It was all about returning to the Joy of creating without worrying about the outcome. I went into my meditation room, where the cats were asleep on the cushions. I put my gremlins outside the door and found a sketchbook and my pastels. The instructions for the task were to make an ugly picture using colours with colours I did not like.in fifteen minutes I settled comfortably in a my chair and I started.
all about letting your 4-year-old out, and 4-year-olds are much more interested in theexperience of creating than in what they make.
I looked up at the clock thinking the time must be up but barely five minutes had passed. One of the gremlins had sneaked in. Out he went - yes my gremlins are all male. I stayed put and continued making shapes with the pastels I like the feel of using them and the way different pressures made differing shades. I used the ends, the sides. I drew in circles, blocks and points.Time was up the floor was littered with pages from the sketch book and I felt relaxed and happy. My hands were covered in the dust of the colours I had used. I left smudges on the table room but Hey!.
I meet the gremlins at the door one said:
Oh dear not very good!another said:
You aren't going to put the picture on the web are you? Tut TutThey all chorused
No bin it, it is rubbish. Don't show yourself up!But I pushed past them and took my camera and took pictures of my ugly pictures and I posted it on the web and it is OK.The task was about the experience of creating the outcome did not matter but in fact I feel good about the outcome.
think sand castles, which will be washed away at the next high tide. Let yourself get your hands dirty (literally and/or metaphorically) and simply enjoy the work itself.
The pictures are on my desk and I will find a way to return to the joy of creativity again and again.
Wish you Reiki blessing
and Joy in Creativity