“Don’t be afraid, don’t be daunted, just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it. If your job is to dance, then dance! If the divine cock-eyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed for just one moment through your efforts, then olay! and if not, then do your dance anyway, and olay to you nonetheless!”
“Norman Mahler said in his final interview, “Every one of my books has killed me a little more,” – an extraordinary statement to make about your life’s work. But we don’t even blink when we hear someone say this because we’ve heard this kind of stuff for so long and somehow we have completely internalized and accepted collectively this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked and that artistry in the end, will always, ultimately, lead to anguish..and are you comfortable with that?”
“The assumption is dangerous.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, author.
Her proposition is that we need to, as a creative body, get back to the ancient understanding that genius is something we ‘have’ by way of a daemon, vs. something we ‘are’. That the pressure to ‘be’ A genius, virulently strips away the life, humanity and essence of the creative process. The maddening, irrational, sometimes paranormal creative process.
That creativity ‘comes upon us’.. our art is in collecting the art as it passes us by.
Releasing the Genie from within us, to the external… so that in our work process we interact/converse between ourselves and the external, not-quite-self other thing.
“..and there it is, a glimpse of God…”
“..if you never happened to believe in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of our being came from you, but maybe you just believed that they were on loan to you, from some unimaginable source, for some exquisite portion of your life, to passed along..”