Friday, June 29, 2007

Art is an Act of the Soul

“The ego has the power to keep us from making art, but it does not really have the power to make art itself. Art is an act of the soul.” Julia Cameron

My ego tells me not to write.

“You suck at writing. No one reads it anyway or if they do they don’t like it.”

But they keep coming back.

“Maybe. Who knows? You are like the one hit wonders of the 60’s and 70’s. You get a little piece here or there that someone likes, but you can’t really write. You have nothing original to say. Give it up. Fold up the blog. Post a few pictures (someone else’s pictures). Creativity? Give up that stuff. It doesn’t pay. It’s just a hobby anyway. You can write for fun but no one wants to read it. Others have said it all before and what’s so special about you?”

No. Wait. I am special. My art is a gift. A gift I give to myself. I can write for me. I love to write. I love the surprises. I find myself with words and peel away the layers as I write.

Lucy lives. Lucy inspires. Lucy creates. Art comes from the heart. My heart. My heart that is filled with joy. My cup overflows and I choose to give out of that abundance each day. Sometimes it is in the written word. Other days it is in relationship or subtle ways I cannot know.

I choose to give in words, deed and action. My lovely garden. A smile to a stranger. A random act of kindness. And, yes, Ms. Ego, I give with my writing.

It is an act of courage each day to turn down the ego and listen to the heart! Let's go for it!!!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

YES GO FOR IT!!!!!!! Love, Pamela!!!!!

Tess said...

Maybe Lucy can be having a nice cup of tea and a friendly chat with Ms Ego while you get on with the writing. And I really hope that you always keep up the writing.

Sunrise Sister said...

LET'S!!!

Sunrise Sister said...

.....and, furthermore, your posts bring me great joy, so selfishly, I would hate to see them disappear. Love,

Sunrise Sister said...

Growing into who we are
Thursday June 07th 2007, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Monastic Spirituality, writing

Lucy - I am quite sure you've read the post, I've referenced above, from NWC...but maybe you need a reminder about your work as a writer.

Love,

Geezer Dude said...

Hey! If you keep writing this stuff, I'll keep reading it. It is inspiring, interesting, and poetic. Yeah, poetic! Like in artistic.

Keep it up. Lucy and the other person can take turns writing to ease the burden. Hmm? Is the burden eased by writing or not writing? Hmm?

The Dude

lucy said...

hey all--
glad you're on my team!!