This section is the last section in Elizabeth Gilbert's book " Big Magic" and is the shortest. Elizabeth Gilbert uses a story of Balinese dance to show that the divine is everywhere and everyone deserves beauty in their life and has access to it-whether through participation or observation-or at least that is my interpretation of it.
She says in conclusion that "Creativity is sacred and not sacred. What you make matters enormously, and it doesn't matter at all". That creativity is full of paradoxes but the most important thing is that you show up and say yes.
I know this to be true, I treat my creative practice as sacred (most of the time) lighting candles, and setting intentions, but I also try to remember to not take myself too seriously-something that I often struggle with, and to enjoy the process of creating without focusing on the outcome, or trying to force it to become something.
I found since I started creating more often I began to see things around me differently, everything has beauty and is a source of inspiration if we allow it to be. I have random photos filling my phone, random words scattered around on papers, scraps and bags, and bubble wrap, and other things my husband would call "garbage" hidden amongst my tools (just ask Peter, my husband, I am constantly collecting things).
So what inspires you? What lights you up? Where can you see beauty and the divine around you everyday? What will you create, do or enjoy? How can you spend and live each day as if it is a work of art?
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.