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Perhaps the most important principles I’ve learned through the years are the ones that inextricably link life and creativity, the ones that keep me open to the infinite, that help me surrender to the unknowable, that push me beyond the bounds of what I can imagine.

I’ve also learned to be open to the synchronistic and the miraculous, to the numinous and the unseen. I’ve learned that not everything plays out as I expect. I’ve learned to trust my intuition above all else…even when that intuition doesn’t appear to make sense.

If I were a tarot card, I’d be The Fool, that questing soul who steps off the cliff in complete faith that he’ll sprout wings on the way down. I’m also the main character of my novel, who embarks on his journey knowing little more than the next step. That’s, in fact, how I wrote the book: one word at a time, one day at a time, knowing nothing of where the story was taking me, trusting the story to be wiser than I was. It’s still wiser than I am.

There’s little in my life today, for example, that I could have predicted, planned for or tried to attract, because there’s little in my life today that I could have imagined, little that I even knew I desired.

I believe that in both life and creativity, we’re called to be flexible, adaptable and anchored in the moment, recognizing that what works today may not work tomorrow. We’re called, too, to make the highest choices we can and to move beyond what we think from our head into what we desire from our heart.

That doesn’t mean we’ll always get it “right” – whether that “it” is a work of music, writing or art or a work of life, whether it’s how and what we write or how and what we live. In life and in art, it’s important to recognize that our human imperfection is what makes us divinely perfect.

When we live our lives creatively – even if we’re not involved in a traditional creative pursuit – we’re better able to touch that place of passion within us that always fires our joy, our success and our prosperity. It’s this spirit of creative transformation that governs how I live my life.

If I had one piece of guidance to offer, something that’s worked miracles in my life, it would be this:

Trust in your innate wisdom, your limitless courage and your infinite potential. Don’t let convention or your perceived limitations fence you in. Trust…leap…and surrender!

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Author of more than a dozen books whose readers span the globe, Mark David Gerson electrifies groups and individuals around the world with his inspiring stories and motivational talks and seminars. Mark David's books include critically acclaimed titles for writers, award-winning fiction and compelling memoirs. His screenplay adaptations of his Q'ntana fantasy novels are on their way to theaters as a trio of epic feature films, and he is currently at work on a fourth novel in his popular Sara Stories as well as a second book in his Way of the Fool series of personal development books

Mark David works with an international roster of clients as a spiritual mentor, personal growth coach, writing/creativity coach/catalyst and project consultant. He is also a popular speaker on topics related to creativity and spirituality, as well as an accomplished artist and photographer.

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  1. Mark, I love your post! It touched me in the deepest part of my being. Surrender and trust are my watchwords as I continue my journey of healing from a stroke I had 3 years ago. It was obviously not something that I would have ever expected to happen to me. But I see it as a gift from Spirit, as it has helped move me through a transformation that I would have never gone through had I continued living the existence I had pre-stroke. Funny also that you mention Tarot since the stroke has led me to it, and I absolutely love working with the cards.

    Again, I love your message. I will have to check out your works. I too am an author and a fellow IMT luminary. 🙂


    1. Thanks so much, Erica, for reaching out. I am deeply gratified that my piece touched you so profoundly. I will now have to look up your Inspire Me Today brilliance! BTW, I just sent an Erica Tucci a friend request on Facebook. I hope it was you!

  2. Reading your post just after waking up is the best synchronistic “cosmic wink” I could have imagined! It went straight to my heart and I enjoyed the feeling tremendously. What a powerful gift!!! You’ve already made my day! I love your beaming smile, its radiance overflows my heart with deep gratitude… Much love and many blessings to you. Namaste!

  3. Mark thank you for your post. I resonate deeply with your energy, your words and wisdom. I have healed a 40 year disease from trusting, opening and listening to my intuition. My book Unlocking the Invisible Child: A Journey from heartbreak to Bliss describes the journey and offers other a healing tool. Again many many thanks for being you. Blessings, Laura Mayer

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