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As creative people, we are continually challenged to learn new things, whether by necessity or by choice. There are times when learning is fun and easy, especially when the subject is something we've chosen. On the other hand, learning something we have to learn can be like pulling teeth. And for some of us, with much of our formal education well behind us, absorbing new information becomes harder.
But learning is a muscle that can be exercised and developed just like our physical muscles. There is some truth to the old adage, "Use it or lose it." The more you continue to use your mind and body, the easier learning will be for you. Having a spirit of adventure and a few tools and techniques to work with can make a world of difference.
Learning is something you can continue to do throughout your lifetime. While there are times you may be required to learn new skills, learning is also something you can choose to do to enrich your life. So don't be discouraged if the process moves slowly. Use the techniques available to you to make it easier, and enjoy the journey, rather than just reaching for the destination.
When you're blessed with a gift (and everyone is), whether it's artistic, intellectual or physical, it's very easy to let ego get in the way. Our gifts may make us feel better than others. Or our gift may overwhelm us; we may feel inadequate to do it justice.
Nowadays, when we think of channeling, we think of bringing through another consciousness. But, in a sense, we also channel our gifts. How often do you get ideas that seem to come from outside of yourself? We've all had the experience of creating something effortlessly. Many people feel that their talents are gifts from God. It's what we call "inspiration."
Each of us comes to this life with something unique to contribute. We can give that to our egos and insecurities, or we can acknowledge it for the honor -- and the responsibility -- that it is. It's like being caught between the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other.
When I got the idea for my book, Managing With A Heart, the little devil voice kept saying, "Nobody is going to want to hear this from you; you don't even have an MBA." At the same time, the angel voice was saying, "Just keep going. You got this idea for a reason. You're acting as a conduit, and you have no idea who it's going to impact." I chose to listen to the angel, and the book went on to wonderful success. Had I listened to the devil, I might have kept this material from someone who really needed to hear it, along with blocking my own success.
If you get an idea you can't get out of your head, go with it. Get out of your own way. Don't judge or block it. As they say, the lord works in mysterious ways, and your idea is something that is needed somewhere in the world, in some small or big way. We're led to believe that bigger is better, and anything short of a best-seller is a failure. But if your book reaches "only" a few thousand people, your painting is seen by a few hundred, or your poem is read by one special person, you've done your part. You can feel satisfaction in that.
If you're faced with a difficult or confusing task, or an overwhelming day, stop for a minute, close your eyes, and visualize yourself having completed the task(s) in question. Feel the feeling of satisfaction, and perhaps relief, at having successfully accomplished your goal. Now, go about your work. You'll be amazed at how much smoother your day goes.
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware of urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.
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