“Follow Your Bliss;” The Power of Creativity



“Follow your bliss.” When I was in my early 20’s a good friend, and somewhat of a father figure, used to remind me of this Joseph Campbell quote.  My friend is a painter and he and his wife have spent their lives passionately pursuing the art of painting.  At the time it seemed like a great idea, however reality seemed to be lurking around every corner.   At such a young age I didn’t understand how to marry passion and purpose with responsibility.  My creative passion was for spirituality, not religion per se, though I loved to study varied religious thought.   I was aware that spirituality was universal and completely inclusive and non-exclusionary.  I pursued my passion with varying fervor at different times of my life.  By my mid thirties I found that the road to hell just might be paved with good intentions, because I had spend a lot of time thinking about my passion and purpose and very little time pursuing it.  Again I felt being responsible was about ‘creating’ security: having a steady career, owning a home, walking the dog.  What I missed was that the urge to create is its own life force.  When you spend your life painting by number you never allow the true artist to emerge.  Painting by number is great if you want to keep things neat, tidy and looking right, but I soon realized that life would be far more enjoyable if I let myself paint with different colors outside of the lines.

Now as a spiritual minister and mentor,  I see very clearly within my life, the life of my clients and many others that we are creations who are made to create.  It does not matter who you are, where you are from, what religion you practice or do not practice, we are all unified in our need to self-express.  Self expression brings with it freedom unlike anything you could ever purchase with money.  It is its own power.  I have worked with many people who long to share who they are and what they have to give, because it is freeing to evolve, extend and share yourself through creation.  We think life is about getting what we want:  I want this job, I want this mate, I want to have children or have a book published.  It is really our desire to self-express and share what we are that drives us toward pursuit of possession or markers of arrival.  I used to think life was a series of arrivals as we linearly grow and develop; now I realize it is a culmination of blessed awarenesses as we continually evolve in all areas of life.  Our ever unfolding awareness led to new actions, this is what gives richness and purpose to our lives.   I believe, as many do, that we are all in essence one.  We are all extensions of an all encompassing energy that is known by many different names.  This Infinite Intelligence is expressing itself through each one of us now; as mothers, fathers, artists, accountants, farmers, business owners.  Ernest Holmes, a pioneer in New Thought, said, “The Infinite has no need other than the necessity to express  Itself.”  Ernest also said, “And so we say that the life that refuses to create stagnates and dies.” That is a little dramatic, however in my experience pretty accurate.   It is this spark within each of us which propels us to create through curiosity, passion and love.  Right now while writing this I feel at peace because I know it is mine to do, it is mine to share.  The thoughts I am communicating are not original however no one can communicate them as me, except me.  It is my particular interpretation of the Divine process that may flip the ‘spark’ switch in others.

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Holly Holmquist is a Day Minister, Spiritual Mentor and Speaker. Holly offers private mentoring sessions, classes and workshops. Feel free to contact Holly: holmquistholly@gmail.com website: holmquistholly.com


3 thoughts on ““Follow Your Bliss;” The Power of Creativity

  1. Thank you for creating this. I find myself sometimes saying “if I knew then what I know now…” I am so glad however that I am knowing it now. And articles like this remind me to step outside of the lines and see what’s in store.
    The more I open my eyes, the more I see. Imagine that.

  2. Dear Holly,
    I wholeheartedly agree with you here. “Painting by numbers doesn’t allow the true artist to emerge.” Well said! I never thought of it that way; what a poignant illustration. Right now I am trying to navigate my next steps in life, career, and love and while I have never thought of myself as a paint-by-number gal, reading your next line, that pursuing what we want in life is really an act of wanting to express ourselves, also resonates true for me. If you could sum up the three most important qualities one can focus on or center on as a practice while being an artist of her own life, what would you suggest? Mahalo and blessings.

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