guide, our nurturer, and is our own Divine Self, we realize that our potential is literally unlimited. But we mostly forget this, and have some kind of spiritual amnesia about how powerful the Creator is. “We draw very limited amounts of the power available to us,” she writes. “We decide how powerful the Goddess is for us. We unconsciously set a limit on how much She can give us or help us. We are stingy with ourselves. And if we receive a gift that is beyond our imagining, we often send it back.”
Sounds like it should be easy then, doesn’t it? As Julia notes, “Some of you may be thinking that this sounds like the magic wand chapter: I pray and presto!”
Of course many of us reading this have no problem using our magic wands – we do it all the time. Actually, instead of our lovely magic wands, this is the chapter that may remind us of a book (and cultural phenomenon) that appeared several years after The Artist’s Way was published. What we’ll be discussing in this chapter may smack suspiciously of The Secret, a book that mostly gives me the shudders.
More about this tomorrow!