This story started with a story. It might sound unusual but many good stories appear to be that way. Creative artists have often said they sense something come through them to create. It has been referred to as being in ‘flow’, or some have even compared it to a feeling of a visitor that arrives fast and unpronounced, demanding immediate action of ink to paper to capture it before it’s gone. What if creativity is conscious and, like a trusted friend or mentor, it gives us energy, gently imprinting us with ideas and the necessary inspiration to act upon them. The ideas are all around and accessible to all, like the air we breathe, and whoever welcomes it in will express it in their own unique way.
I’ve had the honour and privilege of such an experience on many occasions but it was a particular evening in 2005 that changed my life. The words flowed out with simplicity and energy. I was not thinking or doing anything but allowing it to express. I was energized and worked all night without feeling tired.
Little Star has a Big Dream. The idea: a children’s book that would inspire imagination and ignite intuitive passion and the expression of creativity. It was a story about possibilities, if we have the courage to believe in them. But the story was never published or even shared with anyone other than a few close friends. It wasn’t so much the story itself, but what the story inspired.
Months later I worked, fueled by inspiration, to make connections in the community. The idea: to help youth discover their passion or source for creative expression, trust their intuition, and be empowered to contribute to others while doing what they loved. I told person after person what I was trying to do, asking if they wanted to be involved or if they knew who else I could talk to that could help.
Months passed. The idea evolved, as everything does. The name of the project moved from Joining Generations to become Fusion Symposiums and moved from being a community project to become a community event. I had never been a part of coordinating an event like this and despite fear or nervousness, we kept going forward.
A date was set. Creative artists and community leaders were invited. Youth groups were going to arrive on buses. My uncle was going to come from Vancouver to talk to the youth about creative contribution and quantum ideas. It was all so positive. There were times I noticed that it was hard for me to imagine the end result and things did not seem to flow but I wanted to stay focused on the positive. After much planning and investing of money, time, heart and soul into the preparation, the date of the event arrived. And it was a crushing disappointment. The result was not what I had wanted and it didn’t meet my expectations. If there was a rock, I wanted to hide under it. That was my perception at the time.
Three years later I was re-telling the story about what had happened at that event. The conversation was about insight and stories, and my uncle was talking specifically about how stories create possibilities. I recalled how I wanted Fusion to inspire young people to pursue their passion, contribute to others, and prosper from doing so. I then felt the memory of the disappointment and realized how much I didn’t like telling that story.
Then my uncle asked, “So did Fusion have the result you wanted?” It was a simple question but it had a powerful and unexpected result. I was speechless. Then I laughed as the insight sparked within me. Yes, it did have the result I wanted. Not in the way I envisioned but it did in other ways. One of the entrepreneurs got his company up and running because of it. Others grew their new businesses from the networking and connections that were made. Youth were inspired. And hearing the stories told at the Fusion Symposium and what others had accomplished throughout their lives gave fuel to my imagination.
Suddenly I felt the story create a new possibility. It felt like I could tell the story without the feeling of disappointment attached to it. It occurred that the story had created new possibilities for others as well. For all those months, talking to all those people, and telling the story of what I was up to, the more I heard people come back with stories about how they had pursued a passion or even made a major life change, like switching jobs to go into a field they were always interested in.
When re-telling the stories of these people who were following their dreams, something seemed to ignite imagination in others as they became excited to pursue their own passions. What has happened to them now, I don’t know – anything is possible.
So although this story started with a story, it’s not that unusual at all because stories create stories. Stories create possibilities. Stories excite potential.
Pursuing possibilities excites confidence, not only in your potential but also in the idea of pursuing possibilities. Pursuing our passion excites creative contribution. And creative contribution excites imagination and greater possibilities.
Clarity of imagination is creative power that contributes to flow. The more clarity we have, the better things flow.
Remembering back to that inability to visualize the outcome, I can recall the subtle feeling of tension I experienced when something was not flowing coming from trying to force something. I am learning to let go when I identify this sensation.
There is no point in forcing something. There is more power in the ability to hold a clear image of possibilities with enthusiasm and gratitude and let it unfold however it will. And sometimes there is just no way to hold back the river.
Being resistant and fearful of change doesn’t stop change. Whether we realize it or not, we contribute to creating change. Creative energy flows through all of us. If we choose, we can be open to it and to all the possibilities for freedom, peace, joy, and unconditional love. This is how our creative energy contributes to us and how we contribute to each other. We end up being changed by it and growing from it and our stories evolve from it.
Imagining an outcome of what we believe is possible can create hope or despair depending on our point of view. When I felt resistant to change I felt sadness for what I perceived to be a lack of possibility. When I was open to create, I felt inspired by how I saw life expand into possibility. What I learned was that our point of view changes our experience of life.