I was listening to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity yesterday. Her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear will be out this September.
She quoted the poet, David Whyte: There is no way you can live a creative life until you tap into the arrogance of belonging.
I loved that. So, I looked him up. Read an interview of his, and found this:
“Without [the arrogance of belonging], you will never push yourself out of the suffocating insulation of personal safety, and into the frontiers of the beautiful and the unexpected.
The arrogance of belonging is not about egotism or self-absorption. In a strange way, it’s exactly the opposite; it’s a force that will actually take you OUT OF YOURSELF and allow you to engage more fully with the world. Because often what keeps you from living your most creative and adventurous and expressive life IS your self-absorption (your self-doubt, your self-disgust, your self-judgment, your crushing sense of self-protection).”
Turns out Elizabeth Gilbert had already covered this concept of entitlement/belonging in one of her posts:
Creative entitlement doesn’t mean behaving like a princess, or acting as though the world owes you anything whatsoever. No, creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and believing that — merely by being here, merely by existing — you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own.
All this entitlement reminded me of the quote I read the other day in Pam Grout’s E Cubed: There’s a certain delusional quality that all successful people have to have … you have to believe that something different can happen. -Will Smith
So whether by getting our heads out of our asses we are delusional or arrogant, I’d say it’s worth it.
Let us all find our authentic, creative legs to stand on. Roots deep in the ground and not to be blown about by criticism (our own or others). It is our divine innermost conversation that matters. The intercourse with creator and willing mind where works of art come to life.
I leave you with this: There’s a lot to chew on here. Let it marinate.
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!