Most of what I love about Elizabeth Gilbert’s book BIG MAGIC is that it is all an observation on how our relationship with creativity can bring us the most peace and joy.

If only we looked at all our relationships this way.

We can.
We are creators.
We are creative.
Creative living is about knowing that it is always up to US what perspective we take on. Regardless of our outer reality.

Quantum physics tells us, “the observer changes what is being observed.”

Twelve people could look at the exact same painting and see totally different paintings. That is the miracle of art.

The miracle of creating something is that WE create what WE think it is, and someone else sees what THEY think it is.

Art is a ever moving target.

It is constantly changing based on who is participating in it. All of life is this way.

Whatever we choose to focus on, we will see.

Liz suggests that this is the path of releasing creative suffering. Choosing to SEE the process as a “trickster” not a “martyr”.

Here is how she describes it:

“Martyr energy is dark, solemn, macho, hierarchical, fundamentalist, austere, unforgiving and profoundly rigid. Trickster energy is light, sly, transgender, transgressive, animist, seditious, primal and endlessly shapeshifting.

Martyr says, I will sacrifice everything to fight this unwindable war, even if it means being crushed to death under a wheel of torment.

Trickster says, okay! You enjoy that! As for me, I’ll be over here in this corner running a successful little black market operation on the side of your unwindable war.

Martyr says, Life is pain! Trickster says, Life is interesting!

Martyr says, The system is rigged against all that is good and sacred!

Trickster says, There is no system, everything is good and nothing is sacred!

Martyr says, Nobody will ever understand me!

Trickster says, Pick a card, any card!

Martyr says, The world can never be solved!

Trickster says, Perhaps not...but it can be gamed!!!

Martyr says, Through my torment, the truth shall be revealed!

Trickster says, I didn't come here to suffer, pal.

Martyr always ends up dead in a heap of broken glory while Trickster trots off to enjoy another day.


The process can actually be FUN, EASY and JOYFUL.

Somehow I think that we tell ourselves that if the art didn't cause us to suffer it isn’t as good, or worth as much.

Is that how you feel about life?
Of course not!

Have you ever been swept off of your feet by a magical kiss?
Have you ever watched a sunset that made you want to weep?
Have you ever heard a child laugh and knew the world was profound?
Are these moments any less than the suffering you have felt?
Did they change you less?

So choose.

Choose the path of “the trickster.”
Or as I like to say...Follow the muse.

She LOVES you.
She is playful and fun and exotic and full of crazy ideas.
She will jump out of airplanes with you and sign you to sleep and dance all night. She is who you came here to be.
If you embrace her...you can become her.

The trick IS the treat...


Jen Rudolph