(SeLoFest17 Post: Day 8, click here for all prompts so far)
For this Beta version of the SeLoFest workshop (I offer this workshop as a “realtime” face to face workshop with me on location) I use books to help me perfect how I present my theories, and so that I can offer meaningful activities that help you access your self-confidence in ways that are supported by experts in the field of creativity, inspiration, courage, vulnerability, and confidence. All which are tools in manifesting and practicing self-love. In The Artist’s way, by Julia Cameron, she begins the book by speaking about God and how one might define it, since in the book she explains God to be the Creator, but that in essence you can define that energy however you want, and stay agnostic or atheist if that is how you define yourself when it comes to Spiritual matters.
However, like Julia, I believe that creativity is a spiritual practice, and that even if we consider ourselves to be Agnostic or Atheist, we must embrace the spiritual side of the creative side that we all undeniably have in order to be able to embrace it in its full unpredictable and unlimited glory. So while today’s art exercise is simple, the creative work is internal.
The Prompt: What is inspiration to you?
The activity: set the mood for yourself to free form write. Make a point to have an hour (at least) to not be interrupted, put your cellphone somewhere where it will not bother you, and set lighting, music, the space around you in a way that allows you to feel comfortable, and creative. Think about how you would explain inspiration to someone who is not you and has never felt inspired the way you have. Think about what inspires you. Think about moments that you have felt inspired, what did it for you, who did it for you. Why do you think those particular things inspire you? Explore within yourself and try to be as descriptive as possible. Allow yourself to write without thinking. Then allow yourself to think about the following statements in regards to you as a creator, someone that is artistic and full of inspiration:
- Stop telling yourself “it’s too late”
- Stop waiting until you make enough money to do something you’d really love.
- Stop telling yourself, “it’s just my ego” whenever you yearn for a more creative life.
- Stop telling yourself that your dreams don’t matter, that they are only dreams and that you should be more sensible.
- Stop fearing that your family and friends would think you crazy.
- Stop telling yourself that creativity is a luxury and that you should be grateful for what you’ve got.
Think about these statements and feel them around in your heart.
In your journal: Is where you should freeform write about inspiration, and also write out the “stop” statements above, perhaps choosing those that truly apply to you and then writing out where those beliefs come from, how they may have limited you. Take this time to free yourselves of false and limiting beliefs. You choose what is true and what isn’t for you based on what you want and are willing to do. Explore that in your journal.
We all have creative powers, admit this to yourself, tap into it, and the world’s magic will be more visible to you.