My study of Feng Shui helped me understand how the quality of light in a space affects the way the space feels. When there’s abundant light in a space it feels warm and welcoming. The absence of light creates lethargy and in the long-term, depression. Light is energy.
Just as the quality of light in an environment creates energy, the light inside us all is key to inspiration. Inspiration means, quite literally, being in Spirit.
Being in Spirit can be described as feeling grounded or being in the present moment. You’re in the flow. And when you’re in the flow, you’re open to new ideas. Ideas simply pop into your head. You may receive an answer to a problem, insight into a new way of doing something, or a fresh approach to a dilemma.
Inspiration is always available to you. It’s the perpetual light inside of you. Sometimes negative thoughts cloud over the ability to connect to inspiration. Negative thoughts can create a writer’s block or burnout or depression. Regardless of what we call it, the problem is that we’re not connecting with our inner spirit or light. The problem ISN’T that we don’t have any more light.
When I hear someone say “I’m not creative” I think, “That statement couldn’t be further from the truth.” Every one of us is creative because we are spiritual beings. You may not feel inspired to decorate a room, or paint a still-life landscape, but that’s not the essence of creativity. Creativity is the result of connecting to inspiration. It can be manifested by deciding to take your dog to a new park or picking colorful files for your office or simply cleaning your home differently than you usually do. Creativity is not reserved for the arts.
Think of each day as a creative experience, it is yours to paint the way you choose. If you connect to inspiration you will absolutely have a fulfilling and energized day. You can bring new energy and ideas to the mundane. You create the day you want to have by your choice of either connecting to Spirit or by blocking off your light with dark clouds of anxiety or living in the future or in the past. Inspiration is found in the present moment. This is where ideas spring forth. In this state of being you can connect with your inner self which inevitably connects you to inspiration.
When it comes to decorating your home it’s creativity and not the size of your budget that’s most important. Decorating can re-connect you with your creativity. And rest assured, you ARE a creative person. Creativity never wanes, we’re born with it. It is inspiration. It is Spirit. Spirit is abundant and can never be extinguished. When you access your Spirit, you’ll find yourself naturally energized and focused. You’ll find yourself being rather than reacting.
How do you begin? Become the child you were. Before you felt the demands life and fear of the wreckage of the future, all you had to think about was right now. That gave you freedom to create. To make things like macaroni necklaces, tuna-fish-can Christmas ornaments, and Easy-Bake Oven cakes. When you’re in the present moment, not thinking about the past, not worried about the future, and fully engaged with what you’re doing you are inspired. Creating allows you to access the present moment. So even if you’re not there when you start, you’ll can find it if you fully give yourself to your project.
You can be creative in everything you do, whether it’s writing out a grocery list with a pink marker or selecting fun words to use in a conversation.
Need a nudge? Here are some ideas to connect you with your inspiration.
- Schedule an hour in a hobby store. You don’t have to commit to buying anything, just see what speaks to you. They may have a class that sounds interesting you can sign up for just for fun.
- Your home is full of creative projects. If you’ve got worn-out wood or metal items revitalize them with a can of spray paint. Find something that you’d like to restore and then spray-paint it with a color you love.
- Put together a collage with pictures and words that inspire you or things you’d like to create in your life.
- Paint the outside of small flower pots.
- Go to a toy store and meander. Buy something that you liked to play with as a child. Place it in a prominent place in your home or office for inspiration.
- Write about things you liked to do as a child.
- Find an easy, yummy recipe and make it.
- Take photos of nature. If you don’t have a camera, a disposal camera works great. Put together a piece of wall art with the photos.
- Go somewhere different. A park, a museum, a new bookstore or library.
- Arrange or re-arrange things that you collect. Do you collect shells, books, or photographs? Put them in jars, or on shelves, in albums, whatever is most appropriate for the item.
Extricate yourself from distractions that keep you busy but not inspired and start doing something creative. You can take baby steps if you need to. You’ll find yourself feeling more content in all areas of your life when you connect with the energy that creativity brings!