Just what is it that motivates us to continue to endeavor in what inspires us?
Why do we do it?
I often think about the creative process and the force that moves through us to inspire us. Each new painting I create begins with an uncomfortable awkward phase. I see the glimpse of an idea in my mind, and I know I want to pursue it. I am not quite sure what I am doing, or where I am going with the work, or what it is going to look like when I get there. There is a powerful motivation of …..of what?
The act of creating anything seems to begin with inspiration, faith, and a belief in an illusive mystery of a promise. I used to see a completed painting in my mind and I would not begin to paint until I had worked out all of the values, balance and message. I was in control. Suddenly this pattern ceased. I began to follow a different plan that included presence, giving up control, and listening to each step as it arrived. It felt like venturing into the unknown. I was distracted by the worry of wasting time. There was a lot grumbling and doubt. Why?
And then…when I would almost give up, …it would happen. That moment when the unknown becomes melodic, when all of the pieces and random steps coalesce. I would feel that spark of recognition ignite, that magic of ah hah, I see the light! And this is when you know, you just know as you sail to the completion on a wave of awe and delight, that you have completed a journey of mystery with only inspiration, belief, and faith. And it is a great feeling between you…and creation itself. It’s like the giddy joy of a child.
Maybe this is why we continue to endeavor in what it is that inspires us. With each project we continue to reaffirm our connection to the power and promise of the source of creation by our belief and faith, step by step. Co-creating with every new story, sewing project, recipe, playtime, dance, poem, photo or song.