We are ALL artists…did you know that? We all are creators and creative beings. Some of us devote our lives to our art. Some of us squeeze it in when we can. Some of us let it lie dormant our whole life! I just finished re-reading Steven Pressfield’s book “The War of Art.” If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. He talks about the role resistance plays in our lives. He says, “The more resistance you experience, the more important your unmanifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.”
Head the Call!
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about learning how to flow. Much of what I write and speak about is the Law of Attraction, and how easy and fun life is supposed to be. We make it so much harder on ourselves than it needs to be. Many of us spend so much time taking care of things like bills, errands, and commitments that we forget to make time to do what we inherently came to earth to do. That is express ourselves as artists.
So many of us were told when we were young and wanted to be in a band, or travel around the world taking pictures, or become a dancer, “Go to school and get a good job. You’ll never make a living doing that.” So, we grew up thinking it wasn’t important enough and we “tucked it away.” The thing is, eventually your soul will call you out and beg for you to do what it longs for you to do. Either you’ll heed the call, or you’ll live a “less than” life filled with excuses and deep-seeded anguish. I say, “Head The Call!”
I believe everything Steven Pressfield talks about when it comes to the artist and resistance, and I know, personally for me, when I start to write, I feel it every single time. But, the “pro” as he calls it, forges ahead despite the fear and doubt, and gets it done.
What is YOUR Art?
So, what is YOUR art? Are you expressing it? If not, do you wish you could find a way to do so? I’ll tell you this…when you do and you share your art with the world, we will THANK YOU for it! We crave it. We desire it. We need it! It fuels our souls in addition to fueling your own soul. If you’re feeling unsure and need some ways to start, or start again, here you go:
Think about what you used to do as a kid that you’d lose all sense of time about when you did it.
As a child, or a teenager, what did you LOVE to do? When I was very young, I used to love to color and build with Legos. As I got a little older, I loved making scrap books and writing poetry and stories. I’ve been writing in journals since I was a teenager. My soul’s calling was for me to be a writer. Now, with one book complete and many more to come, writing a weekly blog, writing poetry whenever I’m feeling inspired, and short stories, I KNOW that I was destined to be a writer, and the signs showed up when I was a young girl.
What showed up for you back then? Athlete, dancer, singer, artist, painter, sculpture, engineer, designer, musician? Take some time for a moment and think about this. We tend to forget about that time and not think it important because it came to us so easily and effortlessly, that we didn’t value it for the gift that it was!
If time was no object, how would I spend my days expressing myself creatively?
This is WHEN you’ll discover your art. “When” I am writing, time loses all meaning. “When” I am performing on stage, I lose all track of time. “When” I am acting, I feel like there’s no one else in the world but me. “When” I’m painting, I get lost in thought and my fantasies. This is your WHEN. Ask yourself this question and determine your “WHEN.”
What needs to happen in order for me to make time for my art?
This is WHERE you’ll fit this into your life. Time is NOT outside of us. Actually, it comes from within us. We are the ones in charge of our time. Therefore, once you create the heightened awareness that you WANT time to have fun with your art, all you need to do now is figure out where to schedule it in. Then, all you need to do is JUST DO IT! Make it a priority to work and play with your art. Express yourself authentically, and don’t let “resistance” stop you! Then, let the rest of us see it, because we WANT to!
The company is I HAVE TODAY. That’s all we have. Are you spending your day the way you want to? Is there something you’re doing each day that you can feel a sense of accomplishment and pride for at the end of the day. If not, it’s probably because you’re not making time in your day for the thing that feeds your soul the most…and that is your art. So, stop putting it off. The nag and pull won’t go away. Get to it!
LOVE IT!: I LOVE BEING AN ARTIST AND EXPRESSING MY TALENT!
THANK IT!: I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY ARTISTIC EXPRESSION!
BRING IT!: I MAKE IT A PRIORITY TO BE THE CREATOR I WAS BORN TO BE!
Quote: I couldn’t pick one, so here are three by Pablo Picasso:
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
“The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.”
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
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