(A post for The Next Chapter’s current book blogging of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women by Gail McMeekin)
Secret #4 of 12 Secrets starts off by saying, “Experienced creative women know that their creativity moves in cycles of birth, death, and rebirth” (pg 57). I know this as a creative person, and I understand it as a Pagan; my earth-centered spirituality honors the cycle of birth-death-rebirth with the changing seasons, the moon cycles, with life changes. I always try to honor the “turning of the wheel,” even if in small ways.
So far, I have never had a problem “surrendering” to these creative cycles; it comes naturally. If I’m not moved to create, I don’t create. If I am, I do. There are times when life gets in the way, and I have to postpone creating when I want to, but I find ways to come back to it. Of course, this is my experience doing art/craft as a hobby, as an outlet. I would like to find a way to do it as a career—and that might completely change my ability to go with the creative flow. I suppose that if my income is dependent upon my creative output, I might not be able to afford the luxury of not creating if I’m feeling dry.
My mom was able to make a nice bit of side money the past few years doing art. She’d paint a bunch of things and then sell them at a craft show. She sold some things on consignment as well, and eventually received many commissions. She got to the point of having to stop taking commissions, and skip a show here and there, to keep up with what she already had committed to creating. And there were days when she didn’t feel like painting, mostly because she knew there was painting to get done.
Within my spirituality, when I’m not working, it’s easy to observe, be aware, honor the changing seasons, moon, etc as I see fit. When I am working, it’s very easy to get out of touch. I might look up one night and say, “Oh! Full moon! Didn’t know it was time!” So I wonder, if I am able to make a living from creativity, will I find that it will similarly sometimes put me out of touch with my inner cycles? Or are my creative urges/cycles so much stronger? I don’t know, but it is something I never really thought about. I’ve always been easily inspired creatively, but I’ve never put any sort of demand on my output. I’ll find it interesting to see what comes of my creative endeavors in this regard, and I’m going to mark this chapter to come back to in the future.