This week I’ve been reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book “Big Magic-Creative Living beyond Fear”. I haven't read "Eat, Pray, Love" or "Committed: A Love Story" or "The Signature of All Things" but I may.
When I read, I’m not the sort of person that feels that they have to agree or disagree or come up with some sort of pronouncement. It’s enough for me to get a golden nugget of information or inspiration. I wasn’t always this way, but I am now.
I got really excited by Gilbert’s description of herself as a child. She describes herself as a very fearful child that wished for example, when at the beach, that everyone there would come out of the water and read so she wouldn’t have to worry for their safety. That is familiar to me. My parents would agree that I shared some traits with young Ms. Gilbert.
She goes on to describe her encounters with the creative spirit. She experiences an Idea as an entity that comes knocking, asking for you to help bring it to life, and if you pass on its offer, it’ll visit someone else. She has some examples from her own life that are fascinating enough for you to go read them yourself. Again, after getting over the strangeness of the concept, I had to agree that I have felt that sort of “magic” in my own life. I found that after reading about Gilbert’s experiences, that understanding creativity in this whimsical way, for me, helps me feel less fearful as I step forward in my productivity, whether it be painting, writing, or doing business or making new connections. I feel more aware when an Idea comes knocking, more conscious as I accept a project or turn it down. And I’ve been doing it for years, but without the sort wakefulness that Gilbert has cultivated.