Wherever you go, there you are." Jon Kabat-Zinn
I have to laugh at myself for using the word “limitations” in conjunction with posts about creativity, for the truth of the matter is there is no such thing as limitations when it concerns creativity. There are only perceived limitations. We always have an internal source -- our Selves – to turn to.
The best source of inspiration is what lies within us.
We may be short on external factors, as I described in my previous post (http://bit.ly/2nKbclu) but we always have the possibility of using an internal source for inspiration. No matter where we are, we have the opportunity and the ability to tap into our heart, spirit and soul. Each of those three elicits its own form of inspiration. I have my own definitions for these, but I encourage you to come up with your own definition.
We access our --
- heart to tap into our emotions, our
- spirit to clarify our passions, and understand what drives our energy, and our
- soul to discover what we bring into this lifetime from other lifetimes, or the collective unconscious.
To access any of these three internal sources of inspiration, we need to claim alone time and find a quiet, healing place in which to be alone. To be creative we need to be relaxed and focused.
In this busy, fast-moving culture it is sometimes hard to find time and space for ourselves. By this I do not mean sitting still in a corner all by our selves -- although it could mean meditating in a safe place and in a seated position. But, it could also mean taking a slow, mindful walk in a quiet place such as a beach, woods, or walking path. As you continue to read, think of a safe place for you to be alone and quiet.
There is added value in doing this. Beyond supporting creativity, the act of taping into these three aspects of our inner Self, helps us discover more about who we are -- especially if we are harboring self-imposed limitations or a perceived audience, such as a critical inner voice that diminishes or demeans our creativity.
The actor Alan Alda says, "Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been." And that doesn't mean a new country. That means going deeper within.
When you are able to move into a quiet, peaceful place, there are various activities that you can engage in to help trigger inspiration:
- Guided imagery
- Word association
- Dream interpretation
- Journaling with your non-dominant hand
- Emotional painting.
Remember, our physical situations are not as important to creativity as we think, because no matter where we go, we always have our self to tap into for inspiration. When we do, the results can be powerful.
This quote, "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." by the spiritual leader, Henry Ward Beecher explains why I used the photo above to head this post. Notice how the artist has beautifully portrayed her essence.
I will be following this post with some that discuss how to use the five meditative activities. I listed above. If any of these techniques appeal to you, and you are willing to experiment, let me know and I will use your experience (anonymously) as an example in one of my posts.