On Monday I shared a Martha Graham quote with friends in a mastermind group, as it felt appropriate for all of us. On Tuesday my coaching clients’ reluctance to trust what they’re being called to express reminded me of the rich wisdom within the late Martha Graham’s words. They’ve inspired me repeatedly in the past few years (so much so that I quoted her in my book).
In this time of transition from one year to the next, it behooves all of us to be reminded to trust our intuition and not to wait for permission, perfection, or expertise before unleashing what’s yearning to be expressed within each of us:
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this creative expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost.
The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.” —Martha Graham (emphasis added)
I love how Graham said “the world will not have it.” Feel the power and the stomping of the feet of the world in that statement. We must keep expressing, no matter how imperfect that expression may be. We have no idea who will be touched, changed, and served by what we’re called to share.
Your inner critic and doubter can serve a vital purpose to slow you down in order to wait for the synchronicities or the support, but it should never block you from beginning to express your creativity.
Be assured that anyone who steps in to judge and criticize your creative expression is either: a) throwing up their own inner demons that have blocked them from expressing themselves; b) acting as a mirror for you to come to terms with the harsh judge within; or c) providing guidance (perhaps a bit clumsily, but with loving intent) to simply evolve your creative expression into something that will be even better. It’s up to you to discern which it is, glean from that criticism what you need to, and continue expressing yourself.
What have you been yearning to creatively express? Keep in mind that ‘creatively’ doesn’t mean artistically. It can be a form of artistic expression, but your creative expression might be to fully step into being the leader, manager, or entrepreneur you know yourself capable of being.
How will you give yourself more space to create, express, and evolve in 2012?
Will you do what it takes to keep your creative channels open? The world needs you – - fully expressing and sharing your gifts. Just say “YES!” to whatever your inspired to create and watch how you begin to thrive and to inspire others. Aha!
Join me for my Winter Solstice One-Day Retreat in Driftwood, Texas on Thursday, December 22nd to reclaim your light and re-open your creative channels! www.inspiredleap.com/retreats
Or, join me in January for a Visioning 2012 Webinar or Half-Day Workshop:
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