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81. Does Creativity Have To Come From Suffering?

I saw this post recently, and some very interesting responses to it on a friends wall. Does creativity have to come from suffering? I don’t believe it does. This is simply my perspective, but thought it was worth sharing. The link to the original article is below, for reference.

As an artist in many forms (music, writing, and more) I used to think all works were driven from struggle, pain, and suffering, as all of mine once were. As I’ve done more deep, internal soul work to address my core false beliefs and emotional issues (and believe me, that’s a continual process), I’m learning that pain and suffering can be drivers, but are not requirements for creativity. As  matter of fact, I’m far more creative and passionate than I’ve ever been in my life, without coming from a place of strife. I found that mindset was an underlying narrative that was not rooted in truth, it had simply been my experience up to that point, but thankfully that has shifted!

Creativity can just as easily, and often more intensely, come with great joy, ease, and passion, if that’s the experience we choose to have and expect. Much of it is a choice regarding how we view things, and the lens through which we view our world, which is the determining factor here, along with our level of consciousness and frequency.

I take into great consideration the emotional space I’m inhabiting when I create anything, as there’s a correlating energy created with it that impacts the reader. What I want to pass on through my work is love, encouragement, grace, joy, and peace. If all my creation comes from pain, that’s the energy I’m putting forth and not what I want those experiencing my work to encounter. The pieces that have been written from painful experiences certainly address the difficulties, yet also resolve with hope and awareness there is light at the end of the often dark tunnel, and both a purpose and exit strategy for the difficulties experienced.

I was shocked to see how many truly believed suffering was a requirement for their creativity, as I once did. It makes for a very unnecessarily tumultuous life. It also solidifies and emblazons the depression and negativity we see rampant in our culture today. I encourage everyone to consider creativity in a different light! It not only transforms us, but everyone else our work touches!

Love & Light,
Laura 🙂



Does Creativity Have To Come From Suffering?

Does Creativity Have to Come from Suffering?

78. Protecting From Further Pain

We have to get better at how we treat other people. Lives matter. Words matter. Emotions matter and are valid, even when they’re not understood or agreed with. Most people are going through life simply protecting from further pain. Yet, when we encounter a less than stellar situation with another, how often do we really pursue the underlying pain of their perspective?

We only see what others allow us to see and we never really know all the devastation that has gone on in another’s life behind the scenes. There’s always more to a story than we know and have been made privy to. Even so, it’s far easier to cut losses when things get uncomfortable, than it is to do the work necessary to understand another. In our fast-moving society, that’s just not the easiest path of least resistance. As common slang would say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Yet investing this time and effort is the very thing that builds the incredible depths of relationship most say they struggle to find.

Hurting people don’t always make the best decisions, as logic isn’t always present when pain is full throttle. More often it’s adrenaline driven and what seems necessary at the time to protect from further wounding. After all, that’s our conscious mind’s greatest role… doing whatever is necessary to protect us from discomfort. When we truly begin to understand that, not only does forgiveness become easier, but compassion blossoms and spills out onto the walking wounded, which in turn helps in the process of those souls healing.

What is needed is love, compassion, grace, understanding, and support. What they need to know is that there is someone out there, no matter what, that loves them and cares enough to engage them, even when they are not their most lovable. Unconditional love is so rare these days. The easiest thing to do is bail and walk away. Don’t be that person.

Seek to understand before judging. Even better, seek to understand and don’t judge at all. Every one of us has pain we are hiding from the world. Some are just better at hiding it than others. The right thing to do is love hard, ask questions, listen intently, & be there. Just that alone can make all the difference in the world to someone who feels lost, alone, and in pain. Most suffer in silence. We may not always be able to eliminate their pain, but we can at least ensure they are not alone as they walk through it. This often very dark world needs many more willing to be love, light, and the voice of compassion.

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby

57. Come Up Higher – A Reprieve For The Heavy-Hearted

heavy-heartA reprieve for the heavy-hearted is in great need this day. We live in an age that is no longer simple. Simplicity was traded for advancement, profit, greed, and a busy life that keeps our minds in constant reeling mode. Rather than living fully to love, serve, heal, and advance one another, we now endlessly toil to simply exist. The stress of this alone can be overwhelming, but when the additional difficulties life deals us are added to the mix, it can be challenging to remain standing. It’s now a world that constantly lays claim to more of what we have, when no rightful claim stands. In exchange, we have lost the complexity of our inner selves, as we no longer have time to tend the embers that grow gravely weak within and are the true source of love and joy within our lives. It need not be this way.

I pray for all who are weary, heavy-hearted and hurting today. I ask for the strength for each grieving soul to look to a higher place for comfort, while going deep within to do the necessary healing work that only God can accomplish when our hearts are wounded, yet attuned and willing. When in the greatest depths of our despair, there is always a road that leads back to the higher places. Yes, I know that sounds far too easy and possibly even trite to those who have been wandering difficult roads for far too long. Yet, I can say with confidence and personal experience it exists. I’ve found it many times prior, and trust it will always be there again when needed, as hindsight holds my proof and that of many others before me.

Where we focus our hearts and our energy is what expands. To find the higher roads, we must make the often difficult choice to look away from the pain, and seek to identify the beauty that still remains. Those higher frequencies become a healing balm to injured souls. Those who choose to remain focused on the pain often do not heal. The higher road is most definitely there, though difficult to see when our lens is fogged and clouded from our grief and tears. Look up, and when no way is clear, ask for directions! Your higher road is just ahead, waiting for you to take those first steps in a new direction.

This is something I wrote that I hope serves as an encouragement.

Come Up Higher

When endless days and sleepless nights
Have had the best of me
When troubles and confusion
Seem to be all that I see
When tribulation takes its toll
And I’ve been through the fire
I see my Father motioning
For me to come up higher
To take me from this state of mind
That keeps me bound in sin
To help me think eternally
Of all I have through Him
To bring my thoughts above the realm
Of which I grow so tired
I hear His spirit beckoning
For me to come up higher
Though bodily an anchor
There’s the choice to rise above
By focusing my heart and soul
On my God who is Love
With eyes fixed on my blessings
I can walk above the mire
Because I chose to follow Him
When He said come up higher

Love & Light,
Laura Lum Corby