Have you read Elizabeth Gilbert’s (of Eat, Love, Pray fame) Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear?

According to Gilbert, if you are alive you are a creative person –  and as a creative person you have no business not reading this book! Haha..I’ll confess that I just finished reading it this week.  I just had to share some quotes from it with you today.

Quotes From Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity is sacred

Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us. Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise—you can make anything. So please calm down now and get back to work, okay? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.

 

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Leaving Fear Behind

“Dearest Fear: Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I’m about to do anything interesting—and, may I say, you are superb at your job. So by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must. But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only”

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A creative mind needs to be occupied

Possessing a creative mind, after all, is something like having a border collie for a pet: It needs to work, or else it will cause you an outrageous amount of trouble. Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents (eating the couch, digging a hole through the living room floor, biting the mailman, etc.). It has taken me years to learn this, but it does seem to be the case that if I am not actively creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind).

 

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Prompts for September 23:

1. What if toys had feelings? Write a post and get creative!
2. Describe a dream or nightmare you’ve had
3. 7 favourite movies and why
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Image source : Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Page

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A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A blogging coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. Corinne writes at Everyday Gyaan, reviews fiction at CorinneRodrigues.com and encourages writers and bloggers at Write Tribe and offers offline coaching to writers and bloggers at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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  1. The first time I had heard of this book is through Marie Forleo interview video with Elizabeth Gilbert.. it was a very differently inspiring video.. She shared ideas that were so different from I had heard all my life from my mother and relatives and society in general.. She said we should embrace fear, not overcome it.. without our fears we are nothing..

    and she said about creativity and the concept of ‘shit sandwich’.. I could relate to it a lot…

  2. When I feel fear, I immediately know I’m resisting something. Do I always do it? Well, no…but I’m learning. And maybe one day I will! I quite enjoyed Big Magic, some of the things she says in there make a lot of sense!

  3. Fear, to me, has become an indication that I must pursue what it wants me to be afraid of. Do I always do it? No. But it is an accurate companion, and I always benefit if I do the activity anyway.