What is the root and centre of what you do?
Every artist, every creative, every musician has surrendered to the flow of creativity within themselves. Every comedian and performer knows that it is in the surrendering to this flow that allows you to share it with those around you. We all know those kinds of gigs or exhibitions where the room seems electric and everything seems to just flow beautifully. Many artists like to promote a “message” or an ideal, a thought or an experience and recently I have been looking at what I'm doing. What am I promoting? What is at the centre of what I do? In order to answer that question I have to ask “What is it that I want people to take from my work?”.
After wrestling with that idea for a while I soon started to digest the idea that other peoples interpretation of what I do is none of my business. In the same way that someone else's opinion of me is none of my business. Not only is it none of my business but if I focus on what I want to give others instead of what they want to take I might inadvertently stunt their creative experience. What I have learned about surrendering to the flow is that IT is going to take you wherever IT wants to go. Although I am fascinated by the momentum of inspiration I truly believe it to have it's own agenda. That people get what they need at the time whether you intend it or not. Inspiration is bigger than it's components.
I guess with a tour around the corner I have been asking myself about the kind of journey I want to have within it. And I am making peace with the idea that it's not entirely up to me. While I believe it is true that you get back what you give out I also believe that creativity has a plan or itself and all I can do is surrender to it.