I believe that one of our inner yearnings is to be creative.
I taught first grade. First graders easily indulge themselves in the pure delight of creativity and allow themselves free self-expression. These 6 year olds didn’t, yet, have adult inhibitions, self-consciousness, or a well-developed inner critic. Rather, they just loved to play and create (in any medium).
As adults reconnecting with this state of play, joy and creativity, can be a challenging process. But isn’t it the best feeling,--the way your heart sings when you are in the creative flow of inspiration?!
In Part III, How to Get Inspired & Stay Inspired, I share 2 highly effective practices to connect with your inner inspiration.
Disclaimer: These two effective strategies require some self-love, self-care and self-discipline. Do them if you really desire the flow of creativity and inspiration in your life.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, for these two life-changing and transformative practices. I have used these tools for over 20 years to get inspired and stay inspired:
Morning Pages: “Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*– they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page...and then do three more pages tomorrow.” (1)
An excerpt from Sydney's morning pages from April 16. 2019
Artist Dates: “The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly "artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.” (2)
Smoldering...Scott Moore gets ready to take himself on an Artist Date.
If you want to take these practices to the next level, I urge you to get The Artist’s Way and do Cameron’s 12 week course to Higher Creativity.
Like the other strategies I have shared so far, part of the process of getting inspired is to remove the clutter (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual). The morning pages clear you of that clutter and help you to develop a genuine relationship to your authentic creative self. The second part of getting inspired is about being in a receptive state and gathering the creative juice of inspiration. The Artist Date, in my experience, has been a really self-loving and self-caring way for me to connect with feelings of joy, wonder, magic, and inspiration.
1. Cameron, Julia. “Morning Pages.” Julia Cameron Live, 2019, juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/.
2. Cameron, Julia. “Artist Dates.” Julia Cameron Live, 2019, juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/artists-dates/.