A Letter to Creativity, by Amaera BayLaurel, artist/designer/writer, written at Elizabeth Gilbert’s Writing Workshop, Napa, CA., Nov. 7th, 2015.
I have long known that you are the fire in my life and that I am the Fire Keeper. I know that there have been many times, upon waking to a cold morning that was covered in frost, when I realized I had nearly let the fire burn out.
And yet I have always been able to trust that once I removed the layers of ash, I would find a warm ember still glowing beneath the ruin. I have always known that you would be there for me, and that all I needed to do was gently blow life energy back into you in order to reignite the flame.
My Dearest Friend, you can trust me fully now – because I recognize that I cannot live without your heat, and I wish to renew my vows as Fire Keeper. I vow to not let you burn down and to never let you burn out. What is more, I vow to let you ignite my soul and to dance with you, flame-against-flame, as One Light. I vow to raise you up into a majestic bonfire.
The Fire Keeper
Note from the Author:
When I was asked if I’d share my “Letter to Creativity” with Brilliant Writer, I was so touched! And later, when I sat down to type it up, the letter actually brought tears to my eyes. The workshop with Elizabeth was so powerful, and her ‘manifesto’ about living a creative life beyond fear is so relevant to the times (especially for women), that it struck a very deep cord within.
The metaphor about fire felt effective because it is about warmth, but also because the coldness of a morning when the fire has gone out is extremely visceral. I can almost feel it in my bones! Creativity is intricately linked with life-force, and when we acknowledge this I believe we tap into our power. For women, tapping into our power is taboo, but it is also exactly what this world needs most.