Have you ever felt that you have lost touch with your creative soul? What do you do? When in a slump I head to the coffee shop via the newsagent to get a magazine. I look across those pastel plastic packaged up promises of creative inspiration. I looked for something amongst publications with pictures of felt animals on the front or fussy pink and gold cards with cheesy sentiments and free gifts of cheap ribbons. Disappointed and overwhelmed by the choice I gave up. I wanted it to be easier, less packaged, and just, well, less pink, to connect with my creative soul. These magazines promised a creativity that was not what I was looking for.
When one of my children was little they would want the paints out, but they would paint their hands over and over again, paint and print, paint and print. Like they were claiming their art, staking their place, feeling the slick of the paint on their skin and stamping their mark, as if to say, I’m here, I’ve been here, this is me. My fridge has proudly held magnet pinned hand print pictures and more and all this stirred a longing, a memory of the freedom of play, of discovery, of the joy of expression. But making space for others to create took the front seat while I pretended that I didn’t need to do that anymore.
I knew the desire to make something, I felt the longing to connect with meaning, to express myself with true words and depth of heart. I’ve felt the itch of my hands needing a rhythm so that my mind can still and be present, not lost in the past or adrift in the future.
I wanted inspiration that moved me to create. I wanted to feel my breath snagged by a moment of beauty or a glimpse of goodness. But I put these barriers in place. Barriers of ideas I told myself, and ideas others told me.
Have you felt this too?
You see we’ve believed the lies of not being enough, not having enough, we’ve shielded our hearts from possible damage from laying them open to view. And while we do this we breathe a little shallower, dream a little less and live a little stunted. We feel the lack of creative oxygen in our tense shoulders, in lumps in our throats, sarcastic words and fears of broken dreams. The fear of failing is larger than the fear of flying.
I know that you tend to believe that you are not that creative, that you don’t have the time to indulge yourself in making something. It feels extravagant to take time out of the long to-do list and spend it on something as frivolous as expressing yourself.
It is important that you push through these barriers, and awaken your creative soul, because it is who you are. You were designed to be creative. Made in the image of The Great Artist we die a little every time we are stopped from creative expression. Your hands were designed to make, your mind was designed to imagine and your soul was designed to soar.
It seems harder than it actually is, the first steps don’t need to be huge. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated. It is there in you, you may feel that you have lost your creativity, but it’s still there. Your creative soul is ready to be restored. We are looking around as if someone has to give us permission but children lead the way, they are the most free creatives. We start by playing and making it up as we go along.
It is possible to create simply and soulfully, to overcome the barriers in your mind and connect to meaning. You will find inspiration again, see beauty that makes your soul inhale. It may be harder to find than the plastic wrapped pink magazines but if you open your eyes a little wider you will catch glimpses of beauty.
When you take that step of freedom, when you choose bravery over hiding, something shifts and it gets easier. Your creativity is both a gift of freedom for your soul and generosity. Because your people benefit from you blooming into a beautiful reflection of The Creator.
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