Hello, Creative Mind! I recently reconnected on social media that I have been busy this past year fulfilling my dreams- I had an internal shift (sparked in part by the pandemic- did you?) Why wait? My dreams will happen only if I face the profound vulnerabilities that come along with their pursuit. I promised that I would tell you how it all happened- so- let’s start!
Let’s explore- through the lens of your life, your goals and your future. I have been studying the past few months with Creative Minds from all over the world in creativity classes with the Creativity Association and Eric Maisel- and the inspiration and wisdom is abundant and contagious! In classes this week we talked about the biological imperative of independence in creative people. Creative people are blessed with the need to make meaning of the world around them and find their own way, along with the energy and passions that it takes to accomplish this (read: it is not easy!) I talk often at Creatively about your personality having big feelings. Big passions. These are Nature’s way of giving you the tools you need to succeed at making meaning. It is important that you use them, however, because left idle they can become problematic.
Over the years I have had Creative Clients come to me with problems like chronic anxiety, depression, mood swings and other problems. I am not disputing that these things can be clinical. However, what I more frequently found was that these were creative personality assets misdirected or underused. When understood, channeled, supported and utilized by the bearer, chronic anxiety is a Creative Personality’s powerful drive to create. Mood swings are passion to work and understand the world around us. These are the tools nature gives us to work, understand, pursue, and grow. They are our passion and creative drive. When we don’t use them, doubt ourselves, let fear and mistrust of ourselves and others get in our way, we become frustrated, thwarted and unwell.
In many ways for myself and others, the pandemic acted as an existential reset for Creative People. It forced us to stop doing things that were distracting, less healthy or investments of our time and energy that didn’t serve us as well. It forced us to look at our lives and what mattered and reevaluate what was important to us, and how we interacted with our world, and what we wanted to say about it with our work.
Here are some realizations and changes that I made last year: I realized the way I was extending myself outwards energetically was unhealthy. I was sending out too much energy and leaving myself with too little to resulting in emotional and physical backlash. I made some important pivots in the way that I treated myself and ran my business to show up for myself and my clients in a more holistic and healthy way. I also decided it was time to face fears of scarcity and about my lifestyle and that it no longer served, and our family relocated and moved into the home of our dreams. And-I decided to fulfill a childhood dream to learn to ride horses.
There is so much more I could say about all of this but what I want to leave with you is Creatives are meaning makers. You have the internal strengths built in to do this work. Because of this not only is it important that you do the work, but it is also important that you simultaneously actualize what is meaningful to you in your own life. This will mean deep honesty within yourself, facing fears and working hard. Above all this will mean intense trust in those inner resources. The work is intense and difficult. The rewards are epic and without compare. You are a dreamer, Creative, but also made of the stuff you need to live those dreams.
Do you believe you can have the life of your dreams? I would love to help get you there.
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The information provided in this blog is from my own clinical experiences and training. It is intended to supplement your clinical care. Never make major life changes before consulting with your treatment team. If you are unsure of your safety or wellbeing, do not hesitate to get help immediately.