The “What If” Factor
All creative people have what I call the “What If” Factor working within them. That is, the ability to look at something and say, “What if…” and from that viewpoint have a vision of what could be. Then – they create it. My husband has this ability to do this with music and landscaping. I have the ability to look at any situation, a person, or idea and find a story in it. An artist friend of mine can look at a blank canvas and have it filled in her head long before her brush ever touches paint.
“What If” is the essence of the creative spark and part of what makes us uniquely human. Our ability to imagine or conceive of something then to turn around and create it is a wonderous thing. That’s really what life is about for us creative types, isn’t it? The process of creation. Creating stories. Creating our own realities. Creating our own unique paths in the world. Without “What If” I imagine life would be boring and dismal. I don’t know about you, but if I had nothing to focus on but reality and the boring hum-drum of day-to-day life I’d probably drive myself crazy. It’s “What If” that keeps me sane.
Of course the most important aspect of the “What If” factor is that you actually follow through and create what you imagine. Otherwise “What If” will only lead to dispair. I wonder if this is why so many creative types suffer from depression. They can envision that place they want to be or that masterpiece they strive to create, but they can’t quite reach it either by not knowing how to manifest the creation or by virtue of lack of skill or resources to manifest the desired creation.
This entire post also applies to magick as magicians are also creators. After all, the act of creation is, in essence, manifesting your will. Food for thought anyway.