So this really just happened. A great reminder to myself of what I’m about to share with you.
I finished a long day and ate dinner. I left the dinner plate on my desk and the overhead light on. I opened up a new document and I started to write. Decided I’d roll out a few blog posts before bed.
Guess how they were? Rigid, annoying, bit worthy.
I started to get frustrated with myself and wonder if I was fundamentally flawed as a writer, or perhaps a human. Before things got too out of hand though, I realised what was going on.
My creative gifts need sacred space. Not because they’re more special or needy than anyone else’s, no – because all of our gifts need beauty to thrive. I believe all creativity is a divine gift, not dependent on any religious belief but totally sacred.
No wonder I was stuck and hating what I wrote, I wasn’t creating the right environment for my words and inspiration to flow.
So here’s what gets me in the right space for creative flow, and how to know what works for you.
Candles at all times. Oh God(ess) I love candles. The value for money I get from the large quantities of candles I use is immense. They mark and hold my transition from profane to sacred time and space. They remind me of the light inside me. They can represent loved ones, thoughts, prayers. Just looking at a lit candle injects me with reverence and comfort.
So that’s how I feel about candles. Second thing – lamps and fairy lights. Gorgeous, soft, inviting lighting reminds me that I’m not all about being productive and functional. They emanate this invitation for self care that I can’t quite explain.
I do have a bright lamp by my desk so that even with the candles and the lamps I can actually see what I’m doing. Sacred + practical. Yes.
Could your space be more beautiful in this moment than it is? I’m not talking about doing a DIY project or a clean-up every time you get a little stuck on your creative project. Yeah, we’ve all been there – it’s way easier to manically clean your flat than it is to work through a creative block. False sense of achievement.
What I am talking about is a clear desk, a made bed, a crystal on your desk or an open window. Simple things that don’t take a long time, but do send you the message that something beautiful is happening.
- Clear energy
The story I shared above shows just what happens when we aren’t conscious of the transitions we’re making from one activity to another. We take the old with us and it muddies the waters.
By clearing your own energy and that of the space you are in, you can move forward into your creative time without dragging anything else along to slow you down.
You can clear your own energy by visualising white light flooding your body and your chakras, or any number of other meditations that can be done in under a minute. A few deep breaths, a moment of reflection.
Clear your space by smudging with sage or a cleansing incense, or by burning some essential oils like rosemary, ylang ylang or lemongrass. Open the windows for a minute.
Feel the lightness and the clear space – the vessel is clear and ready to be filled with the new.