What is a writer to do when they produce the best work of their lives at a young age, and have the weight on their shoulders from the expectations of everybody to live up to for the rest of their lives? According to Elizabeth Gilbert, they should avoid sipping Gin at 9am in the morning.

In a surprisingly moving, personal and funny talk, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, shares her insights on the concept of “genius”. She speaks to the evolution of creative expressions and shares her wisdom on how to activate the creative genius within you

Learn about some of the most creative and contributing members of society by watching this wonderful TED Talk. 

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6 Comments

  • Elizabeth-

    I loved your book and will look forward to reading your next creation. I truly enjoyed watching the video and want to thank you so very much for sharing your personal story on the courage required in the creative process. Reading'Courage to Create'by Rollo May many years ago has continuted to support me over the years. By putting the focus on the journey, our process, we stay in the present moment where the divine can show up. Creativity requires the mind, body and spirit all to show up in unison. If we're too cerebral it slips away, if we just do our job it slips away and if we wallow in our passion it can slip away. But, it is in the making, the process, which allows the stillness for creativity. So, thank you Elizabeth, for the reminder to stay in my process.

  • Avatar Bill says:

    This video clip was one of the clearest and well spoken pieces of material I have been blesssed to see. Your words were indeed blended with greatness. Thank you for making the point of borrowed genius and blending it into our lives. My greatest rewards came when I just asked for my purpose here on Earth and I then put it into God's hands to pave the way. Elizabeth Gilbert keep up the good work and again Thank you.

    Bill

  • Avatar Jambo says:

    This sharing has confirmed beautifully so much of the creative process which I have experienced for myself and how I tap into it and it taps upon me, as a songwriter, poet, storyteller and musician.

    Thank You Elizabeth Gilbert!!!… for your insight and heart to help us all to keep us safe and sound and to keep a healthy perspective on the priceless value of being an artist.

    Jambo

    SoundMagik.com

  • Elizabeth-

    I loved your book and will look forward to reading your next creation. I truly enjoyed watching the video and want to thank you so very much for sharing your personal story on the courage required in the creative process. Reading'Courage to Create'by Rollo May many years ago has continuted to support me over the years. By putting the focus on the journey, our process, we stay in the present moment where the divine can show up. Creativity requires the mind, body and spirit all to show up in unison. If we're too cerebral it slips away, if we just do our job it slips away and if we wallow in our passion it can slip away. But, it is in the making, the process, which allows the stillness for creativity. So, thank you Elizabeth, for the reminder to stay in my process.

  • Avatar Yvonne says:

    This is a very devine and powerful statements and it makes alot of sense. I understand what you mean about the struggle. But I think it is great when you can say,”What the heck I am here to do my part” and feel OK with that. Otherwise we struggle with why me, cyndrone. Not worth going there.
    I love the whole POWERFUL concept.
    Thanks Yvonne.

  • Avatar Bill says:

    This video clip was one of the clearest and well spoken pieces of material I have been blesssed to see. Your words were indeed blended with greatness. Thank you for making the point of borrowed genius and blending it into our lives. My greatest rewards came when I just asked for my purpose here on Earth and I then put it into God's hands to pave the way. Elizabeth Gilbert keep up the good work and again Thank you.
    Bill

  • Avatar Jambo says:

    This sharing has confirmed beautifully so much of the creative process which I have experienced for myself and how I tap into it and it taps upon me, as a songwriter, poet, storyteller and musician.
    Thank You Elizabeth Gilbert!!!… for your insight and heart to help us all to keep us safe and sound and to keep a healthy perspective on the priceless value of being an artist.

    Jambo
    SoundMagik.com

  • Avatar Lola Bajsarowicz says:

    Thanks for making us feel not so ALONE! The muse and the experience of creativity is all you say it is. Bravo!

  • Avatar Rob Cohn ~aka: & says:

    Thank you. .

    Here's mine to you all.

    H P and L V

    Life force in the universe
    beware of folly within
    I carry forces unseen
    from beyond wildest dream
    above incantation or curse.
    Switch two letters
    put both edges on
    this word divides in two
    loss creates gain with this covert force
    I am giving to you.
    The “O” and the “E”
    stay in place.
    “H P” and “L V” trade sequence in space. .
    when the cut of lost love threatens our death
    life clings to “hope” inside one more breath.
    Go now to the perfect image
    the Lord and Creator in you
    the cutting edge is “love”
    the return edge is “hope”
    now the sword you wield is true.

  • Avatar Rob Cohn ~aka: &quo says:

    Thank you. .

    Here's mine to you all.

    H P and L V

    Life force in the universe
    beware of folly within
    I carry forces unseen
    from beyond wildest dream
    above incantation or curse.
    Switch two letters
    put both edges on
    this word divides in two
    loss creates gain with this covert force
    I am giving to you.
    The “O” and the “E”
    stay in place.
    “H P” and “L V” trade sequence in space. .
    when the cut of lost love threatens our death
    life clings to “hope” inside one more breath.
    Go now to the perfect image
    the Lord and Creator in you
    the cutting edge is “love”
    the return edge is “hope”
    now the sword you wield is true.

  • Avatar andromeda1 says:

    I like your poem, phantom. Such a moving video. I can feel it now ..no time, no space to do justice to the feelings felt while listening to Elizabeth Gilbert.

  • Avatar Ed Keyes says:

    Very illuminating, indeed! Thanks for showing up, and for sharing your insight – this helps us get out of our own way and allow more perfect expressions of the One to manifest. The most beautiful and exquisite reflection of the Divine beams outward when we relax and intend to provide the environment through our life for the One to mirror and acknowledge itself. Every single action is an expression of this One, of God, and we are each a particle of this Great Being, along with the infinitely numerous permutations and shapes/sizes/colors/flavors of the One, being itself, and exisiting independently of singularity and duality, outside of the dome of mind-created time and space parameters. One notion occured to me during your video presentation – you mentioned what happens when the artist wakes up Tuesday at 11am and is returned to his state of life, no longer the Divine, now only back as his lil self. Maybe this is not the case, but that every single breath and action is the Divine, is another expression of the One – how could it be otherwise? There is no place the One is not. Our attachment to being this or that – perhaps – colors whether we think we are this or that. We are all ways this, and that, always and forever breathing in and out as God, as the One. Something to consider…thanks again! Love ya! Eddie Keyes ejkeyes@gmail.cm

  • Avatar ileanna simancas says:

    With tears in my eyes all I can say is Ole to you Elizabeth. You have inspired me once again to be all I've dream to be.
    I just came back from a 5 month life changing trip to India. A life time dream finally made a reality after reading Eat, Pray, Love!

    Thank you for letting your genius be part of our world!
    Ileanna

  • Avatar Carli Bauzá says:

    Thank you, Neil & Elizabeth! Very inspiring talk. Showing up is the most important thing; the rest writes itself during the process.

    ¡Olé!

  • Avatar Carli Bauzá says:

    Thank you, Neil & Elizabeth! Very inspiring talk. Showing up is the most important thing; the rest writes itself during the process.

  • Avatar BOB ONISKO says:

    That was just wonderful and encouraging.THE FACT IS..I have always felt a 'DEVINE INSPIRATION" in all my writings.[poems / music-lyrics]..This can happen at any moment of the day.[I keep writng materials close by at all times].IT IS VERY FLEETING..My deeply spiritual inspirations, seem to come at night for some reason..I never feel as tho these things come from..Only that I was 'OPEN TO IT'. A CONDUIT FOR the sharing of these thoughts/concepts..There are times that I recieve a 'subject" for inspiration and just open my heart to it..IT DOES NOT SEEM TO COME FROM OPENING MY MIND..

    I do believe there has to be a"passion".. A NEED FOR SHARING.

    WELL,I'M NOT WRITING A BOOK HERE. HA,HA,HA.. SO I WILL JUST STOP.GOD WORKS IN UNKNOWN WAYS..

  • Avatar BOB ONISKO says:

    That was just wonderful and encouraging.THE FACT IS..I have always felt a 'DEVINE INSPIRATION” in all my writings.[poems / music-lyrics]..This can happen at any moment of the day.[I keep writng materials close by at all times].IT IS VERY FLEETING..My deeply spiritual inspirations, seem to come at night for some reason..I never feel as tho these things come from..Only that I was 'OPEN TO IT'. A CONDUIT FOR the sharing of these thoughts/concepts..There are times that I recieve a 'subject” for inspiration and just open my heart to it..IT DOES NOT SEEM TO COME FROM OPENING MY MIND..
    I do believe there has to be a”passion”.. A NEED FOR SHARING.
    WELL,I'M NOT WRITING A BOOK HERE. HA,HA,HA.. SO I WILL JUST STOP.GOD WORKS IN UNKNOWN WAYS..

  • Avatar Joshua says:

    This is Beautiful. Get it out more. One must feel worthy of what they do and Feel the Unconditional Love that flows through the Artist.

    Feel the Unconditional Love that those creative minds find. Clarity with No Fear with Pure of Heart intent.
    Your greatest Success is in front of you. Fallow your heart where ever it may lead you.

  • Avatar Joshua says:

    This is Beautiful. Get it out more. One must feel worthy of what they do and Feel the Unconditional Love that flows through the Artist.

    Feel the Unconditional Love that those creative minds find. Clarity with No Fear with Pure of Heart intent.
    Your greatest Success is in front of you. Fallow your heart where ever it may lead you.

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