© 2014 Allison Marie Conway at Glory Begin
Welcome, welcome you gorgeous angels, you incredibly gifted artists. I am Allison the creator of Glory Begin and your host for these podcasts. Thank you so much for being here today. I am super excited to get knee deep, maybe even shoulders deep, what the hell let’s go all in, let’s plunge in, to the topic of your creative sanctuary.
There is a vast open space within you that is so intriguing, so mesmerizing and so mysterious that it pulls at you all the time. Within every one one of us there is this warm, dark and joyous place where our inner most secrets and creative visions are gnawing to come out and play. You feel this right, sometimes?
That inner begging, that inner call to create something that has never before been seen or heard. Something special, something sacred that only you can bring forward.
And yet we often don’t give ourselves the space to get balanced because a big part of us resists it. It can often be easier to thrash about absorbing, researching, consuming, trying to keep up with the outside world, we don’t want to miss anything so we stay constantly engaged.
This is the perfect recipe for exhaustion, confusion and burn out.
The creative process requires that we get still and get quiet within ourselves so we can hear the voice, the muse, the angels.
So I just wanted to suggest today that we make time to pull away, retreat, remove ourselves from the mayhem to get centered and get clear about our purpose, and get balanced on the inside so that we are in control, we are mindful when we set out into the world. It can be tough to do, tougher than we like to admit to ourselves but we are up against the rush of our lives and of our culture, the go go go faster faster faster, more more more.
There is an inner resistance as well to creating art. Some invisible force that seems to be pushing us way from the thing we most want to explore. We want to be creative but then there’s the voice – right – the minute our little creative monster pops his head up we judge it – get real, I don’t have time or stop bothering me you won’t make me money or famous, and all of these things we tell ourselves about why we can’t begin. Why it’s not worth it to begin.
I would even suggest that our culture developed into such a chaotic noisy state because messing with outside noise is easier and flashier and more instantly gratifying than listening to our inner voice. The inner voice is richer, more satisfying, and a hell of a lot sexier than the noise but we have to choose to get close to it. It’s the tougher choice.
Beginning can be hard. Choosing everyday to begin our creative process by tuning in to that divine voice requires serious commitment. Most of all though we have to believe and trust that it’s in the silence that the words come. It’s in the stillness that the inspiration and visions come.
So it may sound radical – but I’m ok with that – I’ll suggest this idea: honor yourself. Honor your inner voice by giving yourself time, space, and freedom to be quiet. Give yourself the gift of mining your creative energy. Dare to go slow, allow yourself to simmer, alone. Slow is ok – slow is tender, precious, and mindful. Slow honors the eternity of your soul.
Go patiently, gently, deeply into the darkness, not the scary darkness, the creative sweet darkness, the envelope of silence, the rich velvety dark where moans and screams and singing can come forward and be released, un-judged, untouched, unencumbered. The dark is the mystery. Lean into the unknown a while.
Let yourself be amazed by what comes forward. It comes from beyond you. Open yourself to be a vessel, to be used by the Higher Power for something ethereal.
Into the wet dark sanctuary, the warm womb of the muse, the place inside that expands across vastness, knows no limit yet caresses you wholly in it’s winged love.
Make time, surrender to the art that wants to come forward. Honor the part of you that wants to explore your talent whatever it is. Create the space for it.
Sometimes the call to the sanctuary is subtle, because we hardly know it is there a midst the shrill of constant pressure to perform, interact, produce, get ahead. But constant giving becomes heavy, needy, pandering. It’s not sustainable.
If this message finds you when you are tired, you are needing, good. It’s meant for you. Undress from the nonsense, take off the stress of the world, lay it down. Immerse yourself in the creative work that is yours alone to bring.
I’d like to share with you passage from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, his powerful book about beating Resistance to creating meaningful work in the world. I like to say to people ‘if you could talk to angels . . . why wouldn’t you?’ and so this excerpt from the book and it’s focus on what wondrous things happen when we simply begin to do what matters to us is to me absolutely magical.
On page 122 is a passage taken from W.H. Murray’s The Scottish Himalayan Expedition and then Pressfield continues in his own words.
[Reading: The Magic of Making A Start]
These are Steven Pressfields words I hope you enjoyed hearing them, I hope they spark something in you.
I know there is resistance to creating something beautiful and meaningful. I promise you I go through the exact same invisible battle every time I want to try something new. But knowing that angels are ready to rush to my aid when I finally sit down to do the work is too beautiful to resist. Every one of us has a personal invitation from the Divine to co-create.
Each time we begin, we learn how to enter the sanctuary again.
Thank you for your energy and light, you guys, thank you so much.
Until next time, I wish you peace, always and always.
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