The creative process is such a mystery to me.
Many creatives have rituals or props or specific locations they use in order to practice their art. And I believe all of those things can be very beneficial. I may or may not use a few myself.
That being said, there is this spiritual component to creating that’s a little more elusive and a lot more necessary. Call it your Muse, divine inspiration or Being In The Flow, there’s an untouchable, uncontrollable “MYSTERY” that takes the ordinary and turns it into something special when it shows up. And when it’s not there? Well, anyone who’s ever experienced writer’s block knows exactly what I’m talking about.
Being in that mysterious space seems a lot like what being in Heaven would feel like, as I picture it. Time stops, the world disappears and everything vibrates with JOY. And, like Heaven, no one who gets there ever wants to leave!
I’ve been spending a LOT of time in that Heaven in the last couple of weeks. Even on those mornings when, at 2 a.m., I show up a little blurry eyed and unsure if anything worthwhile will make it’s way to the page, it does. On some days, the first few sentences of a new chapter are already running through my mind before the coffee is even finished brewing. Other days, I have to prime the pump a little bit before anything happens. I might journal awhile, read something inspirational, pray a bit, let the dog in and out a bazillion times, drink more coffee. And even then I might have just one word to go on when I sit down at the computer…a general “direction” to head.
But something magical begins happen when I sit down and, by faith, start typing just a few words. Before long, an hour (or two) is gone and another chapter is complete, including whatever extras I’m adding to each chapter.
Being a crafty chick, I’ve made a lot of things over the years, and I’ve written a lot of things for both professional and personal use. I know what it feels like to be inspired, and to love the finished product. But I have NEVER experienced anything like this before. It’s as if I’ve been living my entire life preparing for this very moment, and now the appointed time has come for it all to come together.
The world disappears.
Joy fills my soul.
And I am so very very grateful.
“Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it! That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now.” – Ecc. 5:18-20, The Message Translation