‘Creating The Life You Want’…. In the personal development field this phrase has become a little hackneyed of late as everyone attempts to sell you their recipe for achieving this rather elusive dream. What if we were to look at it another way, shift the paradigm and really think about it from the point of view of owning and understanding what truly amazing creative beings we are.
I would imagine that many of you reading this blog are creative in some way, artists, writers, dancers, actors perhaps. You are therefore more aware of the creative process than the majority of people. Do you ever stop to think about how you create?
- How does it feel to be in the ‘zone’ so to speak?
- Is there anything that precedes it or follows it?
- When do you find you do your best creative work?
- Is there anything that assists you; music, coffee, drugs etc and how or why do these things make a difference?
- Can you pinpoint exactly what that feeling or state feels like to you?
If you knew the answers to all these questions, do you think it might be easier to work through your creative blocks, including getting started in the first place?
And what does any of this have to do with creating the life you want? Well understanding how you best create on one level can be transferred to other areas of your life.
It seems to be a rather sad but true fact that many artists expect, believe, that being poor goes with the territory. That ony a few lucky ones can ‘make it’. This is only a belief. However as long as we believe that it will be true.
So how does my artistic/creative process help with this?
When I cross reference my artistic process with manifesting the things I want in my life I find that the process is remarkably similar and it comes down to a couple of things really.
- One is about being open. This requires letting go of the control but showing up and being present. I get my greatest inspiration and guidance as to what comes next in my creative endeavours, when I enter a semi meditative state. I literally sit and wait for the answer and after a timeless interval experience a knowing of what comes next. This is a totally non verbal communication. It takes place at some other level, and presents it’s self as a certainty as to what comes next.
- However this only works, if I find a way to get out of my own way. Conscious thought inhibits or slows it down.
Therefore it follows that if I was to follow a similar process in relation to things I want showing up in my life, that I might achieve some degree of success. I have to report that this is absolutely true. The manifesting process is actually quite simple in theory, it is the practise that is difficult for many of us, largely due to our own mental and emotional conditioning.
It is my belief that I get the results and answers I need when creating because I generally have no negative charge or attachment to the out come. Rather I am in a state of positive expectation. However in our everyday lives, we often tend to focus not only on the thing we want but even more so on the absence of it, the ‘I don’t have it’, ‘When am I going to get it’ ‘Why is it taking so long’ kind of thought processes. These thoughts are also often accompanied by a rather heavy negative emotional charge.
So guess what we get? That which we have brought into being by thinking and feeling lots about! In many cases this is the very thing we don’t want! The trick then is what?
- Firstly have great clarity about what you DO want.
- Then let it go – forget about it on the conscious level.
- However maintain a positive emotional feeling and expectation about it.
- Get curious about it.
- This can be achieved by thinking and feeling into some of the following ideas: Wouldn’t it be nice if….. I wonder what it would be like to experience……. I am willing to receive …… into my life now.
What do you want to manifest in your life right now? How can your creative process help you to do that?