Creativity is Sacred, and it is Not Sacred

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.
What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.
We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.
We are terrified, and we are brave.
Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.
Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.
Make space for all these paradoxes to be equally true inside your soul, and I promise–you can make anything.
So please calm down now and get back to work, okay?
The treasures that are hidden inside you are hoping you will say yes.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic


To Sit Patiently

“To sit patiently with a yearning that has not yet been fulfilled, and
to trust that, that fulfillment will come, is quite possibly one of
the most powerful ‘magic skills’ that human beings are capable of. It
has been noted by almost every ancient wisdom tradition.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

Petition the Universe

“Where did you get the idea you aren’t allowed to petition the universe with prayer? You are part of this universe, Liz. You’re a constituent – you have every entitlement to participate in the actions of the universe, and to let your feelings be known. So put your opinion out there. Make your case. Believe me – it will at least be taken into consideration.”

Elizabeth Gilbert’s friend Iva in Eat, Pray, Love

Do Your Dance

“Don’t be afraid. Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed for just one moment through your efforts then Ole. And if not, do your dance anyhow and Ole to you nonetheless. I believe this and I feel like we must teach it. Ole to you nonetheless just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”

Elizabeth Gilbert, speaking on creative genius,