17 Times Liz Gilbert Reminded Us That We Were Insanely Magical

Every so often a book will come along that will drag you from the depths of your own bitter perception of yourself, and lift you up to the sun. 

And sometimes you have to keep re-reading it so you can keep reminding yourself of the true magic that you are, that you actually have a right to be in this magical universe, and that you don't need anybody's permission to create, to love, or to just be yourself

Liz Gilbert's Big Magic was that book for me. (Along with Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, naturally). 

First, let me just say, Liz Gilbert is magical, just like you and I of course, but I think anyone will agree she is overtly magical, and anything she says well, I'd like to just eat up and store in my cheek like a squirrel for years to come.

It's one thing when you have someone telling you that you CAN do things, you CAN make things and you DO have permission, but it's another when they back it up with magic and things like divinity and enchantment.

And let's face it, things like magic and divinity are simply more attractive than just hearing someone tell you point blank, hey, you can do this!

Throughout the course of Big Magic, I learned that my fling with inspiration and creativity is deeply meaningful (and also not so meaningful), but meaningful in the way that the outcomes don't matter at all. That you make art for the thrill of it, for the release of it, more so than the success of it. 

This is inherently beautiful because we stunt our creativity and inspiration by placing the importance of our art in the hands of other people. We just give the thing away. 

I'm guilty of this.

If I'm making someone that no one else is excited about, it bums me out. I feel like I'm off creating something nobody wants and that I'm just following some made-up pattern of failure that I was born into. 

But Liz Gilbert reminds us of our very own Big Magic in this book, and while I can probably list about 100 times she inspired me to create unapologetically throughout it, I'll narrow it down to 17 that apply to all sorts of situations, like remembering who we truly are, and owning up to our true magnificence.

Here are 17 times Liz Gilbert reminded us that we were insanely magical.

(Please remember this). 

#1 you are worthy dear one, regardless of the outcome

#2 your soul has been waiting for you to wake up to your own existence for years

#3 You are a child of God, just like everyone else

#4 You are a constituent of this universe

#5 You have invisible spirit benefactors who believe in you, and who labor alongside you. The fact that you are here at all is evidence that you have the right to be here.

#6 You have a right to your own voice, and a right to your own vision.

#7 You have a right to collaborate with creativity, because you are a product and a consequence of creation.

#8 Is it delusional of me to place infinite trust in a force that I cannot see, touch, or prove -- a force that might not even actually exist? Okay, for the sake of argument, let's call it totally delusional. But is it any more delusional than believing that only your suffering and your pain are authentic? Or that you are alone -- that you have no relationship whatsoever with the universe that created you? 

#9 We are all the chosen few

#10 Creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the senses for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the opposable thumbs for it; we have the rhythm for it; we have the language and the excitement and the innate connection to divinity for it. 

#11 Your very body and your very being are perfectly designed to live in collaboration with inspiration, and inspiration is still trying to find you.

#12 Human beings are possessed of something special, something extra, something unnecessarily rich, something that the novelist Marilynne Robinson calls 'an overabundance that is magical'. 

#13 I live in a most remarkable world, thick with mysteries.

#14 I believe we are all capable at times of brushing up against a sense of mystery and inspiration in our lives. 

#15 Your life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous, and you want to do really interesting things and make really interesting things while you're still here. 

#16 The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. 

#17 We are all walking repositories of buried treasure.