“If you think of the universe as a vast electrical sea in which you are immersed and from which you are formed, opening to your creativity changes you from something bobbing in that sea to a more fully functioning, more conscious, more cooperative part of that ecosystem”
JULIA CAMERON, THE ARTISTS WAY
INSPIRATION, ACTION AND UNEARTHING YOUR DESIRES
If, in rest we go within to find the source of our creativity this is the moment we look outwards and let ourselves be swept away by its flow.
Spring should feel pleasurable, effortless and relaxed. It should flow freely without control or expectation. The greatest artists, innovators and thinkers often describe their work as being guided by something greater than themselves. And so, we must open up. We must step outside of ourselves and seek inspiration that takes us away from the familiar. We must indulge in the pleasures that set us on fire because they are the fuel that will drive us forward.
But pleasure and desire have been given a pretty bad name: a selfish indulgence that distracts us from the real work of being busy and productive. We are encouraged to rush ahead to creation and not to value the contemplation. There are so many spiritual schools that teach us our desires and pleasure should be stemmed in order to be “good”, virtuous and selfless in the service of others. But surely the most selfless act is to offer up is your greatest potential to the universe, fulfilling the purpose you were intended for. Ask yourself: are you feeding yourself to nourish your growth or are you starving yourself out of a misguided sense of guilt, lack or duty?
What stops us from enjoying stimulus?
It is the fear of waste.
Pleasure and desire have been given a pretty bad name: a selfish indulgence that distracts us from the real work of being busy and productive. We are encouraged to rush ahead to creation and not to value the contemplation.
Or we fear that our resources are limited and the risk of our invested time, money, energy and emotion coming to nothing is to high a risk.