Elizabeth Gilbert: A new way to think about creativity

Elizabeth Gilbert introduces a perspective to deal with the fear of failure of ones ‘creativity and genius’. She presents forth the idea that you  should not consider yourself to be a genius , rather you should think of it as – whenever you  achieve something exemplary/extraordinary/outrageous,  a genius(someone distant or someone unknown)  manifests in you at that point of time.  So, while you are merely performing your regular  duty the genius in you at that time catapults  your performance to astonishing levels making it exemplary, superb and extraordinary.

In summary, just keep doing what you love – with dedication and devotion without any fear of failure. Leave success and failure for ‘that distant unknown Genius’  to worry about.

The same theme has already been immortalised by Kabir Sahib and is inscribed in Guru Granth Sahib.

                    “Kabeer Maera mujh maein kich nahi

        jo kich hai so tera”

(Kabeer nothing is mine within myself

Whatever there is, is Yours, O Lord! )

Over to you now Ms Elizabeth Gilbert…..