Trust the creative process

In 2005, I wrote a book titled The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity. Following a few years of exploring what creativity is, I decided to actually put it down in writing. Something I learned in the process, is that trusting the creative process is actually part of the creative process.

Shannon Skinner travels to Saiilon, Valais, switzerland on a pilgrimage to walk Farinet Path and visit Dalai Lama vineyard

Let me explain.

Fear and/or self-doubt inevitably pop-up during the process of creating…anything. Part of the creative process is to transcend fear and self-doubt. Unless you do, your creation won’t see the light of day. But it takes trust.

Learning to enjoy the creative process is part of the process. It takes trust.

No matter what you do, no matter what the end result is, there is much to learn as you go through the process and about the process itself. Trust is required.

If a project goes off the rails, such as a book deal falling through, a business failure, a painting doesn’t work out, what is important is what you learned and discovered through the process. It takes trust.

There are no mistakes, only lessons. If we only ever count on the end-result, we would miss most of life.

It takes trust.

Edison tried 9,000 experiments to perfect the light bulb. That’s 8,999 lessons before he got it right. That is a lot of trust.

* partial excerpt from my book The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity.

*photo of Stained Glass Path of Farinet in Valais, Switzerland, created by local Swiss artists. Read about the art and my adventure here.

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