The Paradox of Passion – Stirring Your Creative Juices

By Richard West, Wake Up World

For the last week I’ve been high. Not from any artificial stimulant or even a wonderful experience. It’s simply from having the space to express my passions and finally seeing that expression manifest in the physical world – an expressing that will touch the world in a positive way.

Now, after a week the high is coming back down. Not that it will be replaced by a low as with so many artificial highs or even the after effects of wonderful experiences. This high has come about simply by letting the energy that is ‘me’ flow out into the world, from which I know there is an infinite source.

So where does true passion come from?

You Can’t Initiate True Passion by Imposing Will On It

For the past 2 years I’ve been writing a book. It’s been a dream of mine ever since I was first asked the question, ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’ — to which my answer was always ‘An author.’ Now, there are a number of ways you could look at this – firstly you could notice that 2 years is a heck of a long time to be working on one project, and I would agree with you. There have been times where it’s seemed like a marathon task that would never be completed. However, if you see that there is only ever this moment, then I can reflect to you that it was never a chore because it flowed when it needed to.

There were parts of it that I didn’t enjoy, for example the endless edits to eliminate errors and make sure the thing actually made sense. However, I only ever did this when I was feeling willful and motivated. The point that I’m trying to make is this: There is so much talk of passion and commitment that you’ll be forgiven for judging yourself when you don’t have it. But the truth is, trying to force these feelings only leads to the opposite feeling and thus, to procrastination.

Trust me I know.

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