Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Inspiration

Where does inspiration come from? I believe that God is the source for all inspiration. Whether that is to build a scryscraper or just pick a flower. We are all a channel and God's light flows through us. One of my favorite books is Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. August is the month where she talks about creating. She says " We do not create in a vacuum. Art is a Divine Collaboration, a sacred covenant between the artist and the Great Creator." If we remember that we don't create alone than the flow of creativity can never be stopped. But what do you do on those days when it just doesn't seem possible to pick up the brush, or warp the loom or to carry on with your Creativity. You just show up. And work. And don't think too much about it. " She writes " How do you prepare yourself to enter an extraordinary state on an ordinary morning? By showing up. Day in, day out. By not judging how it's going. It it's going at all, that's enough. you can't afford to think about how the work will be received. Our job, then, is just to do it. It can't be published, produced, performed, or purchased if it doesn't exist."

So on this cold dreary morning, after weeks of beautiful weather, I'd rather just crawl back into bed. But I'm just going to show up. I am going to finish the two paintings I started yesterday. And then I'm going to work on a new rug. God is always with us, especially when we are creating. So I won't be alone on this cold morning.

2 comments:

Yellow Lux said...

What a lovely post. I encounter this in my day job - I'm an ad copywriter. Having to come up with ideas or snappy headlines on a schedule can be hard, and it's taught me a lot about creativity. Like exactly what you've said - sometimes, you don't have a choice, you just show up, start working, and hope that you can receive all the creativity that flows through the universe.

And I don't know where you are, but here in Michigan today, it's sunny and supposed to top 70 degrees! I want my sweater-weather back.

MWestDesigns said...

I'm in Nebraska and it was windy and snowing this morning. And my studio is heated by a wood stove, so It's cold for a while till I really get the fire going. But it's always worth it. Sometimes I need lots of motivation. So I'll trade you your 70 degree weather :)