Last weekend I went to the Sugarloaf Arts and Crafts Festival here in Baltimore. What a magnificently delightful array of colors, textures, scents and creativity. I love craft shows because I am reminded of my own inner artist, and how much fun it is to be creative.
A woman I spoke to while waiting in line for the restroom said she loved to come to the shows, but they made her sad. When I asked why, she said it was because she'd always wanted to be an artist, but had no talent whatsoever. I asked "So what do you like to do?" "Cooking" she replied. "Then you are an artist" I exclaimed "It takes an artist to create a good meal!" At first she looked at me like I was crazy, unwilling to let go of the story of not being creative, then her eyes got bright and she gave me a big smile. "I'd never thought of it that way" she said, "but I think you're right. My sister is always telling me how talented I am in the kitchen." "Then you're a culinary artist" I said - and it was my turn to go.
I wonder how many of us do the same thing -- look at someone else's work and wish we could do something like they do - instead of focusing on our own gifts.
In Ernest Holmes classic writing, This Thing Called You, he states,
“You exist that Divine feeling, fire, imagination and creativity may be expressed through you. The Spirit comes to you with a new and fresh creativity. You need not ask what others have done or how they have done it. Be yourself and express life as you find it. Never imitate. Trust the self. Find the self in God and God in the self.”
SPIRITUAL MIND TREATMENT
There is that within me that is infinitely creative. It seeks expression through me with unconditional love. I know this is Truth. As I acknowledge It, I am allowing It to flow though me freely.
I open my mind and heart to do the things that are mine to do. The ones that give me great pleasure while I am doing them. The ones that make me forget myself and serve others. No matter what my unique gifts are, I no longer ignore them by longing after anothers. I am all I desire to be right now, and I have everything within me to fulfill those desires.
I am grateful to remember the feeling of knowing I am in my right place, doing the right thing, and grateful that I can. I am so blessed.
I release these words into the Law of Mind, knowing they are so, and so it is.