It makes me happy to know that you are watching my weekly Upshifting Vlog. Do you remember a time when an art teacher gave you a low grade, a family member made fun of your dancing, or a friend looked at your sketch and said she had seen better?
When we were kids, creative living was very natural for us. But over time, education, the real world, and life’s challenges have drained our creativity and made it less important for us. We are trained to believe that creativity exists only in making art. If we’re not gifted in art-making, we think that we are not creative.
Creativity, as I define it, is an everyday spiritual practice of imagination, expression, and curiosity.
Creativity cannot be measured by the end product or the result. Creativity can only be measured by the process.
I love what Elizabeth Gilbert wrote in her book Big Magic:
“When I talk about creative living, please understand that I’m not necessarily talking about pursuing a life that is professionally or exclusively devoted to art. I’m not saying that you must become a poet who lives on a mountaintop in Greece or that you must perform at Carnegie Hall. I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”
Creativity is a spiritual practice.
Our mission as Beacons of Change is to live at full power. That’s how we serve. We can only live at full power if we are fully connected with our inner light.
When we create, our souls shine, and our inner goddesses are happy.
Creative living allows us to connect with spirituality. Creativity is bigger than us.
When we were kids, we had so much more imagination and curiosity in our lives. Let’s bring imagination and curiosity back.
I want to share a word with those of you who are empaths.
As an empath, I have days when I’m operating an “always on” mindset. On those evenings, it’s really hard for me to wind down because my mind continues to process all the energy that I absorbed during the day. That’s the story of my life as an empath.
My 22 years of self-Reiki practice—of giving Reiki to myself—is really my “go-to” practice when I want to switch gears. It puts me in a state of relaxation and peace, but my soul often craves more. My soul wants me to be engaged in a creative process that puts me in the zone.
Art-making uplifts my spirit and makes my inner goddess shine. If you don’t enjoy making art, then expressing your creativity in a different way may do the same for you.
Just to inspire you, one of my favorite creative projects is painting mandalas on rocks. I have my basket of markers (these are the markers that I like to use), and I spend 10 or 15 minutes most evenings (though not all!) when my soul really craves some creativity. Lately, I have enjoyed spending time creating mandalas on wood as you can see in the video.
Upshifting Mission of the Week:
Choose a creative project that uplifts your spirit and makes your inner goddess shine.
There are so many ways that you can bring creative thinking or creative doing into your life.
Sticky Note of the Week:
I choose to create
is part of my spiritual journey.
REMEMBER: Creativity is an everyday spiritual practice of imagination, expression, and curiosity.
I would love to hear from you about a creative project that you like to engage in. Either write in the comments area or drop me a quick note and share your project.
I am honored to continue to inspire you with upshifting ideas every week. Until next time, shine on!