“Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you're feeling massive Resistance, the good news is that it means there's tremendous love there too.” -Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
You have a very special gift. You are a creator. With that gift comes vision, sight, and your creative process. Creative process is unpredictable and arrives with many a villain to defeat. Some of these villains that we begin battle with are Fear, Doubt, Resistance, Ourselves, self-destructive habits, and most of all, complacency. Each of these villains will play a major role in our battle to bring forth our vision.
If you are a creative, you are most certainly a visionary.
My new favorite book, The War of Art, discusses in detail the monster that every artist knows about. Resistance. Have you stared in the face of this monster?
This monster will tell you anything and everything to get you to not create. To get you to sit down and be complacent. It will tell you that you are worthless, under studied, stupid, wasting time, etc. I once had resistance tell me that I don’t need to create art or write that day because I had a pimple on my cheek. It wasn’t even relevant to my creating, but it sent me down a spiral of self-care. I spent hours meditating in a bath, doing Reiki on myself, putting on a clay mask, and even asking my husband if the pimple on my cheek made me look homeless. All the time spent worrying and interested in this pimple rather than writing and creating art, which is what I wanted to do in the first place.
This is why it is essential for Artists to have a support system.
My husband, who is my top supporter, always looks at me in these times of resistance with an expression of questions. I call it this because it isn’t necessarily judgement for what I am doing. He doesn’t mind if I go down a spiral of self-care and he thinks it is rather funny when I sleep with crystals under my pillow or put the face mask on that I got as a gift for Christmas at Christmas dinner. I can be intense when I am fixated on something, but his expression of questions will leave me with a paused moment to reflect on what I am indulging. Maybe it isn’t the time for a face mask and a two-hour long bath. Maybe it is time to invest my energy and time into my vision and lifestyle.
Structured communities built to support creatives hold us accountable.
The more community I have built around myself and the more community you as an artist will build around yourself, the more likely you will be able to formulate a vision and a lifestyle.
The creative community I have purposely built around myself are:
Friends that support me no matter what. They don’t gossip about me. They always have my back. They believe in my creativity and they are always listening and excited to see what my process is like.
Other artists that can talk to me about their own gripes and issues. We can grow and learn from each other and also, it is amazing to talk shop with them!
My family that also inspire and support me as well. My husband is the one that forced me to get my art out into the public! My daughter paints with me. My parents are cheering in the background for each book I publish or art exhibit I complete. My brother is always offering his gifts to help my projects. We are a community on our own.
Internet community. The one true purpose of my Instagram is engagement and community. Sure, I share a lot of art on there (and rants) but most of all, I get to interact with artists globally and I get to support their endeavors too!
Whatever you are creating, build community around it. Trust in yourself and remember we are all connected. Keep trucking along creating that magic. We are cheering you on! Who is in your corner? Make a note of it. Let us know!
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