We need faith to survive. Do you know that? We need faith that the restlessness of struggle, the darkness of solitude, the deepness of anxiety will pass. To be sure, it will come back from time to time, but in this moment as it appears, it will pass. We think of this axiom “this too shall pass” and call upon our sense of faithfulness when we go through major moments of upheaval — grieving, loss, separation, betrayal — but we forget that as creatives, faith is the ingredient we need the most to do our work day in and day out. In other words, our creative spirit needs faith to survive.
Don’t misinterpret this. I’m not saying we should have blind faith. As much as I would love to be an Olympic figure skater (don’t tell my 8-year-old self this but…), it just ain’t gonna happen. I have limitations. I’m not willing to work hard for it. I also hate being cold. And blades flying around in the air scare me. I’m not predisposed for this sort of dream. Faith in that dream would be blind at best and reckless at worst.
Still, faith sustains what should exist.
We need faith to..
tell the truth.
allow others to see our vulnerability.
ask for help.
push past our comfort zone.
redefine our borders and let more goodness in.
start a company.
sell a company.
put our name on the list to audition.
ask for money.
give our money.
send the application.
dedicate time to our creativity.
dedicate time to our relationships.
dedicate time to our own self-actualization.
let go of shame.
see our flaws as opportunities.
change our habits.
Faith isn’t a blindness, no. It’s an active decision. A choice we make again and again. Having faith means we choose courage over fear. We step onto the path only as the path is appearing. We have faith that the right events will unfold. We have faith in our community to keep us afloat when we could easily drown. We have faith in ourselves that each moment we choose to be ruled by our light instead of being ruled by our darkness, is a moment we come closer to our great source of power.
There are a lot of things we must be as creatives (diligent, hard-working, resilient, hopeful, flexible, resourceful, and so much more), but when we attempt to set out on our life’s path, bursting with the energy and impulse to change the world in a magnificent way, our faith is our most valuable resource. We live and die by it. We create or destroy by it. And if we are aligned with our deepest desires, our faith is where our work begins.