Photo / Rita Astrovich
Okay party people - let’s talk about the joyful business of sticking to it.
The IT being the creative magic you are here to cultivate in whatever way best reflects your truest truth.
This doesn’t mean your creativity has to be your avocation, or anything you get paid for or even something other people see.
Your creativity is a channel you tend and tune into.
It’s how you communicate with paradox, receive messages from the spirit of inspiration, understand your human experience and move the turbulent, magnificent energy of your emotional body, so it doesn’t leave you pancake flattened on the floor.
Creativity is vitality’s soulmate.
I want to offer four essential GUIDEPOSTS to help you orient your creative process and figure out how best to sustain your radiance.
They are easy to recite and can be memorized for quick access when in a crisis state of STUCK.
Let it flow. Let it grow. Let it glow. Let it go. Yes. I know. It rhymes.
And it seems simple. And potentially abstract.
But the timeless, nature based metaphors always carry us home.
Because nature gets it. Her patterns - they line the map.
Let It Flow:
When you feel the first flicker of a creative impulse, notice what rushes in to shut you down. Center yourself in a neutral place of witnessing, so you can identify with something beyond the critic.
You know the critic? The one who says, oh real original, where did you come up with that idea?
Someone else has already done it.
I’m not good enough to even attempt something like that.
Be ready to see all the resistances without giving them too much attention.
Keep walking forward as you nod and acknowledge their presence.
This is the time to be no holds barred with the raw material of your creative inspiration.
Let it flow. Let the idea come out in its messiest, first instinct form.
Let it be as unfiltered as possible, so you have something raucously authentic to work with.
Don’t even think about censoring, editing, trimming or re-doing.
First things first. FLOW.
Let It Grow:
How do you get your garden to produce shiny, purple eggplants or your flower bed to sprout scarlet zinnias and canary yellow sunflowers?
Well, first of all - you don’t ‘get’ it to do anything. Nature is its own magic and knows exactly what to do with itself.
You plant seeds. Then, you provide presence, observation, structure and support.
You create well designed beds that will thrive. When more water is needed, you supply it. When things get tangled, you pull weeds. This is also true for your creative process.
Plant the seed of your idea and then provide it presence, observation, structure and support, so it can grow. Experiment with and develop structures that help you stay accountable to your seed's maturation. Learn yourself and your own foibles.
How can self-discipline help you thrive? What does self-discipline look like in the first place? It can't look like anyone else's version if it doesn't feel real in your own body.
What self-care practices do you need to generate so you can run the imagination marathon?
Begin to implement them. Don't take your self-care for granted.
You are the instrument through which the creative force is moving. Stay well tuned.
Remember, of course, to keep your grip loose. Our creative ideas, like actual seeds, know how to seek light. They are meant to do just that.
We are the lucky conduits through which they bloom.
Let It Glow:
Your creative idea has blossomed into its full expression!
Give it opportunities to radiate its magic. This part requires courage and tenderness in equal measure. Do the inward searching necessary to understand the best format through which to share your creation.
Perhaps it needs the attention of a loved one. Perhaps it needs a room full of people you've never met. Or, if your creative expression is a private experience, allow it space within your own heart, so it may offer its full medicine and beauty to you.
Don’t rush away too fast from what you consider finished.
This is the time when the fruit is ripe. Savor its sweetness.
Let It Go:
You opened the channel for optimal flow. You nurtured the seeds until they grew into their full expression. You danced beneath the light of your wild, perfect harvest.
Now craft the ritual that will help you honor it.
Offer your gratitude.
Reflect on your learning.
Know it will be there to greet you, should you want to return and remember.
It is time to let it go, completely.
Bid it farewell.
Let go of the ways in which you allowed it to define you as a creator.
That was one creation. There will be another. Nothing is the same. Ever.
You are not what you create.
You are the sacred vessel through which creative energy moves.
Celebrate the releasing as much as you celebrated the completing.
Releasing clears the path ahead and the ground is dusted with stars.
It is lit by holy mystery.
You are ready for this.
The only thing left to do is the only thing we can do, every moment on this earth.
Breathe. Soften. Ask ourselves patiently, with the cadence of a song,
“What’s next, my love?”