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I am working through Carol Lloyd’s, ‘Creating a life worth living’.    In her list of creative archetypes I recognized myself in a few, such as the ‘maker, ‘the generator’ of ideas, and the teacher and healer. But the real eye opener for me was the portrait of the mystic, one I wouldn’t have chosen myself, but which in most aspects fit like a glove. Here is what Lloyd has to say about this type of creator: (partly paraphrased)

Mystics are less product oriented , their creativity springs from their ethical and spiritual beliefs. First and foremost they live creative lives moment by moment. Mystics create moments, moods, ambiences, sometimes as art, sometimes as a story or a cake.
Their art is ephermeral, they make wonderful performers…and interdisciplinary artists.

With their purity of vision and strength of convictions, mystics can have a tough time in our materialistic, logic-based culture. As children they were are often ridiculed and excluded. As an adult they are often adored because of their ability to connect to others in intimate creative ways, but in the professional world they are still expected to be hard nosed and clear headed. Driven by a burning core and nothing else, they are fiercely independent thinkers.  They are less likely to be interested in business or large scale organisations.  They do best living lives of simplicity. Since they tend to be unwilling to work the system, networking their way through a heirarchy or schmoozing their way into a job can be an onerous and unnatural chore.

Um, tell me about it.

However, if I only had the mystic in me, then I would retreat to an island somewhere and live quietly and keep my mouth shut. But there is also another part which wants to affect the world in a positive and tangible way. And which keeps me writing proposals to organisations which have never heard of me,  making cold calls,  and other tasks which indeed I feel are onerous.  In my saner moments, I think I would rather leave all of this pioneering stuff to someone else, and just quietly get on with making and writing about art.

I just might.

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