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Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.
What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.
The voice of our original self is often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled, by the voices of other people’s expectations.
I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.
Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.
It takes constant vigilance not to slip into negativity or simple apathy. It takes courage to believe over any given period of time that we are getting better and not sliding into decline.
As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.
Creativity requires faith. Faith requires that we relinquish control.
If we lean into what we love instead of soldiering toward what we 'should,' our pace quickens, our energy rises, optimism sets in. What we love is nutritious for us.
What we focus on, we empower and enlarge. Good multiplies when focused upon. Negativity multiplies when focused upon. The choice is ours: Which do we want more of?
Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness.
Love is the substance of all life. Everything is connected in love, absolutely everything.
Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.
We tend to think being hard on ourselves will make us strong. But it is cherishing ourselves that gives us strength
Leap, and the net will appear.
Procrastination is not Laziness", I tell him. "It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.
Art is the imagination at play in the field of time. Let yourself play.
Creativity is always a leap of faith. You're faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.
You are either losing your mind -- or gaining your soul.
Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem.
The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.
"God does not give us more than we can handle," I am told but I wonder if God doesn't overestimate me just a little. Or perhaps, and this is likely, I underestimate God.
At it's essence, art is an alchemical process. Alchemy is a process of transformation.
In a sense, as we are creative beings, our lives become our work of art.
My will for you is not harsh or unpleasant. It is gentle and perfectly tailored to your unique needs. Do not fear my direction. I am your heart's happiest guide.
Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.
Expect the universe to support your dream. It will.
All change can be expansive in potential. The choice is ours.
In recovering from our creative blocks, it is necessary to go gently and slowly... These are baby steps. Progress, not perfection, is what we should be asking of ourselves.
If you work on your creativity, you deepen your spirituality. And if you work on your spirituality, you deepen your creativity.
The heart of creativity is an experience of the mystical union; the heart of the mystical union is an experience of creativity.
Anger is meant to be acted upon. It is not meant to be acted out.
Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.
In order to have a real relationship with our creativity, we must take the time and care to cultivate it.
When we stop playing God, God can play through us.
No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.
You will learn to enjoy the process... and to surrender your need to control the result. You will discover the joy of practising your creativity. The process, not the product, will become your focus.
Selecting a challenge and meeting it creates a sense of self-empowerment that becomes the ground for further successful challenges.
Once we are willing to accept that anything worth doing might even be worth doing badly, our options widen.
Our moods and insights are transitory. This current is a flow of grace moving us to our right livelihood, companions, destiny.
Do what intrigues you, explore what interests you; think mystery, not mastery.
We must attend to what our inner guidance is nudging us toward.
As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
Stop telling yourself that dreams don't matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible.
You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you. (67)
Our tears prepare the ground for our future growth.
Creativity flourishes when we have a sense of safety and self-acceptance.
Pray to catch the bus, then run as fast as you can.
What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.
All of us contain a divine, expressive spark, a creative candle intended to light our path and that of our fellows.