Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A new way to think about creativity - Elizabeth Gilbert

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 I don't know why the video didn't show up but you can follow this link to the video anyway.

"creative people have this reputation for being enormously mentally unstable"
I laughed at this statement, and later sunk into deep thoughts. true is that.
At least once in your lifetime, you will have this worry of being sucked off all your creative juices...
and turn into a dry piece of junk, eventually kicked out by all the "new blood" "upcoming creative minds".. you name it.

"The most extraordinary aspects of your being didn't came from you, maybe they were on loan to you, to be passed along when you're finished. with somebody else." - Elizabeth Gilber.

Elizabeth used this illustration of the people in the desserts of North Africa centuries ago. People used to gather for moonlight dances which are magnificent because all the dancers are professionals.
But somehow, once in a while, there will be an "extraordinary" one. In present terms, "God-like". So the crowd will go shouting " Allah, Allah!" meaning "God, God!". This is because they know that the magnificent extraordinary performance is not by human, it's a glimpse of God.

We, creative people of this present time, have experienced that in one or more stage of our creative journey. We achieved something better than great, there are applause, praises, celebrations...
but what's next?
Just like the moon dancer, falling back to the old self the very next morning, wondering if he/she could ever do that again?

What's next?
Sometimes we don't even know which part of our being has this power to create such success.

Simply because we didn't create them. It's a supernatural power.

In Genesis 1 says, God created the heaven and the earth.
He is the master of all creation. Creativity comes from Him alone.

We are but vessels, receiving gifts and talents from above, then deliver to the world.

It's never about us... no matter how gifted you are in the creative field.
Creative Production Ministry is never about matter how many past successes we've achieved.
I will continually remind myself, it's never ever about me.

It took me a long while, to give back the the Creator, the one who created me.
But I thank God I did.
Maybe you should do the same too :)

1 comment:

Chelle said...

True! Glory Be Unto God!
Oh ya, about the Mustard Seed Dance Ministry.. I never heard about it but will search for it later. Hehehe~ Just saw it this morning tru FB in my mobile. Cant see the attachment atm. I've heard of CDFM, Urban Groove and Korean's OMD mission dance.. *thumbs up* Mayb u can explore into their world too. hehe~

Together we strive for Him!