The more I understand the nature of change, the more I realize that all we have is NOW. Further more, the quality of my NOW is my life and also influences what I’m creating in the future.
When you are in touch with your creative flow you are always in the NOW.
Time doesn’t exist or becomes irrelevant. I find that many of my students often experience this, with the ending of the class seeming to creep up on them almost unawares! Their reactions lead me to believe that for many of them this is the first time in their lives they have had this experience of timeless connection to their creative source.
When we love what we are doing we are connected to our highest flow and source of well being. Things happen effortlessly and life is good. How might you bring more of this grace and ease into your own life this week? What is one thing you can do to find your perfect now?
Creativity And Self Sabotage. It is amazing how many ways we can find to slay our creative spark.
Let’s look at two different things we sometimes do that can be creativity slayers.
I am driven to write about self sabotage this week, because I saw it in action with one of my students recently, who I may add was completely unaware of what was transpiring at that moment. I recognize this particular moment because I have been there myself in the past. One reason that we come to this moment is from our desire for another’s approval of what we are doing. We are not even necessarily seeking praise for the quality of our work, but perhaps rather, appreciation of our effort.
The big trap here is that, particularly in our beginning efforts at anything, what we have done may just not measure up to someone else’s idea of good, acceptable, wonderful or whatever. What our significant others cannot see is the effort we have put in, either the struggle or the challenges, emotional, mental or physical. So when we proudly show our fledgling efforts and don’t get an enthusiastic response we can be very easily crushed.
DON’T DO THIS TO YOURSELF!!!
Not only that – the second and absolutely WORST thing you can do is show them something when it is only half finished. Because – it really is not going to ‘do it ‘ for them. Yes it can sometimes be a long time in the making, several weeks even, however you do no service to either yourself or your creation by presenting it for appraisal before it is complete. Just as we have to put a cake in the oven for a certain period of time to cook or it will just be a runny mess, so too must we allow our creations time to ‘bake’ to perfection. We don’t take the cake out when it’s half cooked and start handing around slices for people to try.
There are many ways to be inspired and I have covered several of them in our converstions here. One easy way to get yourself back into the inspiration zone is to visit one of your favourite places.
What is the place that really speaks to you?
Where in the world makes your heart sing?
Is there more than one place?
So why does this help? Simply because when you go to those places you connect to something deep withing your self . Its like a home coming and often you are impelled from within to respond creatively. Here are two of my favourite places….
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
And another also filled with light and water…..
There is something about both of these places that I am drawn to again and again. I have only been to Venice once but all I have to do is get out my photos and I feel inspired all over again.
What is your special place and how can it inspire you to create something today?