Book Review: The Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert/ Bloomsbury Publishing

This Year has been a massive year of personal growth for myself. I have really gone deep to heal from a lot of things that I have carried through my life, mostly none of them my fault but I have blamed, shamed and clung on to them for so long. Through all this processing and letting go of unnecessary burden and all that does not serve me I have found something magical happening. It has cleared the way to let new things through, things I have desired to do, achieve, pursue for so long. I have found a buzz of creative flurry stirring up in me and I responding by actually acting upon it. Madness I know!!!. I have been taking workshops and classes, meeting like minded individuals and pushing myself into a new zone, it’s been life changing.

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Now all this leads me to a podcast which lead me to this book. I had read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love like so many of you out there and I had really enjoyed it but this book is something else all together. I had come across The podcast Magic Lessons which I truly loved and would highly recommend to any podcasts enthusiast out there. This will also give you a real sense of what the book is about. I loved the lessons and real life people she would connect with in this series.

The Book Big Magic, creative living beyond fear is an open discussion about utilising your creativity, harnessing your creative energy, living a creative existence without being torn up by fear, negativity or doubt. With so much writing experience under her belt and so much success but also many “failures” to draw on Gilbert really takes you there. One thing I really connected with was feeling fear is nescessary and ultimately unavoidable but feel it and move forward don’t let it disable you or stop you from creating. We have to show up for our passions and creative pursuits andΒ not in the hope for fame and fortune but for the feeling of abundant success, love and joy within.

“Work with all your heart because – I promise – if you show up for your work day after day after day after day, you just might get lucky enough some random morning to burst right into bloom.”

I also love how Gilbert talks about aspects of having to make money off your creativity. That you need not put pressures on yourself or your art to support you financially. It made me realise that putting that kind of pressure is a sure fire way to lose your passion very quickly and also your creativity. We are creative beings of light and our art needs to come through us from an authentic place we are not meant to churn and burn through ideas and pump things out, we need to respect the process and let it flow when it is meant to. We don’t need external validation to make us a true artist but to live everyday pursuing your art and owning it how you want it, dream it is the goal. Find your teachers, practice and practice some more. Enjoy the journey!

” Because in the end, creativity is a gift to the creator, not just the audience.”

Gilbert breaks it down and really gives you the tools to give yourself permission to just get in there and be creative. Let your self be free and just get your hands dirty with it, have an affair with your art she advises. I love her inspiring notions on ideas choosing you and you them, about timing, the creative process and how this all intertwines in daily life. It is romantic and whimsical, yep it’s magic! When you are truly passionate about a craft it is not something you can choose to do it is something that has to be done. When we don’t fulfil these parts of ourselves we die, maybe not in a psychical sense but emotionally and spiritually we do, for me that is the same if not worse.

So if you are stuck in a rut or looking for some inspiration, wanting to be more creative or simply just wanting permission to bring to life an idea/s that has been on the back burner than treat yourself, indulge in this book because it may just be the kick start you need to living a more fulfilling and creative existence. Get some Big Magic in your life.

“Creativity is sacred, and it is not scared. What we make matter 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.”

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