Learn about the important role stillness and relaxation play in being inspired, creative and come up with great ideas and solutions.
Here’s a simple trick to help you get new ideas and inspiration when you’re feeling stuck at a certain task or just in general:
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT and let your subconscious mind figure out the solution! 😉
There’s a few ways to do this:
1) Switch back and forth between different tasks and activities, take breaks
2) Go back and forth between mentally and physically challenging tasks
3) Go to bed and return to the task the next morning
4) Switch up your routine
What do you do when you feel stuck with something?
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!
I love the song “Waiting On The Sun” by Sixpence None The Richer. Especially the above line always touches me in a very profound way…it’s beautiful and melancholic, yet loving and truthful. Nobody likes a perfect, flawless fellow human (that is an oxymoron in and of itself). We often try to highlight our gifts and talents and hide our quirks and flaws, but it’s that unique combination of strength and weakness that make us human, approachable and ultimately lovable. And I think there’s truth in that what you perceive as your biggest weakness is actually your biggest strength…
The character trait I view as my personal double-edged sword is my sensitivity. I’m emotional, introverted and empathetic. I get tired quickly, cry easily and make friends timidly. For many years, I tried to toughen up and suppress my sensitive nature, which only made me feel miserable and didn’t lead anywhere. But I’m slowly learning to accept the gifts this trait brings with it: I’m able to get along with most people and appreciate them for who they are; my intuition is strong and guides me well; I see beauty and magic in the smallest details of every day life.
Do you have a strong temper? Perhaps it just means that you’re passionate about taking action and bringing more justice into the world.
Do you get easily distracted? Perhaps you just have a very vivid imagination and achieve results you own way, thinking around corners, day dreaming and receiving flashes of inspiration.
Do you feel like you’re weird and don’t fit in? Perhaps you’re a natural leader, born to lead the way for your own tribe of unique like-minded people.
What is the one trait you perceive to be “your biggest flaw”?
Once you’ve identified your own “biggest flaw” and the potential gifts in it, can you think back to an instance where this potential gift came out very strongly and saved the day?
It is important to remember that our most prominent character trait is what we make of it: If we suppress and demonize it, it will keep us small and lead us to make mistakes. But if we embrace it and learn to deal with it, it can become our biggest asset. In order to make the best of my sensitivity I’ve had to accumulate a large tool bag filled with exercises for emotional balance and stress management, energy healing tools, a diet and a routine that works for me, affirmations, daily Yoga sessions and daily creative expression.
What actions, rituals, knowledge, tools and exercises would be supportive of YOUR unique superpower? What is ONE THING you can do today that could turn your biggest flaw into your biggest strength?
As usual, I recommend taking baby steps and regular, measurable actions instead of trying to overhaul your life in one big swoop. Learning to live in your superpower requires continuous work. It takes practice and commitment and it won’t always be easy. And there will still be times when your inner demons get the best of you. Sometimes, you will curse the exact thing that makes you YOU. But remember that it’s that vulnerability and that willingness to embrace ALL of yourself, the good, the bad and the ugly, that makes you lovable, endearing and ultimately powerful.
Here’s to your vulnerability, your weakness, your willingness to be yourself, and the whole, beautiful package that is YOU! 🙂
I drew a total of four cards today, many of them cards that have come up quite frequently in the recent past. Certain reminders I can use every day! Certain thoughts, ideas and messages are like anchors to me – as long as I remember them, they ground me, calm me down, make me smile and give me strength.
The message that came through the loudest between those anchors though is this:
As I took a close look at each card today, the detail that struck me the most are the feathers the angel in the Spiritual Growth card is letting go of…they just gracefully slide off her hands, and down to the ground.
I can think of several things I can let go of today: Perfectionism, the feeling of not doing enough for my business, the fear that I won’t be able to sell my old car for as much as I’d hoped for.
I know how important it is for me to stay grounded at all times. One visualization I practice quite frequently is to see tree roots growing out of my feet and down into the earth, and sending all excess energy and stuff that doesn’t serve me anymore to the center of the earth. Then I draw nourishing earth energy up into my body.
The thing that seems really important to me today is to let go gracefully. Instead of coming from this hectic place of anxiety, manically throwing energies, thoughts and emotions down my grounding cord, I want to let go of everything that doesn’t serve me anymore with grace and ease. Today, I’m visualizing old, stagnant energy floating down through my root system and into the earth as gently as feathers!
What this does for me is create an immense feeling of inner peace and calm. I feel grounded and connected, but at the same time light, graceful and soft.
If you imagine anxiety, overwhelm and hustling look like sharp zigzag edges, grace looks like rounded, flowing waves and streaks. Today I’m inviting in this soft, graceful energy, and I’m hoping to infuse everything I do today with grace, love and ease.
Take some time this weekend to let go of some old gunk, may it be physically, emotionally or mentally. Take some time to rest and recharge. We need to let go of the old so we call fill up with fresh energy and inspiration!
Today is a special day numbers wise: 11/11! The two elevens mean that our thoughts manifest rapidly on this day, and therefore we need to pay extra attention to what we focus our energies on. In order to manifest what we want, we need to think and daydream about it – and avoid thoughts that are fueled by fear and worries!
Yes, you have permission to daydream today. And dream big, if you may! 😉
With that in mind, it’s interesting that the Truth & Integrity card came up in my morning reading. Fears, worries and doubts are NOT our truth. Our Higher Self is all about confidence, courage, clarity and compassion (pretty catchy alliteration here 😛).
So I asked myself if there is anything in my life right now that’s out of integrity with my truth and my highest intentions…and what things have held me back in the past from being fully, authentically expressive. Common themes are:
“I don’t want to ask this question/ask for help right now because I don’t want to bother this person”
“I’ll look stupid if I ask this question/make this request. I should be old enough to figure it out myself”
“Everyone will be disappointed if I say no to this/quit this opportunity”
“I’m not worthy of receiving X, so there’s no point in asking for it”
So it’s all about fear. Fear of rejection, fear of judgement, fear of not being enough. The ego telling me that I’m not worthy, not deserving, not lovable. In order to be my authentic self, I need to let go of these fears and connect to my Higher Self – which is easiest for me when I ask the angels for help!
So this morning, I texted my husband with a request, even though my ego was playing its old song in the back of my head: “Don’t bother him while he’s at work, he’s got better things to do right now! He might judge you!” But I asked anyway, because we’re a team, we make decisions together, we support each other…and we love each other! So what’s there to fear?
Sure enough, the reply was supportive and helpful – and didn’t sound bothered at all. And that’s the thing: Whenever I DO speak my mind, I get good results, support, respect, advice. But for some reason, my mind keeps making up stories about looming judgements, criticism and unworthiness…it definitely takes presence of mind and discernment to distinguish between the voice of the ego and the voice of the soul!
The second card I pulled today provides a clue on how the soul speaks to us: through Ideas & Inspiration.
Thoughts that start with “Hey, I could do this!” or “I know that X” often come from our Higher Self. They have a light, expansive, creative quality to them, and they seem to come from somewhere above. Thoughts like “I really should…” or “I can’t do that!” often originate from the ego. They feel more contractive, and you can feel fear tightening up your stomach when you think them!
Paying attention to your bodily reactions can be super helpful in determining whether a thought comes from the ego or the soul: A “What if” question feels very different if it’s a fearful worry or an exciting discovery!
For me, connecting to my Higher Self and quieting the voice of my ego can be very challenging at times. That’s where the angels can provide guidance, support and courage. The more I speak to my angels, the more I’m able to make good decisions and live in integrity with my truth! 😃
Thank you dear angels. ♡
Being yourself is so rewarding! I’m wishing you all the courage and support you need to live in alignment with your soul!
After hearing the unsettling results from yesterday’s election, I asked the angels how to best deal with the upcoming political changes. Their answer was, as always, accurate, comforting and inspiring!
The first card that came up is Balance reversed, like a confirmation that there’s not much balance in the political world in general, that the 2016 presidential election has absolutely polarized and split America in half, and that we probably can’t expect a very balanced approach from president Trump.
A reverse card can signal a block in this area and asks us to pay close attention to this topic, in this case balance. But a reverse card can also mean a shift of perspective from the outside to the inside: In other words, in a world that seems to get more complicated by the day, how can we cultivate inner balance to give us strength, clarity and a sense of harmony – so we can face any outer challenges with grace, kindness and love?
Secondly, the Friendship card came up. To me this is a clear reminder to focus on community and loving, supportive relationships, and let go of judgements, prejudices and hate.
Thirdly, and this fits just so beautifully, I drew the Serenity card. It is another way of the angels saying that we need to create inner peace for outer peace to become possible. So often we say “How can I be happy and calm when there are so many bad things happening in the world?” But the thing is, how can you make a change when you are not feeling happy and peaceful inside? Hateful, upset and hasty reactions will only continue the cycle of fear and hate.
Working on your own sense of compassion and inner harmony doesn’t mean turning a blind eye to the challenges, injustices and wars happening in the world; it means sending love and prayers, staying non-judgemental, understanding and compassionate, building awareness in yourself and others, and taking conscious, empowered action.
I find it interesting, too, that the colors dominating today’s spread are white and shades of green: The colors of the heart and crown chakra, reminding us to shift from the sense of fear and survival in the lower chakras to the unconditional love and divine connection in the upper chakras. Don’t just default to rage, or to saying that all hope is lost – stay open for new solutions to come our way and stay open for new opportunities of growth.
Stay in the love, my friend!
Sending prayers, compassion and strength to the US today!
This past week, my parents came all the way from Germany to visit me in California for the very first time. We had a wonderful time together, chatting, laughing, sightseeing, cooking and eating together, and I was sad to come back home to an empty house after I had dropped them off at the airport again.
But overall, the feeling that has stayed with me more than anything else is a warm, expansive, yet humble sense of gratitude: I feel so blessed to have such wonderful family, such a lovely little home, beautiful nature all around me, a job I enjoy, enough money to live comfortably…I feel so blessed for all that I have. There’s so much to love in my life! 😃
I think what caused this renewed feeling of appreciation is showing my parents around and experiencing their excitement, curiosity and wonder at seeing all the places they’ve heard of, but never seen before. I felt proud when they said that our apartment is really cute and cozy and shared their feelings of awe and appreciation when we checked out beautiful views of the bay, the ocean and the redwood trees. I felt amused seeing my dad’s childlike excitement at his first trip to Trader Joe’s, and nothing but love and gratitude seeing my parents meet my mother in law for the first time. She actually cried a little…it was a really touching moment.
This feeling of adventure and learning new things has been contagious to me! It has allowed me to step back from everyday life and see all the beauty and blessings around me with new eyes, and take some of the downsides of the Bay Area (like lots of rush hour traffic and not enough rain for instance) with grace and humor.
So often we are excited about some new found love or beauty, but quickly fall into a state of routine and normalcy. Especially when things get hectic and busy, as they often do in modern life! But it’s so important to step back and look at our lives from the distance, observe consciously and notice the beauty that lies in the small details. Instead of being stuck in our regular perspective, we find new ways of looking at familiar things and people. Both the birds-eye view of seeing the bigger picture and the microscopic view on the little details can be a refreshing and rejuvenating sight!
We are so used to always seeking a new thrill, the newest trend, a new type of sensory stimulation, when it can be just as satisfying to look at something familiar with new eyes. And this practice also helps us in the problem-solving department, as we learn to step back, look at the same situation from a new perspective and find creative and innovative solutions. Furthermore, this process can teach us compassion, tolerance, curiosity, gratitude, humility and grace. And in my point of view, it doesn’t hurt to add a little more of these “softer” qualities to the go-go-go mentality of the modern world. It’s all about balance!
My parents visit has definitely been a refreshing change of routine, and it feels so good to be filled up with gratitude, blessings and loving memories. Whenever you feel stuck in a rut, stressed out or bored, try looking at the things in your life like you’re seeing them for the first time. Try seeing your surroundings through the eyes of a child. Take some time to just be, have fun, laugh, and turn off your brain. Just for a little while 😉 Connect to your heart and remember what made you fall in love with your partner, your apartment, your job or that shirt you’re wearing today. It makes all the difference in moving from depression, stress and worries into a state of love, wholeness and joy!
Please share in the comments: What are 3 things you truly appreciate about your life?
Have a lovely, rejuvenating week! 😃