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Do What You Love. Your life depends on it.

Creativity can be partially defined as the results of someone doing what they love. Anyone doing something they absolutely love to do will typically do that task much more creatively and efficiently than someone drudging through it out of necessity.

Creativity blurs the lines between work and play. When you are "working" at something you love, you may work "25" hours a day and though physically tired, you feel you haven't worked at all. It is absolute pleasure. There is an energy, (adrenaline? passion? dopamine?) that carries you outside the natural limits of your own stamina. There is an unconscious, (eternal) sense that you are doing what you were created to do, therefore any idle moment outside the realm of the creative work can feel secondary, draining or even depressing. (This is not to say that experiences outside of the creative realm do not give life or contribute to the inspiration of the work, but those events which seem to pull the artist out of the creative "zone" are most challenging until you find a way to discover wonder in the most trivial and mundane encounters. When this discovery is made, our lives become integrated and holistic. We see the glory of the Lord present in everything.)

Creativity reveals a commitment to the work itself that is not ultimately concerned with the results. In other words, you create because of the sheer joy of creation, not because of the praise or the reward the finished work may bring. You create because you don't know how to do otherwise. You don't sit down to create and think "What will bring the most money or fame or praise?" Certainly, we all hear various voices pulling us one way or the other. "What would they think of this?" "What would grab these people's attention?" However, the purest form of creative expression is that which comes as an effortless, natural outflow of the artist's passion and untethered inclination.

In short, lovers will always outwork workers. Do what you love. Your life depends on it.

Intuition and Intention

Often when we are involved in the creative process our decisions are based off of either intuition or intention.

Intuition is the internal sense of knowing that isn't necessarily based off of calculated reasoning. Intuition is good for the creative process because it reaches past the known into things unseen & un-experienced. It transcends the boundaries of our present tense. Intuition reaches into hidden, unexplored dimensions and reveals a spontaneous creativity. It brings this unexpected, un-experienced element into a tangible sphere.

Left to itself, a totally intuitive based creative act can lack definition and form. This is one place where intention is necessary to take the creative act to a "higher level".

Intention takes our intuitive creations to a more acute level of communication. It shapes the creation into a concrete expression more readily grasped by those engaging the art.

There was a time when I was afraid to touch a song or poem after the initial spark of inspiration that came to me. I thought that would be putting human fingerprints on an otherwise God given creation.

To be fair, there are creations that come in a moment of inspiration and are best left in the state they first came to us in. I have several songs and poems that I've barely touched and they do carry a particular beauty about them because of that. However, more times than not, when left without further refinement, the song or poem never reaches its fullest potential.

I think, in the end, I am learning that the practical and the "mystical", the intuitive and the intended are designed to work together to create something beyond their individual contribution.