Liz found PERMISSION so important to Creative Living she devoted an entire section of her book to it.

Permission is an interesting thing - because we are used to it coming from other people. We are so used to asking our parents, our teachers, even our lovers for permission for what we desire...we have not as easily cultivated the knowing that we can actually give it to ourselves.

I remember when Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection came out and there was a big old section on permission slips. I began taking on this practice in auditions and felt myself within seconds handling myself and my creativity with a lighter touch.

I give myself permission to mess this audition up
I give myself permission to play and have fun
I give myself permission to enjoy being an artist today
I give myself permission to not be liked or chosen and be okay with that I give myself permission to not see this audition as the be all and end all I gave myself permission to do my best, and let it rest

oh and my personal fav....

I give myself permission to go in and pee on the floor...

But figuratively.
I give myself permission do do what I want with this moment and my time. (Thank you to the awesome Clyde Baldo for that one!)

Liz begins her section in BIG MAGIC on permission with a very powerful yet simple statement:

You do not need anybody’s permission to live a creative life.

You don’t. Only your own.

Everything else is just people pleasing and self doubt.
And NO ARTIST in history will tell you that they are free of these traits. They just give themselves permission to create anyway.

Liz says if you go back through history you will find that ALL HUMANS are innately creative. I have always talked about this in C.R.E.A.T.E. That we are born from a creative spark. We cannot be separate from that by which we were created.

Dr. Joe Dispenza says according to Quantum Physics everything is 99.99999 percent ENERGY. Energy created us. That energy that created us (which he called Invisible Intelligence) IS us.

“Human beings have been creative beings for a really long time. The earliest evidence of recognizable human art is forty thousand years old. The earliest evidence of human agriculture, by contrast, is only ten thousand years old. Somewhere in our collective evolutionary story we decided it was way more important to make attractive, superfluous items than it was to learn how to regularly feed ourselves.”

Creativity is OLDER and BIGGER than you.
It is like trying to hold a bottle of water up in the air and attempting to hold it up while letting go and fighting gravity to not pull it to the floor.

It is OUR NATURAL STATE to create.
The only thing that stops the creative flow is our lack of permission for it to have its way with us. It is not criminal. It will not work against you, it exists to work for and with you.

“Your creativity is way older than you are, and way older than any of us. Your very body and your very being are perfectly designed to live in collaboration with inspiration, and inspiration is still trying to find you — the same way it haunted down your ancestors.”

So this week, whether for auditions or for a project or for life itself, where can you offer your creativity some permission? You can write actually permission slips, or even journal about where you find excuses not to give yourself your birth right of permission.

It’s best not to fight it anymore. It’s bigger than you.


Jen Rudolph