5 Ways to Kill Your Creativity
Humans are naturally creative, inspired, connected and energetic. There are, however, a number of modern, and socially acceptable, methods for numbing out to our highly creative souls. If you want to really find your creative voice and share your unique gifts and expressions with the world, here’s the top five things to fling out of your life …
1. Stuffing yourself with TV. There is a void inside all of us, a connection to deep mystery, a well of consciousness that fills with ideas and inspiration from the source of life itself. TV is a filler, junk food for the soul, regardless of how well-meaning or highbrow the content. It occupies all that beautiful space in your consciousness with meaningless jabber and noise, making it difficult to receive inspiration, dulling the will and tuning out the voice of your soul – your intuition.
2. Gorging yourself on video games. Gaming has a similar impact to television, but the impact lasts longer, especially in children. Even when you are not gaming, your consciousness is working away at the next level, calculating how to get that little bit further in the game, obsessing over scenarios.
3. Burning the midnight oil. It’s an absurd romantic notion that great artists are best locked up in ivory towers, eyes propped open with match sticks, labouring away into the wee hours. Sleep deprivation, though it may produce interesting ideas, saps the will and scatters thought processes, making it difficult to translate your ideas into reality.
4. Making comparisons with others. You are a unique expression of life experiencing itself. Comparing your creations (no matter what they are) with those of others will shut down your ability to receive inspiration, ideas, energy and support.
5. Asking opinions from others. 99% of the time, the desire to ask others what they think of your creations comes straight from your limited self – a wounded, cut-down version of you that believes it isn’t viable. If you think what you are creating needs improvement, ask yourself how you would improve it. You have the answers. If you ask others their opinions and then adjust your creations accordingly, you will reduce your unique expression to something more generic and less satisfying.
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5 Ways to Bring Your Creativity to Life!
Deep and lasting satisfaction with life comes from sharing your unique voice with the world, taking what is within and expressing it in whatever form is true for you. You might dance, sing, lead others to greatness, nurture children, break boundaries, write, paint, sculpt, love, learn or teach. Here are five brilliant tips for diving into your true essence and sharing your gifts with the world.
1. Value your expression. Know that your unique take on life, the universe and everything is vastly more valuable than ‘getting it right’, being perfect and doing what others think you should be doing. Find your true voice and share it with the world. No one creates quite like you.
2. Establish a practice. Find an activity that gets you connected to the stillness inside. It might be yoga, meditation, walking the dogs, drawing, singing, dancing, drumming, whatever! Discover what works for you and get into the discipline of doing it regularly. While you do your practice, turn off the phone, computer, tablet, TV, radio, and any other bleeping nagging devices. Allowing yourself to drop daily concerns and connect with the void within also enables you to receive inspiration, guidance, support and completely formed ideas.
3. Do what you love every day. Doing something you love every day (even if it doesn’t ‘get you anywhere’) will connect you more deeply to your true essence. You will have greater clarity about all areas of your life, a stronger sense of satisfaction, more inspiration and interestingly, you may also find yourself taking care of practical parts of your life more readily, leaving more time and space to dedicate to your heart creations. You can give this a whirl by taking the 120 Day Do What You Love Challenge.
4. Eat well, move your body, sleep long. Duh! But how easy is it to forget to feed yourself when in the grips of a fabulous creation? How tempting is it to stay up late trying to ‘get it done’. Respect your vehicle and it will carry you through everything you would love to create in your life.
5. Trust the process. A creation of any kind (art, writing, relationship, family, job, garden, etc) is a process of unfolding. It’s organic and has many phases. Like a growing tree, all creations begin as seedlings and their growth is seasonal. They surge forwards in Spring, blossom in Summer, simmer in Autumn and bubble away underground through the sleeping Winter. If you stay with the creative process, you will eventually unveil a magnificent tree. Hang out in your tension, let it be. Allow the next step to reveal itself. Trust yourself as a creator, you know what to do.
© 2012 Pollyanna Darling
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