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" I could almost hear creativity talking to me while I spun off into fear and doubt. Stay with me, it would say. Come back to me. Trust me."
- Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
What inner voice do you focus on the most? The Inner Critic's or Creativity's?
The Inner Critic keeps reminding you of your shortcomings, your "failures", the reasons why you don't deserve what you desire or that tries to convince you that your dreams are too big.
Creativity encourages you, reminds you of your gifts, talents, passions, and purpose.
Which one do you want to focus on today? I invite you to intentionally redirect your focus by talking to Creativity (out loud or not) and asking her/him/it questions like:
- Is that the truth about me and about what's possible?
- What would you like me to create in this moment?
- How can I take care of myself today?
- What would you like me to wear?
- What music would you like me to dance to?
Enjoy building this new relationship!
Are you aware of the box you live in? You know the box you created a long time ago to protect yourself?
The box is the paradigm you live in, it is how you see and experience life, it has limits.
A box can be comforting and give a sense of security so it's not bad in itself, until it prevents you to be free and be yourself. Even when you get out of one box, it's to step into an other one... a bigger one, with more space to move, and more things to see and explore. The challenge is not to live in a box but to realize when it has became too small and to know when to jump out of it.
What does yours look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like?
If you could name your box, what would it be?
- "Be Nice or else..."?
- "This is all I can amount to"?
- "This is the way it's always been"?
- "Don't talk too much"?
- "Don't make too much wave"?
- "Don't be so emotional"?
- "Not this way, that way"?
Is it time for you to step out?
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules,
making mistakes, and having fun!" - Mary Lou Cook
Let's make it our intention to do one thing from this list today! Remember, creativity is not just about making art, far from it. Creativity is the umbrella under which art resides as well as looking at our thoughts and beliefs with different perspectives, questioning what society is feeding us (literally and figuratively), raising empowered children, finding solutions to our problems, and so much more.
How do you choose to be creative today? Oh, and don't forget to have fun!
How do you learn to do something new?
How do you find your own voice?
I recently signed up for an art class with Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts: Ever After. The goal is to explore different styles and find my own as an artist. Tamara said something that shocked me at first: "It's ok to copy other artists in order to find your style, your voice (as long as you don't take credit for it and don't sell the product created).''
I used to think that I had to come up with something new and original for even calling myself an artist/creator. Needless to say that this way of thinking got me stuck and paralyzed me many times. I stopped myself from creating any art because I knew that it had already been done, it wasn't original, and I had put the pressure on myself that I had to know already how to do things (but this is an other story). I know, silly, right?
I could just hear my teachers in my head saying how bad and wrong it was to copy. I had to change the channel in my head to allow myself to do it anyway, at least try and see what would happen.
Did you know that even the great masters copied their own master for years before finding their style?
By going through this class, I also notice that even if I copy the composition of the teacher, my painting is different. So really, to find your voice, all it takes is being in action, doing what you are inspired to do, practice and keep practicing knowing that your own voice is emerging in parallel to your self-confidence.
Do not stop yourself from creating and exploring by copying, it's ok... know that it's one way find your own unique voice. I see this example from my creative life applies to many other areas of my life. I invite you to explore where in your life do you stop yourself from dreaming, doing something or expressing yourself because you think that it's not original, unique, new, or that it won't be good enough.
Have fun creating!
I am an intuitive artist, Intentional Creativity ® Coach, Color of Woman Teacher, certified law of attraction coach, wife, mom and so much more! I love all things spiritual. I believe that the questions are much more valuable than the answers and it's why I live in a constant inquiry. Welcome in my world. Get a cup of coffee and spend some time dreaming with me.