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!