Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert - Book review

I don’t believe I live a very creative life, I am not trying to write novels or paint masterpieces while living a tormented creative life, guided only by an unsustainable passion, but somehow this book caught my eye out of curiosity, curiosity to find the Big Magic and to see how others capture ideas and put them into action.

Elizabeth Gilbert, on the other hand, does lead a very creative life through her writing, and I found this book shared inspiration and empowerment to help you follow a fully creative life as well.

Here are some of my takeaways from Big Magic and what it means to live a creative life which brings you happiness and fulfillment.

Courage

You need to have courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you, to be able to live a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear. 

However, I don’t believe that, on its own, a creative life offers a bigger and happier life, as Gilbert mentioned. A creative life plays an important role, but it’s down to you to bring the courage to be happy with the decisions you make throughout life, and not let fear stop you.

Gilbert goes on to say: Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make interesting things while you’re still here. We simply do not have time anymore to think small.

Enchantment

I love the way Gilbert shares her thoughts on how an idea is created as a force of enchantment not entirely human in its origins.

Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.

An idea will come to you, it will try and get your attention, which most of the time, you’ll be unaware of, you’ll miss it, the idea will then move on and find a new host to create with. 

But sometimes the idea will stay with you and will send universal physical and emotional signals of inspiration which you can then work with and build upon. You and the idea will become partners, this is the Big Magic. Once completed, you’ll look back and won’t know where it came from, you can’t explain it, but it felt as if you were being guided.

But you can’t sit around waiting for ideas and genius moments, you need to believe they will come at the right time, perhaps when you least expect them. I like to tie this into the law of attraction, and working towards attracting the right lifestyle and future you wish to lead.

Gratitud always.

Permission

Gilbert goes on to share a whole chapter on Permission and that you don’t need anybody’s permission to live a creative life, or any type of life. It’s your right to reach out and do what you want to do, push yourself into the beautiful and unexpected.
You need to remove your insecurities and fears and shake yourself free of all your cumbersome ideas about what you require to be able to actually do the work and receive the results.

Persistence

  • Everything is good at the start, you’ll be full of enthusiasm, it’ll be fun, but everything sucks at some point, you just have to decide what level of suckage you are willing to deal with. 
  • Keep doing the day job until you know you can let go fully.
  • Be unique and do what you want to do, why? Just because!
  • Present yourself as somebody worth spending time with, dress the part, act the part, become the person you want to be.
  • No one is thinking about you and what you’re doing.
  • Getting something out there is better than waiting for it to be perfect or never finished at all.

Trust

To find what you are curious about, ask yourself: Is there anything you are interested in right now? Anything? Even just a tiny bit? 

Don’t quit just when things start to become interesting, which is often as soon as things aren’t easy anymore. You’ll miss the good part, the wild part.

The outcome doesn’t matter

The universe will grant you the outcome you need, or the outcome you attract. You may feel there is no point in investing in something if the outcome is nothing, but what about the fun and joy of the process of creating something in the time you are here on this earth. 

Conclusion

It took me a while to get into this book, to fully understand how Gilbert wanted to portray ideas and the depth and impact of a creative life. She shared many stories from her life and people who have impacted her creative path.

I found it interesting to see how I can adapt and live a more creative life when removing fear and finding the courage to put creative content out into the world.

For example this blog, Remote Rachel, I mainly set up this blog to refer back to books I’ve read and enjoyed and memories to look back on in the future. After reading Big Magic, it has helped me realize that I shouldn’t hold back on the content I choose to put out into the world, even if it’s only for me, as long as I enjoy it and have fun while creating, then I should put my fears to one side and take a leap into the unknown.

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