Imagine your life like a painting. You’ve been given a canvas on which to create your vision, an abundance of resources to paint with, some starting points for ideas – and you can do whatever you want with it all. How’s the painting of your life shaping up?
It appears to me that we have more opportunity for this deep level of creativity now than I’ve ever experienced before. It’s getting noticeably easier – as if there’s a thinning of the veils around us that have kept us unaware of just how creative we really are.
Beneath the surface noise that’s keeping most people well distracted, we have a chance to become more masterful in the creativity of our own life – painting our own vision into reality step by step.
If you look at your current life, you can see what’s been painted so far. You may or may not like what you see – and that’s all right either way. The point is that you can change it. If it’s too dark, bring in some lighter tones. If it’s not looking the way you want it, get clear on how you’d like it and it will start to shift almost before you notice.
The strangest part is that you may already have what you think you’re still looking for. Someone said to me the other day, “I just want to be able to be me. I don’t want to have to do something ambitious.” The funny thing is that different people have recently commented on him, saying how much they appreciate him being present. It’s not because of what he does or says, but because of who he is. He already has what he thinks he’s looking for. Sadly he can’t quite see the connection yet.
The challenging part of this is when there are dark undertones, which make the painting different from what you want. This is the unconscious and subconscious material that bleeds through to the surface, apparently ruining your beautiful vision. It’s usually called self-sabotage.
Love is the antidote to self-sabotage, especially love that includes you (self-love). The more you allow yourself to experience love the lighter the undertones become and the more light there is in your painting. This doesn’t make it all white – it simply allows all the tones and shades to show up in their full range of colour. It makes the painting of your life richer and brighter.
The greatest freedom lies in the present moment. It’s now that you can continue with the same painting or make a single mark that will shift its direction forever. It’s now that you get to decide what to paint into existence in the future – leaving some room for life to surprise and delight you along the way.