I'm fond of saying that there's no difference between creativity and life, that the precepts of one apply equally to the other, that the first rule of both is that there are no rules.
Yet I've discovered that once you commit to the highest possible path and purpose, there's a trinity of principles that's always at play:
2) Let Go
First, you trust the voice of your deepest heart, which is also the voice of your divinity, your god-self, your muse, your highest imperative. Next, you let go of all resistance, all clinging and all clutching (which doesn't mean you're not afraid). Finally, you leap into the void -- just like the Fool in the tarot.
Legendary sci-fi author Ray Bradbury says about writing that you must leap off cliffs and trust that you'll sprout wings on the way down.
Not only do I do my best to write that way, I do my best to live that way. It's scary, but ultimately satisfying. And even though it means living and writing without a net, those wings Bradbury talks about have never failed to appear.
Of course, I'm not always without resistance. "You want me to do what!?" I have been known to exclaim when presented with my next step.
That's what happened 11 months ago, when an inner voice interrupted my on-the-road reveries and urged me to refresh, revise and overhaul my modest Voice of the Muse eBook into an expanded and published form.
Yet once the initial shock dissipated (my novel, The MoonQuest, had been out barely a month at that point), I surrendered to the higher imperative.
I trusted, let go and leapt...and watched all the requisite resources begin to fall into place, often miraculously.
Now, not only have my wings sprouted, they're lifting me higher and higher and higher. The Voice of the Muse is selling well (and helping to sell The MoonQuest), and the book and its companion meditation CD have received great reviews and hyper-enthusiastic reader testimonials.
Trust. Let Go. Leap. It's a chapter in The Voice of the Muse. It's the only way I know how to live.
In writing as in life, it always works.
Read "13 Rules for Birthing Your Book" from The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write.
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Image of The Fool card from the Osho Zen Tarot, published by St. Martin's Press. Illustrated by Ma Deva Padma.