Being a Vessel: Lessons from "The Artist's Way"
I owe much of my writing and other creative endeavors to the teachings of a book called The Artist's Way. The book is a guide to creativity by the now-famed Julia Cameron, and her teachings encourage us to exercise our creativity through letting go of the idea that it's a means to an end by simply letting it be what it is. To the perfectionist, this is a tall order. Luckily for me, I own several of her creativity-inspiring books, including her daily reader, which I randomly opened to the page for March 30th last night and read this: How many blogs have I "conceptualized", I thought to myself, that either fell onto deaf ears or no ears at all because I couldn't produce the content to fill it with? I was so busy coming up with the perfect format that I failed to actually write the material that would give that format life.
Were it not for the onslaught of readers and friends (okay, perhaps not onslaught, but let a girl have her fun here) who urged me to pick up my pen again, perhaps I never would have for fear that the ink would reveal a different side (or perhaps several different sides) of me than my audience was used to.
Then, I realized, it is having mulitple sides that gives any of us our dimension in the first place. Should any of those dimensions not be given a voice, they will fall flatly, making the whole less than what it could be. In order to write again, I would have to let go of my belief that the words were about me and start letting words that were bigger than myself come through me, or else not write at all.
I find that it cannot look always look perfect, and likely will not... but if we let it come through us, it will look like what it actually is, which is usually far better.