This has been coming up a lot lately for me, and, many others. Especially with artists.
“My work isn’t as good as ____’s!” And, “OMG, she is such a fabulous artist, I’ll never be able to be as successful as HER!!”.
Well, I’m gonna tell you (AND, MYSELF!!) STOP!!!!!
We are all here to do, and be who we are. We are all here to fulfill our soul contract.
THAT, has taken me a long time to figure out. Because I always wanted to fit in and for people to understand AND, like me. Being an intuitive, visionary artist is somewhat out of the ordinary. My thought process around “those sort of people” used to be – “Please, just put them in a straight jacket and take them AWAY!”.
I have compared, and gone to that darkness – A LOT! Why can’t I get the same results as XYZ? I have painted for almost 14 years now, and I am still (occasionally) “shoulding” all over myself. I’m here to tell you that I am, more often than not, able to put a stop to those thoughts – after I examine them and know why they are coming up.
My style has changed. A LOT. Because I have changed. A LOT!!!!! And, this thought (along with messages from my guides – who are generally right!), occurred to me after a period of extreme darkness. What if this style, these messages are essential to the change in some collectors’ life? What if, by painting what I do, and bringing in the messages, I help someone else on this path? What if it is indeed that simple?
What if your job is to paint florals, that brighten someone’s world each morning when they make coffee? What if your job is to be the busser at Panera, and give everyone words of encouragement? What if your job is to clean someone’s house and make their life easier?
So what if people criticize your style, your messages, your job etc etc? It has more to do with them then it does you.
Just musing today….obviously, it is on my mind heavy, because of many conversations that I have shared with friends and family.
I have to be authentic and from integrity on my journey….That is becoming clearer to me daily. Do I feel crazy and like I belong in a straight jacket once in a while? Of course. But those days are fewer and further between. I have to paint what I am being guided to paint, along with the messages the come with the paintings.
What if people say “But, florals are selling”, followed by, “So I’m going to paint florals.”
My comment to those people is – I used to paint cows (still do occasionally), people would buy them saying (all the while shaking their heads), “I don’t know why I’m buying a cow…but, I have to have it.”
But, I know. It’s the soul factor. It’s the authenticity of the artist who is painting what they are being driven to paint.
So, I’m going to ask you….Who are you? Why are YOU here? What would you do if you were totally free to BE who you are? (Because, I’m gonna share a secret – you are.) What if what you did was who you are?
May we walk together as one.
You are speaking to my heart, Paula. I’ve come to realize that my authenticity and uniqueness live within
my Spirit. It is to that Spirit that I turn when I paint.
It’s my life’s creative challenge as I never know what will develop on the canvas. Your paintings speak to my
Spirit. I do believe that every brush stroke brings my
unique energy to the canvas. It’s a wonderful way to
awww…. I so needed that comment today… blessings to you sugar