8 Powerful Messages From Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

8 Powerful Messages From Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

What is Big Magic?

Big Magic is an incredibly inspirational book written by Elizabeth Gilbert. The aim of the book is to encourage “creative living”.

Before Big Magic

Before reading Big Magic I was in a place where I needed some encouragement. Encouragement to let go of my fears and self-doubt. The self-doubt which was preventing me from igniting the creative spark from within. I had passion, I had motivation, I had ideas but I didn’t have the courage to bring forth the magic.

8 Powerful Messages From Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

Enter Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert speaks with a strong and insightful voice. Her tone is incredibly charming and witty, it’s almost like you’re at home having a deep and heartfelt pep talk with your friend. The purpose behind her words is to encourage us to find our most creative and expressive life which is driven by curiosity than by fear. Gilbert refers to ideas and creativity as though they are from a world of mystery and enchantment. All the while keeping two feet firmly on the ground, she doesn’t urge anyone to follow their dreams without being practical first. Gilbert offers a vibrant concept that “the universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them”. The surprising results of that hunt is known as, Big Magic.

Big Magic has given me encouragement and motivation through its powerful messages. Below I’ve shared eight of my favourites.

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert describes fear in a realistic and relatable sense. Helping you understand that if you want to embrace the creativity in your life then you must welcome fear. Gilbert refers to fear and creativity as “conjoined twins” as we can’t experience one without the other. The two of them will join you on your creative road trip. Note to self: “Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way”.

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

To me, this quote speaks loud and clear. It reminds me that creative living will require time. Time which is ticking by and will not stop ticking just because we’re not ready. It helps me realise that we don’t know how much time we have in our precious lives, and we simply cannot afford to think small. Gilbert reminds us that “life is short and rare and amazing and miraculous” and we all want to do and make interesting things while we have the time. That’s why creative living is worth it.

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert’s words are filled with encouragement and understanding. She accepts that fear is within all of us however it holds us back from life’s opportunities and it prevents us from moving on to bigger and better things. If we push past fear we become brave and once we become brave our world grows, as it opens up to new experiences.

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

More often than not we measure our worth by adding up our successes and our failures. We celebrate our achievements and learn from our mistakes, which is perfectly normal and healthy. Yet, have you ever thought to measure your worth through your dedication to your path? Well this is exactly what Gilbert suggests we do. If you’ve been dedicated to something for a long time, whether that be a career, a hobby or a goal. If you’ve been through the ups, the downs, walked across the rocky road and failed more times that you’ve succeeded, then you are proving your self-strength and determination.

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

In order to live your most creative and expressive life you first must hold a sense of “personal entitlement”. Gilbert wants us to understand that we have the right to create and do interesting things in our life, whatever that may be. Say it aloud to yourself and to others, I’m a writer, I’m a gardener, I’m this, I’m that, or I don’t know what I am yet, but I’m curious to find out!

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Your mind needs something to do in order to remain sane. If you are not actively creating something, then you are probably actively destroying something. Such as your body, your health, your relationships or your job. Gilbert compares the mind to owning a border collie as a pet. Suggesting that if you fail to occupy it then it will find its own job to do and you might not like the job it finds. Such as eating the couch!

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert reassures the readers that it doesn’t matter if an idea has been done before, because it hasn’t been done by you in your own unique way. The truth is, most things have been done before. Ideas are repeated all the time by different people and each idea results in a slightly different outcome. If you put your own spin on things then the idea will belong to you.

Eight powerful messages from Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

We don’t want to be the person that sabotages our opportunities, yet Gilbert rightly points out that lot of the time we find ourselves arguing for our limitations. We say things such as, “I’ve always been that way” and “I could’ve done that but” or “if that happened then I could”. Try a new strategy, what would you argue for instead? Creative living perhaps!

After Big Magic

After reading Big Magic, Those Positive Thoughts was born. This book gave me the encouragement I needed to say yes to my ideas.

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve found these messages to be as powerful and encouraging as I’ve found them to be!

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10 thoughts on “8 Powerful Messages From Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert

  1. I love Elizabeth Gilbert (well, Eat Pray Love) and I love the concept of this book. Just couldn’t get into it for whatever reason. So it’s nice to be able to read some of the highlights here. I especially like the quote about measuring worth on our dedication to our path. I’m trying to embrace scary, creative things in my life right now so a lot of this resonates with me. And now I’m curious – what ideas did you say yes to after reading this book?

    1. Eat Pray Love is also on my reading list, I loved the film and I want to give the book a try. For me, at the time of reading Big Magic I was going back and fourth in my head about starting a blog. I had been writing a lot and showing a couple of close friends and family, but I’m was too scared to put my creativity out there for everyone to see. Big Magic gave me that extra boost of confidence I needed to say yes to starting a blog. It showed me that we are all creative and that we shouldn’t be afraid of expressing our ideas. Thanks for commenting!

  2. What a great review of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! The ‘Eight powerful messages’ you have chosen are really just that – powerful and good to keep reading.

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