If you have followed me during my recent discussion of procrastination, you have had a chance to look beneath the surface issue for the real issue that is blocking your writing. This seeing is the beginning of change.
Before we talk about healing tools, however, I want you to remember what started the whole process, why you write in the first place. I want you to remember the joy of creation. The activity that follows can be used whenever you are stuck, or as the prelude to a session of writing each and every time you write. It can become one of your gateway tools—those things that connect you simply and easily to your own creative flow. Here’s what to do.
- Sit in a comfortable place with your feet flat on the floor. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose, pause, and then exhale through your mouth with the soft sound of Ahhhh.
- As your feet rest flat on the floor, imagine that they are actually resting directly on the earth. Let them sink down into the earth. Wiggle your toes on sand or deep in mud, or feel the cool water of a river or ocean running under and around your feet. Stay at this step until you are comfortably and deeply aware of your feet and until you feel that your feet are deeply connected to the earth.
- While allowing your feet to stay grounded, move your intention to the top of your head. Close your eyes and imagine that the top of your head opens like a flower, and that light pours out the top of your head and connects you to the heavens. Stay at this step until you feel soft, open, and connected.
- Imagine that in front of you there is a room. It’s your creativity room. It can be outside, indoors, in a castle, on a beach—in short, any kind of creative space you choose. Step into that room, and play with your own creative energy. Let your imagination run free. Are you waltzing with your creativity? Playing racquetball? There is no right or wrong way to connect. After awhile, settle down and ask of your creativity: What words are here for me today? Hold no preconceptions—be open to what comes. If nothing comes, ask,”What is my creative job for today?” If nothing comes, then sit in your creative space and just be until you are ready to leave.
- When it’s time to go, bring your attention back inside your body, and stretch, and open your eyes.
There is no right or wrong way to connect with your own inner genius. Finding a gateway tool that works for you, however, speeds up and smooths out the process of plugging in to your creative flow.
As always, I invite you to comment, clarify, question, and connect.
Light on your path,