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Chasing After Creative Inspiration



Chasing after

creative inspiration

is far too much

like screaming at your cat

and expecting him

to come out from hiding

under your couch.

Better to walk off

to the kitchen

open a can

of their favorite wet food

and wait for them

to come to you.

Fellow creatives,

do you want

more inspiration?

Then center yourself,

let it come to you

and the moment it does

act upon it.

Scribble it down,

or record it

into your smart phone,

or draw it

upon a yellow pad.

Always have

near you person

a means of recording

the murmurs of the muses.

How?

How do we accept

their flashes of insight?

By “running” with the ball”

as best we can

eschewing perfectionism

and allowing for the flaws

that make us,

the unique conduits

of the collective unconscious

(or Dharmakaya

if you prefer Sanskrit)

that is always seeking

an avenue of expression;

the same way

that a driver,

caught in a traffic jam

could enthusiastically

check their Waze app

in search of a detour:

scenic and faster moving

than the parking lot

the highway has become.

The more we balance

the polar opposites

of centeredness and spontaneity

as well as passiveness and enthusiasm

the more apt we are

to receive ever increasing

flashes of inspiration

like a water tap

that has been

fully opened.


Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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