My ideas are worth exploring
and my creative acts are sacred, worthwhile and valuable.
I answer the call to create
without feeling I am taking away from something or someone.
I know that I have something unique to say and create,
that is only mine to express, and so it is original.
I surrender my works of art being pretty, good or salable,
and let them be what they want to be.
I consider the “practice” of creativity equal to other practices
like prayer or meditation or exercise and I make time for it.
I share my creations only when I feel supported to do so,
not needing or seeking acknowledgement from others.
I release myself from the need to feel inspired before I begin,
trusting that everything I need to create will be provided.
I allow myself to release the critic and perfectionist with love and invite the muse to come to my side.
I accept the healing energy that comes from my creative acts,
as divine blessings from a source I call Creator.
I remind myself that it is OK to not know what I am doing, to trust the process and begin again as many times as I need.
I feel that creativity is a journey, and I honor that journey with my time, my resources and my heart.
I will be gentle with myself when I haven’t taken the time to create, and I will begin again.
I give myself permission to be messy, loud, irreverent at times,
and at others to be quiet, orderly, mindful and to feel blessed.
I feel worthy of the title, Artist, just because I create,
regardless of what I create, or what the outcome is.
I am free to think my own thoughts, to have my own visions
and at the same time gather nourishment from those around me.
I feel that my life is a great adventure always looking for my YES,
and that my own journey holds the makings of personal legend!
I believe in intentional creativity; that the love I put into my work goes out as a blessing toward my intention.
I am a creative being, not a creative doing, and sometimes being creative is allowing myself to do “nothing” but the act of dreaming.
I believe that every bone in my body is a creative bone,
that my life is a miracle in process and that I am a creative being.
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