I'm sure you've felt by now that learning art techniques simply isn't all there is to authentically express yourself creatively. There's something else… something even more important than knowing what colors work well together or how to balance a composition.
If you want to discover your own style, if you want to freely express yourself, if you want to live your best life - then it needs to come from your true self, from your soul. Not from your mind, or your fears, or your habitual thoughts.
So the key to authentic expression, is not to learn new techniques or find the perfect supply… it's to practice shifting out of this left-brain head space, and into your heart space.
The space where your true, infinitely creative, self can take the lead. This is where your soul speaks to you through intuition. This is where you'll hear the truth behind those passing critical thoughts. This is where you'll find your ultimate inspiration. This is where TRUE, authentic expression springs forth.
In my guided e-course, Creative Soul Roots, we spend 6 weeks exploring this space where our soul resides, and practicing the art of being present, noticing and moving past our critical thoughts, and listening to our intuition. We dive deep into this process with creative exercises and emerge with a greater understanding of our internal landscape, a stronger relationship with ourselves, and a journaling practice that will ultimately change the way we live our lives.
If you're ready to get past the struggles and critical thoughts, and into the space of free expression, then I invite you to join us. Our journey begins in just a few short days! CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up.
If now is simply not the right time to dive deep into this process, then that's okay too. I have five simple tips to help you get started right now:
#1. Develop a Ritual - Rituals are a beautiful (and fun!) way to awaken your creative, intuitive side before diving into your journal. By practicing a simple activity with intention like lighting candles, putting on an apron, doing some simple stretches, or simply setting up your space, you're signaling to your brain that it's time to shift gears.
#2. Start with Free-Writing - Sitting down to write freely without censoring yourself is a great way to not only let out all the mind-chatter and junk you have cooped up in that mind, but it's also a great way to awaken your intuition. Once you get out all that heaviness, a clear channel is then opened up for your intuition to come through and start spilling out onto the page.
#3. Move Your Body - Your intuition can only speak to you in the here and now. Body movement can be your ticket to the present moment, as opposed to being stuck in those thoughts of what might happen, or what should happen. Start with a few simple stretches, and/or stand up with your journal on an easel to get your whole body involved in the creating!
#4. Entice Your Senses - Using your senses is another fun way to get yourself in the present moment, where you'll be able to more clearly hear your intuition. Bring in some flowers, drink a glass of wine or a cup of tea, taste some chocolate, focus on the feeling of your brush in your hand, use your fingers to move the paint around, turn up the music, marvel at the colors before you! What else can you use to engage your sense of touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste?
#5. Invoke Play & Curiosity - If you're stuck in trying to perfect a technique, or create a certain outcome, there's no room for your soul to shine through. Let all of that go, open up to being vulnerable with not knowing, and play with curiosity! Let yourself be a kid again, simply play with the paints. Get curious: "..what happens if I try this?" Surrender your need to predict or control the outcome and explore with what is right here in the present moment.
Practice these, and you'll be sure to open up new doorways of expression!
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