“What we do as artists is a combination of experience & imagination. How that creeps into your work is not so linear.” ~ Diana Krall
Step 2: Living in the Present tense
One of the ways in which I have sabotaged myself is by lugging around old images and replaying old tapes that have undermined my progress and creativity. Now if I want to become more creative, I stop seeing myself as unimaginative or not creative. I stop affirming lack and talking about not having enough imagination. I stop complaining about not being perfect or having enough to write about and I will just write not worrying about the outcome. One of the “secrets” to becoming creative is to affirm the creativity I already possess. I now spend each day expressing my gratitude for all the creativity that I already have and counting my blessings. By affirming my present creativity, health, and opportunities, I am creating a mental state that will attract more. I now accept the cosmic law “We attract what we think about.” So I make a habit of acting, thinking, visualizing, and talking as the person I would like to become. So, from this day forward I will picture a mental movie screen and project images of creativity onto the screen. I realize what matters most is that I am teaching my subconscious mind what I truly want to have in my life. Trusting that everything is ok the way it is, no matter what, allowing oneself to surrender to the irrational, relinquishing the need to understand everything right away, is a huge luxury and gives us room to breathe and relax and let the healing begin,
The major part of living in the present tense is an innate trust in God, life and the process. Steven Pressfield calls this Resistance. Resistance is an impartial force of nature, like gravity and the laws of thermodynamics. Resistance is clever. It knows if it personalizes its manifestations, it can deceive us and slip past our defenses. It’s like the software that enables direct-mail marketers to send us letter and e-mails addressed, “Dear Susie.” It’s b.s. Resistance doesn’t know who we are and it doesn’t care.
So if we accept life, trust the process, embrace Resistance and dare to dream…Pressfield believes to “dream” I mean a creative vision of something original and worthy that you or I might do or produce—a movie, a painting, a new business, a charitable venture, an act of personal or political integrity and generosity. Being present is the portal that guides you to the life that you create using Resistance and adversity as the wings that give you the ability to dream and live and not merely survive or exist. What about you, do you have a dream? You are on the runway….lean into life and dance, fly or whatever suits your fancy…Peace Out! JBC 8-)
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