last week, i started a short series exploring how the internet is shaping our creative process. before plugging back into the net full-time last year, my creative process was virtually (get it?) nonexistent. i’m thinking you might have a similar experience… the power that the internet has to provide an invocation for our creative stirring.
part 3 :: invocation
invocation, in a sense, is a call to a higher power. it’s a prayer, a song, a supplication that asks for that higher power to come and make its presence known.
creativity is often seen as a representation of a higher power than our own. whether you believe in a scientific or more faith-based creation story, the very act of creating reminds us of our own piece of the divine.
the internet has given us a network of blogs, communities, and bookmarking sites that we can call on at anytime, day or night. these sites provide a stirring invocation to our creativity. where else can you find how-tos, visual inspiration, and compelling stories all in one place? okay, maybe the library but since those are disappearing at an alarming rate (and aren’t open 24 hours a day!), the internet has stepped in as a phenomenal place to find that special stirring in our creative souls.
my invocation at the start of every day
in fact, i start every day with the internet. while it’s true that this sometimes has the undesired effect of giving me something to stress over. most often, i can invoke the internet to bring me a piece of news or insight or beauty that acts as something to consider while i prepare for the day. that something gets my brain moving, gets my creative mojo hopping, and helps me deal with server problems, temper tantrums, and forgetting to eat lunch.
sure, there are plenty of other ways to invoke your own creative passion: meditation, journaling, a brisk morning walk. and ya know… those sound pretty great! but the internet & i have always had a thing. ever since i first heard that modem connect up to the prodigy mainframe. that loose connection of electrons & pure information does something to unite by left and right brains that i just can’t ignore.
maybe you don’t get that same feeling of “invocation” from the internet. that’s cool, i understand. but i’m guessing many of you do and haven’t had a word to put to it. that’s why you’re here right? maybe scoutie girl doesn’t give you that creative calling every day but another blog on your list steps in and fills that spot. or maybe it’s browsing the front page of etsy, listening to a podcast, or reading an article from your favorite online newspaper.
i think the trick to identifying how the internet – this crazy creative online community we find ourselves in – shapes our creativity is finding what exactly fulfills the role of invocation. when you’re looking for inspiration on the net, where do you go? what facet of “being connected” allows you to call on the divine creative spark deep down inside of you?