I used to think I wasn’t a very creative person. For some reason, I thought creative and artistic were one and the same and I didn’t think of myself as an artistic person. Now I realize that being artistic is being creative but you can be creative without being artistic. I guess it just depends on what your definition of artistic is. We all have the ability to be creative. Expressing our creativity is part of why we are all here. How we express our creativity is unique to each of us just as our essence is unique to us.
One can be creative through art, music, words, ideas etc. I love to create through words and ideas. That is my form of creativity. Regardless of how each of us expresses our creativity, the best place to create from is when we are in connection with our essence energy. This is where we are in flow and it is much easier to create from essence than it is when we are stuck up in our heads.
I had every intention of writing this blog post yesterday evening so that it would be ready for today. I was in a very grumpy and crummy mood though and I knew it was not the energy I wanted to create from. Instead of trying to push through and force myself to write, which I really detest doing, I decided to let go of my deadline and allow myself to be late. I knew that my grumpy mood was temporary. I must admit, I didn’t make much of an effort to try and change my grumpy mood. It may have worked but I chose not to and to just be grumpy instead. I started my day today on a different note and took steps to connect with my essence and creativity so that writing would be easier. Here are some tips to tapping into your creative energy:
1. Get out into nature. Go hug a tree, literally! Being in nature allows us to connect with earth energy and to feel more grounded. I’ve mentioned this before but walking in the ravine is one of my favourite things to do. It is when I receive my “intuitive downloads” the most. I have also heard artists be inspired by the beauty of nature, that it touches their hearts and souls. It has a calming effect on me and I can hear my inner wisdom much better.
2. Move your body. This helps me get out of my head and move energy through my body. Walking in the ravine or cross-country skiing on the trails combines being in nature with moving my body so it is a win-win. Sometimes I like to dance and just follow how my body wants to move rather than planning any dance moves. If I feel stuck trying to create something, I just get up and walk and dance around for a few minutes and then sit back down with different energy.
3. Meditate or have some quiet time. As you know by now, I am a huge fan of meditating. When I am about to create something, I do a specific meditation for connecting with my essence energy so I can create from that place. Being fully present, grounded and connected are key for me in the creative process. Meditation helps me get there.
There are other methods that can help you connect as well such as prayer, listening to music, being with animals, and decreasing sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake. The next time you are feeling stuck while working on a project, give some of these tips a try and get your creative juices flowing.