Today I am 51 years old. After changing the channel from Lifetime because I saw the movie already, I decided to watch Super Soul Sunday on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).
Her guest was author Steven Pressfield (The War of Art) and he discussed unlocking your creative genius. This episode aired in 2013 but when it comes to great and useful information, it never gets old.
Pressfield mentioned so many great chunks and tidbits on tapping into your creativity that I couldn't keep up. The crux of it all is fear or resistance.
He mentioned that each time you venture out to do a thing, there is a negative force to resist you. In the Christian religion, that force is known as the enemy or the devil. There is a biblical scripture that says "The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy" (John 10:10).
Being Jewish, Pressfield quoted phrases that I cannot pronounce but the meaning and idea is the same. What gave me an Oprah "A-ha" moment is what Pressfield said next. He said when pursuing a task it hurts more "not" to do it than to do it.
Something so simple and so obvious added a little fuel to my love for writing. As a writer, I'm all too familiar with writer's block. Worse than that, negativity creeps in my mind telling me that no one is interested in what I have to say.
Enough of that can really be depressing, thus not wanting or feeling like writing. Now I can ask myself "What did "not" writing benefit me?" It only made it easier "not" to write, which is crazy since I consider writing very therapeutic.
Another thing Pressfield discussed was sabotage. Sometimes we can talk ourselves out of being creative but most of the time it's from someone we love or closest to us. I've been a victim of sabotage having people being negative toward me most of my life.
The difference now is that I'm older and can say affirmative things to shake it off. However, there is that little girl in me who needs to be healed from my mom who never picked up my report card at school, or currently not show interest in what I do.
We all have that one person we want to impress. We can have thousands of people cheering us on but if we don't have a positive response from that one person, we wonder what is wrong with us. This of course is a resistance toward creativity and we must find motivational ways to stop it.
I'm truly hoping that the age of 51 is good to me. I spent most of my age of 50 in the hospital due to a lupus flare. Now, I'm on the road to recovery with physical therapy three days per week to regain my muscular strength.
Thanks to watching this episode, I'm motivated more than ever to regain my creative strength. Great birthday gift to myself.
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