Words of encouragement
Here is a conversation from our Circle of Light Facebook group that many of you have found useful and uplifiting, so I'm adding it here!
"Am I alone in feeling quite intimidated now, having seen so many wonderful posts and images shared from those who are already journeying along their paths? I have at least begun sorting through images (and combined this early task with some very essential de-cluttering - one less pile of magazines!) - but I don't know how to put aside all the lovely images I now have floating around in my head from this group, to try and find my own voice?"
Laly: "Dear Light Seeker, thank you SO much for posting about your doubts in this way because that is COURAGE: courage means stepping into the arena and owning your vulnerability. You haven't started, yet I'm already so proud of you! You are one brave soul and you are shining already! 🌟
The next thing I want to tell you is that I get those exact same doubts and feelings. All. The. Time. It's completely normal and it happens to all artists. In fact, being scared of making work that's too similar to someone else's, shows how deep your desire is to express you own authentic truth, to speak in your own unique voice. Your light has such a strong desire to shine through your art that the moment you let it out, it will amaze you!
But just like all artists, and all human beings for that matter, you have a right brain and a left brain: your love-connection-wholeness-based intuitive mind, and your fear-doubt-individuality-based analytical mind. The first one rejoices in the here and now, the second is projecting its fears into a future that doesn't even exist, because you haven't started yet... This is NORMAL, and both parts are useful in the creative process. But right now one is speaking a bit too loud, preventing you from starting, from having fun and opening up to the unexpected, to the potential of your unique creativity. So there is only one thing to do... go create something!
You could start by exploring the "Natural Palette" videos in the resources section and just playing with your supplies. Then maybe do the mini collage exercise from chapter 1 first, as it is designed precisely to put your left and right brain in sync. Then you'll realize you have started, you are creating!Also, write, write, write... And then on to the soulboard… I know many have posted beautiful images of these first projects in our group, but the point of these is not to create works of art. It's about the journey much more than the result (trust me, if it were, there would not be a horse on my soulboard!).
Also, switch off your computer for a while. Take the time. There is no way anyone in this class can fall behind, because the whole point is to slow down, to take the time to connect to your own inner light, to listen, to mindfully explore and pay attention to your own unique tastes and feelings... Just like everyone in this class, you are right where you're supposed to be, here and now. ✨ Trust yourself ✨
One last thing: it’s much more difficult to copy than to come up with your own stuff! People who really copy are able to do so because they are intentional about it. But if your intention is to create your own authentic art, then it would be really hard to end up with copycat work… That being said, for many people the learning process requires copying. That’s just an extra, reassuring step towards developing their own style, and that’s completely OK too, as long as they’re clear that it’s not « their art » but simply an exercise. The key is to just do WHAT FEELS BEST to you, what brings you the most joy!
We all have a patchwork of images in our heads from all the art we absorb. It reflects our tastes, what's aligned with who we are. It helps us define ourselves visually. But once you start creating, you eventually realize this is not where your art comes from. It's the context, not the source of your art. So no worries!"