Some of the issues in this chapter are about poisonous playmates and crazymakers. We all know these people, and hopefully we know enough to stay away from them as much as possible. These people will drain you. They are not supportive, not helpful, not happy for your new-found creative self, and most likely will sabotage whatever progress you are making. Be very wary around these people! They will drain your new-found creative spirit away.
There is also the idea of skepticism. We are skeptical of the whole process, the idea that we can be artists, that there is a spiritual connection involved, etc etc. Can we move past that?
Our discussion group covered several topics that seemed to strike a nerve, or at least warrant extra thought and discussion. One notion was that we want to belong to our ‘tribe’ or ‘group’, but sometimes feel like we don’t really belong. We sometimes feel like those that are already IN the ‘group’ don’t want the rest of us to be IN as well. Or perhaps it is more that they don’t accept us as part of the group. There are cliques in these groups that are very much reminiscent of High School. We want to fit in with the cool kids, so we try to dress like them, talk like them, act like them, join their groups – but in the end we are still only ourselves. And that is OK! While we might care what others think, ultimately it is what we ourselves think that truly matters.
Another issue we discussed was the very common problem of people comparing themselves and their work to others. Of course it is natural to look at what we create and then look at what somebody else is creating and compare. But what often happens is we compare our own beginner works to those of somebody more experienced and professional. And that will just set you back big time! First of all, DON’T COMPARE! But if you must, at least compare your beginner work to somebody else’s beginner work. Doesn’t that make more sense? Second, it isn’t about others. It is about you and your creative journey. And it is ever so important to always keep that in mind. Whatever you do is just right for where you are at now.
We also discussed an issue with creativity and where it leads. For many people, it is just for fun and for personal fulfillment and enjoyment. We create because we want to and it feeds our soul. For other people, it is a bigger part of their lives. It is their livelihood. So that made us look at Fame vs. Fortune. How do we choose? Very often they do go hand in hand, but not always. And is the competitive nature of many creative businesses (and hobbies) worth it? Does that competition take something away from the creative process? Does it take the fun out of it? Questions to ponder.
Our group did our morning pages most days. There was a sense of rebellion about it, that it was ‘homework’ and maybe we don’t HAVE to do it, so we don’t. But mostly we did them, hoping to reach those breakthroughs and learn from the writing process. I felt I was a bit whiney in my pages, but that I would give myself a little pep talk if I started stressing or worrying about stuff. How about you? What did you find in your morning pages?
Did you go on your Artist Date this week? We all managed to get in at least one Artist Date and felt good about doing so.
What about the tasks? Did you do them? Did you like them? We all did some of them, but not all of them. We weren’t sure we liked some of the answers we got. Which is the point I think – to make you think and squirm just a bit.
We are working on Chapter 3 next. But we won’t be having a meeting until June 21st (scheduling conflicts), so we have 3 weeks to focus on this next chapter which is Recovering a Sense of Power.
This week may find you dealing with unaccustomed bursts of energy and sharp peaks of anger, joy, and grief. You are coming into your power as the illusory hold of your previously accepted limits is shaken. You will be asked to consciously experiment with spiritual open-mindedness.
Wow. That sounds pretty intense to me, so it is a good thing we have extra time to work through the chapter. I hope you are reading along and doing the work. Please leave any comments you might have here on the blog. Sharing our journey makes it easier. What did you learn this week? What experiences did you have? Did you recover your sense of self?