Lessons from Liz Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

We had big hopes for Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” novel… having been followers of her Eat, Pray, Love journey from the beginning, it felt that not only were we privy to the intimate parts of her life, but that she was a fellow soul searcher whose wisdom opened up a world within ourselves. Her mantras were something we could subscribe to, and her rebellious nature of unsubscribing to society’s expectations of her and her life made her someone we deeply admired. So when we picked up her most recent novel, we were once again looking to be inspired not only by Liz’s lessons, but by an awakening within ourselves. She was able to trigger this in us before, could she do it again?

Be Brave. Without bravery you will never know the world as richly as it longs to be known. Without bravery, your life will remain small – far smaller than you probably wanted your life to be. Elizabeth Gilbert

This little book filled with big magic is reminiscent of Mark Manson’s motto to give less fucks. A reminder that we all give way too many fucks and because of this, we get lost. We get stumped. We get paralyzed. We stop exploring. We stop trying. We stop creating.

The magic is not in the product, it’s in the process. It’s in the liberation of caring about what anyone thinks about your creation, your purpose, your light. It’s about shining – not for any other reason other than to shine. To dwell in the illumination of your own inner genius, and to create anything causes you to shine brighter, bolder, more brilliantly.

If I am not actively creating something, then chances are I am probably actively destroying something – myself, a relationship, or my own piece of mind. Elizabeth Gilbert

Liz’s words slapped our egos as she believes they should only be our servants and never our masters… we are souls, not mere egos, and souls crave to create magic. When we are led by our souls and not our egos, we are free to be, to create, to live without consideration for third party validation, without fear for failure, without need for controlling the unknown. It takes courage to create, it takes courage to put forth embodiment of who you are into the world, and it takes courage to trust and embrace your own inner genius. This novel emphasizes that it’s far more important to be authentic than it is to worry about being original – when we are true to ourselves our work will always, can always, only be original.

Do you have the courage to bring forth this work? The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say YES.Elizabeth Gilbert

It’s far easier to hide in the shadows rather than to stand in the light, to be illuminated with your flaws and all, showing up in the world confidently and vulnerably. To share our magic with the world, we need to give a lot less fucks about who sees our creations (whatever they may be). We need to give a lot less fucks about who validates our creations. We need to create simply to create. We need to continue creating so that we are never destroying. We need to continue creating so that we can be reminded that perfection does NOT exist, nor should it be sought. We need to continue creating so that we continue conversing with the universe and the complex world both around us and within us.

What is creative living? Any life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than be fear. Elizabeth Gilbert

This novel is a MUST read for anyone standing on the edge of curiosity and fear, struggling with balancing risk and security, and staring at the creative treasures within themselves, willing to be brave enough to bring them to life.

As Liz would say, be brave. Exploring your curiosity and creativity is a life worth fighting for.


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