I am currently reading “Trust the Process” by Shaun McNiff. I’ve had this book for 2 years and am just now getting into reading it. I go through phases of reading and tend to buy more books then I actually read. I actually just gave some away I bought years ago. I decided with the little reading attention and time I have, I wouldn’t be reading those particular ones. So I let go of them. Cleaning things out is something I have been doing, simplifying and getting rid of things that aren’t adding much other than distraction (not good distraction either). I think it is also something that God is doing in me as well. Cleaning out some of the junk and piled up gunk in my heart, in my life. But wait I was talking about the book...
I agree with a lot of what McNiff says about trusting the process and doing, but I don’t agree with everything he believes or says. He also seems to be a bit wordy saying some of the same things over and over although he’s got some helpful nuggets weaved within. I think he could use some visuals or fun drawings but perhaps its more that I got spoiled by Austin Kleon.
I believe am reading this at an appropriate time in my life. It seems to fit in with what I am learning and already doing (some of the time). As the book title suggests McNiff talks about creating as a process, not a product. Its process where you don’t have everything figured out before you start, where you allow yourself to interact with whats around by using all your senses, where you use daily practice, but are willing to try new things by straying from habit. He believe best way to deal with stuckness is action. Just start doing. I agree. I have learned to. do. daily. In the section where he talks about blocks he mentions some common things that make us stuck. When we believe that designs have to take shape in our thoughts & minds before creating it can hinder creating. This is because if one does not have an idea then one cannot create. Another is thinking that we need to be somewhere other than where we are. I tend to do that. Instead we need to start working right where we are at. I also like how he talks about conflict and uneasiness as being part of the process and that we need to stay in it.
McNiff says Trust the Process,
I say be willing to go through the process
trusting the One who created it,
who created you.
Last week I was looking at the info about the author and saw that he worked at Endicott College in Beverly, MA when the book was written. I thought that was interesting cause I was about to work at an event at Endicott later that evening. Sixteen years ago (thats when he wrote the book) is a long time so I wondered if he still worked there. It appears that he teaches now at Lesley University which I’ve also worked events at.