Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Creative Genius

It's been almost 3 months since I made my last blog post. I feel badly about that from the perspective of considering myself a "writer" and yet I haven't been writing. What kind of a writer is that?

From a different perspective, however, these past 3 months have been consumed with healing - - from surgery for the removal of a malignant lump followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation treatments. To compound my situation, my sister has been dealing with a critical health challenge - - and that has the family in turmoil, which in turn impacts me.

Truth be told, I haven't felt the energy to do much more than the most basic necessities of life - - and even that has been an effort. I have done a lot of sleeping and curiously enough began to knit voraciously. It didn't dawn on me until just recently that knitting is commonly used as a means of comfort, relaxation and contemplative meditation.

I received an email today from my friend and former shamanic counselor, Michele Lessirard. It was her most recent New Moon Journal http://newmoonjournal.blogs.com/the_new_moon_journal/2009/02/pisces-new-moon.html

As this is the Pisces New Moon and one of the things that Pisces represents is our Connection to the Muse, Michele provided a link to a presentation by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-selling Eat, Pray, Love entitled Humans and the Creative Mystery - - A Different Way to Think About Creative Genius.

One of the things she talks about is the radical idea that instead of considering those rare individuals who "were" geniuses, perhaps it would be more accurate to consider each and every one of us as "having" genius. And maybe that Genius, which we all possess, is really nothing more than the Divine seed that lies within us all.

Do yourself a favor and listen to her talk - - It inspired me to write my first blog post in 3 months!!!

3 comments:

Debra said...

I have been thinking about genius writers throughout history. Reading the brilliant words they write and wishing I could follow suit. I have to know that if that genius is in one of us, it is in all of us. I choose to connect to that genius in me and perhaps I will soar to heights unknown. I am counting on it.

Catherine Behan said...

Great Article Susan! I am a big Elizabeth Gilbert fan. After reading Eat, Pray, Love I was in Italy with Larry within months!

I agree...genius is ours, of course it is, in the heart of our Inner Being.

I am glad you are back knitting and writing!!

Love,
Catherine

Mark David Gerson said...

Check out the Blog Award I gave you...
You'll find the info on this blog award at http://thevoiceofyourmuse.com/2009/03/voice-of-your-muse-receives-premio.html