To me this idea of making something out of nothing and not having a plan going in puts you in this place that is very spiritual, very connected to something much greater than oneself.

—Flora Bowley

How to Let Go, Be Brave, and Create From the Heart

Flora Bowley is an artist, workshop leader, yoga teacher, healer, lifelong truth seeker and the author of Brave Intuitive Painting and Creative Revolution. Flora lives with her partner, Jonathan, his son miles, and their dog, Pearl, in Portland OR.

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“If you’re going to engage in a creative process that involves letting go of a plan, embracing the mystery, you are going to get stuck. Don’t even expect it to be all easy breezy. And in fact, if it were that easy you’re probably missing some sort of friction and energy that is required to do different things.

 

At some point, and it may be many points, you’re going to feel frustrated, you’re not going to know what to do. It’s going to look really ugly, really awkward, really all over the place. So if we can go in with the acknowledgement and understanding that that’s part of the deal and actually it’s a really exciting part because when you get there that’s when you know you’ve been brave, you’ve been trying stuff, you’ve been out on the edge of what is known. It might get you to the place of “oh I hate it” but big breakthroughs are almost always on the other side of that place.”  -Flora Bowley



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