Each of us can engage in the act of creating in a way that expresses our Soul and nurtures our Spirit. When we choose to engage in creating with persistent effort and a lighthearted detachment from how our creations will be perceived by ourselves and others we give ourselves the golden ticket – permission.
We create because the process of creating makes life more interesting and because deep down we know we owe it to that unique expression within us asking to be voiced. No one will see or understand the world quite like you do ever again, your voice is unique, and that makes you interesting to the rest of us.
I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert and her conceptualisation of creating outlined in her book Big Magic. She has helped me embrace the idea that creating is an act of building a relationship with a creative force within us and like all relationships consistently showing up is how something beautiful is made.
Like any relationship there needs to be some reward for putting in the effort. Here are my top three ways creating helps balance your chakras:
- Creating is a act of projecting out; a way to spend your time expresses yourself from the inside out. Large portions of our time in the modern world can be spent in a loop of passively receiving the world; scrolling through social media, listen to the radio, watching TV and following the instructions often require to function successfully in our highly regulated environments. When you create you switch up the flow and actively express what is within you. Be it dance, drawing, writing, making music or creating pottery when you create you decrease the amount of time you spend absorbing energetic input from the world around you and increase the amount of time you spend expressing your unique energy out into the world. In doing so you bring greater balance to the flow energy in each of your chakras.
- Creating helps us build up the muscles of our intuition. While you may use books and You Tube videos to help improve your creative skills you ultimately have to journey within and rely on your gut instincts to lead the actions you take in creating. It is possible to ask other people’s opinions but when it comes down to it – its your call. You are calling the shots in your creative process and you need to go with your creative instinct. Using your instincts in the act of creating builds the muscles of your intuition; your ability to feel into what is the next right move for you. The more you work with your intuition the stronger it becomes and creating is a great way to ‘work out’ your intuition. When you can flow with your intuition more in your everyday life energy can move more freely between your chakras, less inhibited by self doubt and worry, making it easier for your chakras to maintain equilibrium.
- Your inner child loves creating, freely and for the fun of it. In short life can be stressful, especially when we have long periods of taking life very seriously. Allowing your inner child to play while creating is a great way to lighten up and reduce stress. Much like with your physical body letting go of the stresses of life has a positive impact on the health of your chakras.
We know creating is good for us mind, body and chakras on multiple levels by we often come back to that same road block that stops many of us before we even get started; how do I make space for creating in my life? I come back to the wisdom of Elizabeth Gilbert to help unpack the truth that while creating is a free flowing and spontaneous act making space for it in your life is deeply pragmatic – you simply keep showing up. Here are my top three helpful ways to keep showing up to persistently build a relationship with the creative force both within you.
Support and accountability
Find a group, class or online community that holds space for you to create freely. It could be a spontaneous dance class, writers group or pottering community. Once you have found your regular space to create introduce yourself to the facilitator and others in the group. Explain that you want to be disciplined about your attendance and ask others to help you be accountable as much as they can. You’ll be surprised that if you give facilitators and group members permission you may receive follow up emails when you are missed in the space or words of encouragement when you are on a good run of attendance. State your intention to others, ask for help and with permission reciprocate in supporting and holding others accountable so that you create a community of discipline around your creative outlet.
Time and resources
Carve out a space at home; it could be a draw, a desk or a room and have all your materials required for creating at the ready. When you start out don’t be precious about materials; buy what you can afford and make sure your materials are well stocked so that you don’t have the excuse of not ‘having the right stuff’ available to you. On that note try and make a dent in the amour of the ‘ I don’t have time’ excuse. We are all busy and its a legitimate excuse but there are always small windows of time available to us if we search them out. One way to do this is to create a time audit; much like you might track your spending for a week by recording everything you spend money on do the same by recording what you spend your time on. Over the course of a week you are bound to find some windows of time that you know you could be spending in a better way. Block that time out in you diary, set multiple alerts, and spend that time creating. Start small and over time you may continue auditing and find that you are willing to devote more and more pockets of time to creating. Thirty or forty minutes here and there each day adds up to a significant chunk of time over a week; don’t wait for the uninterrupted half a day to appear before you start creating because if that day does finally arrive you will have missed out on a heap of precious time waiting.
I’m just not creative – PRETEND
I’m not even going to argue with you if you say you are just not creative; I’m going to say just pretend. If you don’t think you can engage in the act of creating, so be it, but everyone is capable of pretending that they are creating. Sit and write in a journal for twenty minutes each day, you may write gibberish and bin it, but just pretend and keep scribbling words on a page for the entire twenty minutes. Come back tomorrow and do the same eventually you may like something you write and enjoy reading it back to yourself; but thats not the aim. The aim is to give what is within you, your unique voice, a turn to be heard and an opportunity to be expressed. The same goes for drawing or painting or whichever act of creating you choose to engage with – have the discipline to keep pretending. Even though you know you’re not ‘creative’ the benefits that come from the act of creating will be the same no matter what the outcome of your creative efforts. The discipline of practice will pay off in strengthening the muscles of your intuition and in my experience as your intuition becomes stronger creating becomes easier.
Focus less on what you are going to produce while creating and more on maintaining the discipline to engage in the act of creating regularly. When you spend time creating you will reap the benefits of helping to balance your chakras amongst many others. Keep creating because creating makes life more interesting, you never know what your next unique expression of you will be, and because its fun.