Lesson 12 – CONCLUSION: HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU
In this final lesson, you will take an inventory of your creative life. During this course, have you had flashes of insight? Are you more in touch with your interests? And are you listening to your fantasies and expressing them creatively? As Joseph Campbell advised, “follow you bliss” by tapping the creative energy that lives within you and enables you to do whatever you wish to do.
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD
Look back to the first exercise you did in this book: “Where would you like to be six months from now?” Read over what you wrote, and now write in your journal about how far you’ve come in realizing your goals.
Now do the exercise again: “Where would you like to be six months from now?” This will help you to maintain yourself in a creative state of mind so that life continues to unfold its riches and wonders.
If you found that your progress occurred all at once in a flash of insight, that’s wonderful. But more than likely, your progress evolved through a series of realizations that occurred over time. It’s like doing aerobic exercise: you may note immediate gains but the long-lasting effects do not appear until later. In the same way, real awareness is not usually instant upheaval. It can be gradual and evolutionary. Awareness puts you in control to make decisions that affect your life. That’s what creativity is about. It’s about having the confidence to be vulnerable to living in the open. Living in the absolute shuts off channels of energy. You limit yourself to what’s safe, what’s known, what’s predictable or what you think is predictable. With self- awareness your life keeps changing. And as you keep tapping your awareness, you open up channels that are sometimes forbidden in society, but from which creativity flourishes.