Creativity requires letting go

“To be fully free to create, we must first find the courage and willingness to let go:

  • Let go of the strategies that have worked for us in the past…
  • Let go of our biases, the foundation of our illusions…
  • Let go of our grievances, the root source of our victimhood…
  • Let go of our so-often-denied fear of being found unlovable.

You will find that it is not a one-shot deal, this letting go. You must do it again and again and again. It’s kind of like breathing. You can’t breathe just once. Try it: Breathe just once. You’ll pass out.

If you stop letting go, your creative spirit will pass out.

Now when I say let go, I do not mean reject. Because when you let go of something, it will still be there for you when you need it. But because you have stopped clinging, you will have freed yourself up to tap into other possibilities — possibilities that can help you deal with this world of accelerating change.”

-Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball

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