Thursday, 19 May 2011

When It's Ripe It's Ready!

So you have an idea of something you would like to try out, creatively speaking and you feel the bubbling arise for a potential project and you sit and feel stuck.

Maybe it's an idea you have been wanting to try your hand at for some time, but you have never done anything like it before.  Maybe you simply don't know where to begin.

While I love that Julia Cameron (The Artists Way, Vein of Gold, Walking In This World) encourages us to write or create when we're feeling great, crabby, sad: basically to create from wherever we are emotionally, sometimes an idea is just a bubble of energy and we need a period of gestation where the idea becomes fully formed and birthed inside of us.

As I sit contemplating something, I have to acknowledge and admit an idea, much like change in life, cannot be forced into the open until it's ready. Inspiration comes from a ripe fruit and an idea may need a little while longer on the tree gathering shape, changing colour, growing, until it's time for us to taste it.

The temptation is to force through the fear and plough forward in an attempt to ripen our idea too early. Inspiration comes from a safe place, a place where we relax, forget about the idea, and let nature take its course.

Life is much like ideas and creative expression. We can only do what we are able to do at any given time.  We can investigate and research and discover in the meantime if this feels right. We cannot coerce, force, pry open, make grow anything before it's time is here.

All we can do is relax into the flow of life, and as always, allow life to unfold naturally.


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