As artists, we tend to hide our face away from the term ‘brilliance’. Not interested in discovering ways toward success, but rather interested in exploring self-actualization through creativity. The term ‘brilliance’ is just shy away from arrogant and the art world nearly uses it to create competition between artists.
Who has the most original idea? Who is sell-able? What have they said that the artists before them have not?
It is as if creatives are on the battlefield to see who gets the trophy for originality and the keys to the castle. The castle being doing what we love for a full-time job. The castle being the gates of heaven and everything else is hell in a hand basket. Everything else is self-doubt. If an artist isn’t getting paid for their art, then why create at all?
Artists will take the leap into the art world with hope and faith that their artworks will easily be recognized for its brilliance, but find that after a few rejections, they are questioning their own creativity and whether they are an artist at all.
I find this perception deplorable.
Your brilliance is what you do exceptionally well. When you create and practice the things that you do exceptionally well, you shine and feel a great sense of fulfillment. The riches of expressing your talents, gifts, and abilities are limitless. What the art world says about your brilliance is hogwash. Take back your own brilliance and don’t engage in any other vibes until you yourself have recognized yourself for your shine.
The keys to the castle are in fact shiny, rainbow colored, and silky to the touch. They open the gates of heaven within your own life. It does not matter if you are using your creativity to make money. What matters is that you are practicing it.
When I practice creativity, there is still a battlefield. The conflict is between my ego and my brilliance. Who I am on the inside vs. What I practice on the outside. If they do not align, then I cannot give myself a trophy for originality because I am not practicing my own truths.
Owning Brilliance is never negotiating who you are for something else.
Each of us as artists know that we are exceptional and if we don’t, we can practice creativity until we identify the brilliance that we own. Explore the vibrations that make you feel good. Start the projects that you dream about.
Does it make you feel free? That is your brilliance at work.
Once we have identified the things that we enjoy, we need to create an environment for us to practice and express this brilliance. If you are sitting at your desk all day thinking about drawing, now is the time to take a lunch break and maybe draw for 5 minutes.
You are not stifled and under valued unless you, yourself, are stifling and undervaluing yourself.
Put your brilliance to work and own it. You will be surprised at the magic that comes out of the path you will head down and most of all, you will disengage from the competitive world and you will also disengage from the self-doubt.
You are an artist. Therefore, you are brilliant. Now get to work.
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