Books are like children . . .

by Naomi on May 9, 2010

in Writing

‘They come through us, but not from us’ – to paraphrase Kahlil Gibran from his jewel of a book, The Prophet.

This concept is echoed in Julia Cameron‘s brilliant handbook for creativity, The Artist’s Way. Her first ‘Rule of the Road’ is to “Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, to try.” The inspired list of rules is rounded out with the recommendation to place these words at your workplace: “Great Creator, I will take care of the quantity. You take care of the quality.”

We receive delayed broadcast here in SA, so have recently been blesssed with further manifestation of this truth, through the mediums of song and dance. Last night we watched Kevin Skinner sing on America’s Got Talent 2009. His humility, sincerity and mind-blowing gift moved us to tears. It was a moment we simply wished to capture for all time. Here it is on Youtube 🙂

A few nights ago too, we saw Russell Ferguson scoop the title of America’s Favorite Dancer on So you think you can Dance. Having followed the show intermittently over the previous weeks, he had my vote, for the heart and soul he never failed to express.

So many ways to tell a story and allow the light to shine through. So much inspiration flooding the world! In this spirit, here’s a potential paradigm-shifter quoted in The Artist’s Way:

“Why indeed must “God” be a noun? Why not a verb . . . the most active and dynamic of all?” – Mary Daly, Theologian

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