Big Magic Book Review

Let me just tell you Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fearby Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my favorite books that I have read in a long time.

While it is written towards creatives (artists, painters, writers), I think it is the perfect book for the business savvy, too. I mean really isn’t business about creativity? Finding new and innovative ways to share with a customer takes a pretty imaginative mind, right?!

Picking out a few things to talk about in this book is like going into Target and only leaving with a couple of things! It is packed full of awesome! I will provide some highlights here, but seriously, seriously, BUY the book.  See, I checked it out from the library and about halfway through, I knew this was a book that needed to be accessible to me at any time. So, I ordered it and am now patiently waiting for it to come.

I need access to this gold mine all the time, any time. In fact, it is definitely going to be explored in future blogs.

Feeling stuck? Read this book.

Experienced artist? Beginning Artist? Read this book.

Fearful? Naïve? Anguished? Read this book.

One of my favorite parts is near the beginning.  It talks about inspiration. Gilbert shows you that inspiration is all around you. It is essentially whispering in your ear asking you to work with it. You have a choice: Yes or No.  If you say yes, you must commit because this creative inspiration is not just going to sit around waiting for you. If you will not make it a reality, it will just move on and whisper in someone else’s ear.  You have a relationship with your inspiration. It is trusting you to bring it to light and you must trust it to follow where it leads you.

I know she says it so much better than I wrote it, so here is what Gilbert writes:

“I believe our planet is inhabited not only by animals and plants and bacteria and viruses, but also by ideas…They are completely separate from us, but capable of interacting with us-albeit strangely… Ideas are driven by the single impulse: to be manifest[ed]… Ideas spend eternity swirling around us, searching for available and willing human partners… (all ideas… -artistic, scientific, industrial, commercial, ethical, religious, political.)…  When an idea thinks it has found somebody who might bring it into the world… It will try to get your attention. Mostly, you will not notice. This is likely because you are so consumed by your own dramas, anxieties, distractions, insecurities, and duties that you are not receptive to inspiration… But sometimes there comes a day when you’re open and relaxed enough to actually receive something. The ideas, sensing your openness, will start to do its work on you… And then, in a quiet moment, it will ask, “Do you want to work with me?””

I mean how refreshing is it to believe you are working with an idea who wants to be shared rather than just shoving ideas at people or wrestling with the idea itself. Instead, it says “Let’s work together.”

There is another part in which she speaks about the “arrogance of belonging” which is not “self-absorption but a divine force that takes you out of yourself and allows you to engage more fully with life. Because often what keeps you from creative living is self-absorption (your self-doubt, self-disgust,self-judgement, your crushing sense of self-protection). The arrogance of belonging pulls you out of the depths of self-hatred not by saying “I am the greatest!” but merely by saying “I am here!””

After those tidbits, don’tcha just want to know more?

I’m in love with this book and its stories of ideas jumping from one person to another, the elk calling, and the red lobster.

Not only is the book easy to read and digest, it is entertaining.  For the creative, this book could take away weight that is on your shoulders to be the next genius, innovator, inventor, and all around best in your field.

You must simply do. You must simply be curious. You must follow the clues to where inspiration is leading you.

I’d love to tell you everything in the book, but instead, do yourself a favor and read it. You won’t be sorry. Have it delivered right to your door>>> Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear



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