Creative Processes – talking about Resistance
Unfortunately most of us don’t recognize our resistance. Instead we sit safely in denial, in our illusion, pretending that the art class or the lessons in stage makeup are just something else that we are filling up our lives with. I know this because I spent 40 odd years of my life pretending I wasn’t an artist. I know all the distractions, excuses and rocky stones on this path of Resistance. They are old well-loved friends, hard to leave behind. Here’s a list of a few of the things that will stop you from doing your true work in the world.
- I’ll do it later – when I have time
- When the kids are going to school – I’ll have time then
- It would be selfish of me to spend that money when my partner needs a new widget for his car
- I’ll just do (x) before I look into it
- Who am I kidding – me, a film director, dancer, artist ………. fill in the blank
- I’m too old now
- Everyone else has a head start – they will always be better than me
- It’s just a pipe dream
This True Work – It’s what I call SOUL WORK.
This has nothing to do with religion. It has everything to do with developing the deepest core of your self, which is why we are all so afraid of it.
Now Resistance and Self worth kind of over lap, because often resistance occurs owing to our lack of self-worth. How does this manifest?
Well unfortunately, often owing to religious beliefs, we have been taught that we are worthless. We have been conditioned to decry our gifts, to exalt our unworthiness and so give away our power. This is why creative people are often found on the fringes of society.
Sadly we often, must disown our tribes, be they familial, political or religious, in order to move forward, free from the strictures that want to contain our creative spirits. Creativity threatens the tribe because by its very nature it is perceived as anarchy. It brings with it change and horror of horrors GROWTH!! And Growth ALWAYS challenges the status quo and threatens those in power.
You see, creative spirits need to be free. They cannot create within the bound confines of strangling political and religious systems. It is the work of creatives to push at the boundaries of human understanding. Which of course why so many of them are not recognized as a genius until after they are dead. Society takes a while to catch up and because it does, and for all the reasons stated above, creatives and free thinkers are considered revolutionaries ( which of course they are) and are often persecuted.
Therefore we have resistance. We want to hide. We don’t want to be different. The call of the tribe is strong. We don’t want to take up the responsibility because it means admitting who we really are and then doing something about it. Sometimes hiding from ourselves seems a lot safer.
This Week’s Question: Can you list at least 5 forms of resistance you are currently using to avoid your creative calling?
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Posted By: Kadira Jennings