Creativity is a series of small acts of faith performed one after another without any knowledge whatsoever of where they will lead. To draw a picture, we pick up a pencil and start moving it across the paper, allowing it to go where it wants to go. To paint a picture, we may start with a photo then attempt to duplicate it on the canvas with paint and brush.
To create a LoveLight (a hidden message mandala), I may begin with a person in mind. Or a name, or a word. I then go to my stash of fabrics to select a color that reflects the personality or preference of that person. Next, I create a stencil of the word using the techniques that have been perfected over the years. Now I have found my comfort zone.
Before I go any further, I stop to bless my materials. I thank the MUSE for the gift of intuition. Getting out of the way of the energy of creativity is my greatest challenge. I offer my hands in service to the art that is being born. As the momentum builds, I take a leap of faith that the outcome will be pleasing to all concerned.
Playing soothing music in the background helps me to lose myself in the work of my hands. The magic of the MUSE begins to flow. Quietly, I whisper a prayer as I struggle to keep the criticizing Ego at the door. There is no place for judgments now as I must allow the piece to take form and the mandala to appear.
When I peel back the layers of the stencil used, I am always surprised by the art that reveals itself. Now my intuition begins its work as I audition threads, stitching designs, and embellishments to bring this piece to completion. It truly is a labor of love. Time stands still. My body relaxes into the space of creativity. I long to play with the MUSE undisturbed for as long as it takes the LoveLight to emerge. Hours feel like moments as the time passes.
Before long, I am in awe while holding a new LoveLight in my hands. It is the manifestation of an idea that floated in my mind. It has become tangible. I am grateful that the MUSE has worked her MAGIC again.
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