Wednesday, October 29, 2008
SharedBliss: Interview with Erica Aubin of bluJaYstudio
Listening to: A favorite of Erica's that I think you'll also love, love, love.
Bliss: Two days until Halloween! Scary movie week here at our home, the Lilypad. Scary movies used to really get to me, but happily (ha), they no longer do. I take this as a sign that my psyche is stronger and more blissful than ever, armored and safe.
This weekend, while I was working through some of the "stuff" around SlothChick and all that, I had one of my mini-freakouts about the house and how it isn't nearly clean enough, not to mention that there is just too much crap everywhere and why aren't we more organized and why doesn't our garage and basement look like they came out of one of those organizing magazines and why aren't all my slips of paper just magically taking care of themselves and why and why and why...
"Why" and "Whine" sure sound alike.
Finally, my partner, Frog, couldn't take it any longer. She was sitting in her room, painting, listening to music, being hopped around by a sweet bunny, and I was standing in her doorway raining all my crap into her peaceful and creative space.
In the meantime, my creative space, containing a cat and candles to light and orange happy walls and music of my own, was just sitting, empty, waiting for someone -- could it be me? -- to get her butt in there and do some real work.
Finally, Frog stopped what she was doing and looked up and said:
"Do you want to paint paintings and write books or do you want to clean this house every day, knowing full well that no matter how hard we work, it will never be good enough?"
Smack! I was awakened.
In this interview with Erica Aubin, she writes about coming to this same realization -- that these everyday life errands might have to succumb to the more important call of art.
Erica's art has a freedom and an abandonment to it that conforms to her beliefs.
You can find her here, here, and here.
Describe the PrimaryBliss of your life. How did you come to know that this was your PrimaryBliss?
my primary bliss is the ACT OF CREATING! i have ALWAYS loved to create~ and my soul craves it more & more every day! how do i know? when i deny myself the time to create....i feel empty & gray, & hollow, & nothingness...
when i FOLLOW MY BLISS...i am a rainbow-colored, vibrating aura of HAPPINESS
What types of choices and sacrifices did you make to be able to craft this bliss-filled life?
i had to learn to LET THINGS GO~ things that are not really that important to ME~ like laundry, dishes, changing out of my p.j.s.... :)
How does your PrimaryBliss radiate out into the rest of your life?
take a look at this recent post
What are some other activities that also give you this sense of bliss? Things that make you lose track of time?
look at that post again...
What is your daily or weekly spiritual practice?
drawing, painting, sewing... whenever the URGE strikes...sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes all day long~ whatever is flowing...i go with it :)
What music is your bliss?
i love sooooooooooo many musicians...pink!, jason mraz, brandi carlile, tristan prettyman, outkast....& TONS more~
Name books or authors/poets or people who are your bliss, who influenced your bliss.
sark, eckhart tolle,
mrs. bullough, mrs. clayton & mrs. mcconkie (my AMAZING high school art teachers!)
todd sherman (university print teacher...)
What advice would you give to someone who feels they have not yet discovered their PrimaryBliss?
let go of your inhibitions, let go of pre-set thought patterns of who you THINK you should be, or what you THINK you should be doing...or what OTHERS think you should be doing! really, who CARES what others think?!...now, think back to when you were 7 years old...what did you want, more than anything else in the world, what did you DREAM you would be when you grew up?....remember? now, GO FOR IT!
Do you have a favorite quote you would like to share?
on setting goals...if you aim for NOTHING, you'll hit the mark every time! be clear on where you want to go & how you plan on getting there!
Erica also touches on another really important point about acting on inspiration as soon as it hits, whenever possible. Even if you are at a day job, when you get inspired, you could take a few minutes to make notes.
But do what you can, as soon as you can. And do it for as long as it takes. One of the things -- I know this from teaching a wide variety of people in creative writing classes -- that can get in the way of people writing, for example, is that they harbor this belief that they must have these large, open periods of time to do it in. So nothing ever gets done.
I have had the privilege of teaching one remarkable woman, who was also a mother of very small children, and she had learned to write in minutes, if she had to -- whatever time she could steal for her writing. She had gone to school for visual arts, which I think is really helpful, because you learn about process. She had the process thing down!
What could you accomplish in five minutes? What could you accomplish during your lunch break if you found a quiet spot? What could you accomplish if you decided to get rid of your rules and your preconceived notions about what it is to "art?"