Even if you haven’t tried it you probably know that colouring in (for adults) is the latest craze in finding calm and creativity – I’m also here to tell you it unblocks writers block. Well I’m here to write that, so that’s something.
Yep, if your creative drain is blocked and the words won’t flow, let the colours.
Regular readers may have found me MIA on the blog in the last couple of weeks (thanks if you’ve noticed).
I reckon our propensity to feel calm, be creative and connect are all related. When you feel like you’ve lost your ability to create you start to feel less than calm, and feeling a little agitated, you don’t feel much like connecting either. When you don’t feel connected you lose a spark of creativity and you don’t feel too calm. You get the picture.
So you go back into your shell (or SELF) to retreat, to reconnect with SELF (nice to see you), find the peace of SOURCE and it’s there you can rediscover creativity again – because it doesn’t come from you as much as flow through you.
On Saturday morning, after I’d offered to help a friend who’d moved with her unpacking but she was OK, I took myself off to the local Botanic Gardens instead, armed with a pen, my journal, a notebook, my Aurosoma (colour therapy) book and immersed in nature.
This is what I saw.
- Get back to nature – it will always inspire you. Nature is creation (even when it destroys it regenerates again).
- Give yourself time away AND a deadline – whether you feel like you’re sneaking off or whether you make yourself a regular ‘creativity’ appointment, get away and treat it like creativity boot camp. Go hard, go home.
- Get up early – preferably at or before dawn. As the world wakes up it seems to magically arouse your creativity too.
- Pick a colour – let it be your muse (maybe you want to be inspired by the chakra colours)
- Pick a song – let it sing to you
- Read a random page – let it speak to you
- Colour in (see below)
- Have patience – we can’t seize our creativity we must surrender to it. If we try to dam the river of creativity we can end up stuck in a stagnant pond. So just enjoy the creative ride.
- Remember – the last time you felt creative or other past creative endeavours. When you feel stuck it can be helpful to remember you once used to be quite good with mosaics (or whatever). Especially if you’ve forgotten you were ever that patient (or ever that sort of good).
- Love – love is the energy of creativity. Practice loving and you’ll add to the energy of creation. Every other emotion is simply recycled energy (up-cycled is good, down-cycled not so much). But love manifests brand new good stuff. Like this, my first attempt (I’m not saying good) at creating, via a photoshop file of layered shapes because I can’t really draw freehand, a yin yang colouring in page. You can download the PDF if you feel like it. It was made with love.
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT (nice to be back). Have you caught the colouring-in craze? What do you do to unblock your creativity? And joining in the Weekend Rewind with Sonia, Bron and Kelly.