When I was very young, my imagination ran wild. When I shared my strange creations with the adults, they would smile, clap their hands and remark what a remarkably clever child I was. The appreciation thrilled me and inspired me to keep it up.
Then school began and things changed. None of my teachers considered it particularly brilliant to create simply because I could. Everything, including the objects I made during craft classes, had to fulfill some purpose. Soon I learned to accept this as correct thinking. I didn’t even notice that with the acceptance came a void within me.
It wasn’t until many years later, when I began to walk my magickal path, that I discovered the void. I had just finished preparing a spell for a client. Everything was ready and I was just waiting for the proper hour to cast it, when the client called me to let me know that she no longer wished me to cast the spell.
At first, I felt a little put out. Much work had gone into the preparations, to say nothing of the time and expense of gathering all of the necessary ingredients.
Then my inner witch giggled at me and asked, “Did you enjoy creating the environment and the objects for the spell?”
A grin broke across my face as the question rolled across my mind and the great wave of an ‘a ha’ moment swamped me. It was like being a kid again. The thrill of creating simply to create was upon me. The words of my inner witch freed me from the bondage of practicality.
Today most of my creations have purposes but there are still days I use my goddess given freedom to create just because I can. Now, I encourage any who listen to do the same.
Creation is a wonderful expression of the power the goddess gave us. To believe otherwise is to miss a huge part of who you are.
When the inspiration strikes, go create and don’t cheapen the experience by thinking your creation must be practical or even useful (and especially not perfect – perfectionism kills creativity).
Just create because it’s awesome and you can
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