Learn about the important role stillness and relaxation play in being inspired, creative and come up with great ideas and solutions.
There’s something incredibly healing about silence.
Sometimes when I feel anxious, overwhelmed or just kind of “off”, it’s nice to turn off all distractions and just bask in sweet, nourishing silence. I can instantly feel my nervous system relaxing. I can almost hear it sigh in relief. Music is great, talking is great, but there’s something about complete silence that allows you to truly reconnect with yourself. It’s deeply cleansing. It’s comforting. It’s a surefire way to clarity and peace.
Sometimes, silence can be scary.
I know it used to be for me. I’d make sure that I was always busy and distracted because I was afraid of what might come up in quiet and solitude. But I’ve learned to appreciate the richness of silence: Only in silence can you start to hear God.
Every time you pray for guidance or relief or a solution, it’s equally important to take time to be still and listen. If you’re wondering where God’s answers are and if he’s even listening, chances are that you haven’t taken the time to actually listen for the answer. Chances are that your life is so full and busy that there’s simply no room for guidance and inspiration to come in.
And that’s why I love silence – all the wisdom of the Universe can be found in a couple minutes of stillness.
When was the last time you took time to bask in silence? Is silence intimidating to you?
I never thought that I’d meet my soulmate as early as I did. I was 20 years old when I met him, and got married two years later – despite the fact that he’s American and I’m from Germany, and despite an age difference of nine and a half years. Our story has been quite magical indeed, and I’m grateful every day for having this wonderful man in my life.
That being said, manifesting a fulfilling career and financial ease hasn’t been quite as “easy” as attracting my beloved, despite doing lots of inner work on my chakras, my money blocks and my sense of self-worth. Despite using affirmations and visualizations, investing in courses and certifications and being generally well supported by my family and friends. So why is this career part so much harder for me to manifest than the soulmate part?
And I’m saying this from a place of humility, openness and gratitude. I absolutely appreciate what I have – but I also know in the depth of my heart that there’s more…
And I think I may have cracked the code.
First of all, here’s what I’ve already known about manifesting:
So you see, I’ve already known a lot about manifesting. Way more than when I was 20 years old! So what did I do intuitively different as a teenager?
I used the power of music to instantly and effortlessly raise my vibration.
I daydreamed every day as I listened to empowering music, music that made me feel larger than life and like I could accomplish anything.
As a romantic, dreamy and sensitive teen, I mostly daydreamed about finding my soulmate. I dreamed about what he might look like, how we would meet and fall in love. I dreamed of a bearded rock star guy with long hair, a bass player to be specific…somehow I’ve always had a thing for bass players 😉
So when I ran into my now-husband, it was love at first sight. He was everything I dreamed he would be, and even more. (Yes, he is a bass player, has a well-groomed beard and gorgeous long hair <3)
But, back to the music: Even though I’m listening to music all the time, it’s mostly as background or sing-along music. Two nights ago though I listened to a really great CD and played Dr. Mario (I know! LOL) on the Nintendo, simply as a way to keep my hands busy as I was soaking up the music. And that’s where it hit me, that that’s the way I effortlessly and intuitively manifested my soulmate – and that I could use this technique again to manifest whatever else I want in life.
It’s this simple combination of vivid daydreaming with the high-vibe inducing power of music. And it doesn’t matter what kind of music it is: Whatever makes you feel empowered, strong and like a total bad-ass works 🙂 The only important thing is that you’re 100% present and really listening to the music – it doesn’t work as well when the music is just in the background or your listening while you’re driving or doing chores.
Look at it as an active meditation/daydreaming practice with your favorite music playing. Sounds pretty cool, right? 😉
Obviously, I still have to experiment with this. But I’ll be sure to make it a regular habit again and to let you know what results I’m getting 😉
My current affirmations are this:
“I know and trust that the money I spend comes back to me manifold, guaranteed, easily and effortlessly.”
“I am attracting two new clients for my copywriting business in the next 6 weeks. They will be inspiring and passionate people who are happy to pay me because they can feel that working together is for the highest good of all.”
Well, let’s see what happens!
What do you think of this idea? How do you use the uplifting power of music in your life? What’s your favorite high-vibe music? Please share in the comments below 🙂
Much love and rock on! 😀
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I’ve come to realize that approximately 90% of my life have gone by without me fully being there.
You see, as a highly sensitive person my nervous system filters out less information than the nervous system of a more “hardy” person (that’s the actual scientific term). I’m especially prone to picking up other people’s energies and absorbing a never ending flood of sensory and mental information, to a point where I often forget who I actually am. Is this really my opinion or did I just pick this up from the person I’ve just talked to? Do I really want to do this or am I just receiving the information that someone else wants me to do this? Do I really want this product or service or have I just absorbed a very strong, effective marketing message?
Whenever you’re not 100% in yourself, fear comes up, a very existential fear of not being there. Because you aren’t fully there: A big part of you is filled up with outside energies and other people’s stuff. The result: A constant sense of low-level anxiety, lots of worries, and a gut-clenching fear of really showing yourself. Because when you fully expose yourself, the last few pieces that remain of the true You may be taken away as well and replaced by something from the outside.
It’s not that I’ve never felt complete before. In fact, I can exactly recall the feeling of being whole and complete; this feeling of being completely held and supported. This feeling of filling out my body completely and actually going even beyond that. This feeling of being bigger than my body and larger than life and fully saturated. You can even see it in my posture: When I am feeling whole and complete, my chest is open, my shoulders roll back and down, my chin is up and I am standing upright.
Alas, 90% of the time, I am not feeling this way. 90% of the time I’m allowing something or someone else to enter my space and making itself at home there. 90% of the time I’m afraid, feeling incomplete, ungrounded and perforated. FRACTURED.
I am beginning to understand why I’ve been having such a hard time speaking my truth, showing myself to the world, building intimate relationships and committing to MY life completely. Why I’m often tired and feel the need to shut down; why I’m having a strained relationship with money; why I’m so shy and fearful around people. Why my posture is often hunched forward, making myself literally smaller than I am, my rounded shoulders trying to provide a protective cage around my heart.
That’s why there’s walls and mirrors around me, a whole fortress of protective mechanisms; but it’s a futile attempt. I’m still losing myself in the world. And unfortunately, I am at the same time isolating myself from those people and things that are supportive to me. I am isolating myself from deep friendships, more money, a successful career, fun and laughter, intimacy and fulfillment.
I made a promise to myself when I was 14 years old to tear down the walls around me and allow myself to FEEL. But it looks like I did an incomplete job; the walls turned into mirrors, got more sophisticated, more sneaky, hidden and unpredictable. But at the end of the day, a big part of my life has still been ruled by fear. A big part of my life has still been spent worrying, being afraid, stressing out, feeling stuck, hanging onto the past, hanging onto my comfort zone.
Instead of being fully present and fully in my body and my Self, I’ve wasted energy worrying what other people may think, how to find the right words, I’ve beaten myself up for past mistakes, worried about the future, feeling overwhelmed, holding onto my security blanket, feeling paralyzed. Sure, I’ve learned about grounding and letting go and forgiveness, and I’ve gotten better at releasing stuff that isn’t mine; but I can still see that the times I’m actually 100% present and complete are few and far between.
Yesterday I talked to a wonderful coach in the morning and had a huge shift. I could literally feel my aura that was sunken in and perforated before growing big, whole and filled out. My posture changed. My mindset changed. Instead of feeling like I’m just a bystander of my life, trying to look from the outside in and fixing things from the outside, I felt like I was at the control panel again, in the driver’s seat. I was looking out from the inside, from the full, whole, healed center of my being.
So that’s what it’s like to be filled up! To be complete. To be 100% there. To feel like you can accomplish anything in life, because you know you’re supported, held and fully standing in your power. To trust that you are an unlimited source of YOU, and therefore you’re free to share as much or as little of yourself as you’d like to. No more fears of lack and losing yourself. Heck, you might even grow bigger and MORE fulfilled by showing yourself as you are and sharing your beautiful, radiant energy!
You know exactly what space you fill out, now that you OWN that space. It’s a source of confidence, success and LOVE.
The fractured Self is ruled by fear. Fear is what seeps into the holes, if you let it. Love is the glue that binds and heals and makes you whole and complete again. From here on out I vow to show up fully to my life, to every day and every moment; to stop making excuses; to let go of fear, become larger than life and make every decision coming from a place of wholeness, power, trust and Love.
And so it is.
I don’t believe in writer’s block.
There, I said it. It’s this one thing every writer, artist, musician and other creative person fears: the lack of ideas and inspiration, a blank space inside where creativity should be bubbling merrily at all times. It’s a vicious cycle: The more you try to force ideas to come out, the more blocked, stuck and empty you feel…
And that’s the exact problem: We can’t force creativity. Why? Because in my opinion, it’s not ours to begin with. I believe that all ideas come from our higher power, from God, the Unified Field, the Universe, or however you choose to call it. We can’t tell God what to do; and we can’t force wisdom, inspiration and results from divine hands.
What we can do, and have to do in order to find inspiration, is opening up to receiving. I believe that any creative process starts with receiving, with listening. With being still. With letting go of fears and expectations. It requires being okay with not knowing all the answers. With not knowing what to do next.
Sometimes we are so busy that we forget to listen. Or we tell ourselves that we don’t have time to take a break and be still. That’s when our minds are so full and our bodies so tense that we shut off the pathway to receiving. I myself have been having a hard time writing lately. There simply hasn’t been any space or time to open up to new ideas and bring them to life:
My hubby and I flew home from Germany on Wednesday, including a three-hour delay, a stop at the immigration office because I had brought an expired Green Card (silly mistake that added a lot of extra worries to the trip) and an incident at Bart that forced us to take a Lyft halfway across SF in the rain. Luckily our good friend was able to give us a ride from there and we got home around 8 pm, about four hours later than anticipated. Long travels, for sure…
I went straight back to work the next day, and between feeling the jet lag, readjusting and working in some cold, stormy and rainy weather I’ve not been feeling compelled to do anything more than the absolute necessary. And you know what? That’s totally fine with me. Because it really only makes sense: When my brain is filled to the brim and my body is busy recovering from traveling and adjusting to a different time zone, there simply is no space open for inspiration to come in, and no energy left to take action and create something.
Cause that’s the second part of any creative process: Taking action on the inspiration we receive. By bringing ideas into form, we show our appreciation and gratitude for the inspiration we’ve received and we actively do our divine work on this planet.
If you are feeling uninspired and unmotivated, one of the two steps is missing: You’re either not creating space to go inwards, listen, and receive; or you’re not making time to take action on the ideas received. When you’re sitting in front of a blank Word document on your computer trying to force ideas to come out, you may have made time to take action, but you haven’t first made space inside of yourself first to invite inspiration in. Perhaps you could meditate, do Yoga, go for a walk in nature, read an inspiring book, clean up your house or simply enjoy a few minutes of silence without any electronic distractions. Sometimes, like in my case, both steps are missing: These past few days I’ve had no capacity left for creativity at all, neither time-wise nor mindset-wise.
Today though, I knew I had this hour between my morning Yoga session and going to work that I could use for writing. I sat down not knowing what would happen. I just showed up, emptied my mind and made space for a message to come through, whatever message God/The Universe saw fit at the time. And, sure enough, this article came through. It is a truly humbling process: I made room for a meditative mindset, I made time to take action, and boom – there came the idea to write about writer’s block.
In the words of Marianne Williamson: “You’re not the water; you’re the faucet!” As soon as we realize that ideas aren’t ours to claim and to force into existence, we start to soften up and open up to receiving. As soon as the ego steps aside and we surrender, we turn on the faucet.
The beauty of all this is that we ARE part of our creator. We are at all times connected to an infinite source of inspiration, so we can at all times receive as many ideas as we want, need, and are willing to take action on. All we need to do is to stop struggling and start receiving.
And so it is.
Much love and inspiration for this week!