How do we open up to more creativity in our work and lives? Personally, I love the initial burst of inspiration but I also love the sustained rhythm of focus, tenacity and determination that carries my work through the valleys and peaks of expression. They work in unison, like the yin and yang of creation.
Our creativity is not confined to our physical creative spaces as it is often fed by the activities that nourish our life force outside of them. Nevertheless, having a creative space can help us ground our being to feel the creative fire burning in our heart and new waves of flow taking us to new horizons.
There is so much energy in the well of creation where we can dip our toes and immerse ourselves to find inspiration. Because the creative life can take us to the very edge of what we deem possible or real, it is therefore an edge many fear—fear of the unknown, fear of losing control, fear of making mistakes.
Sometimes all we need to explore our creativity with courage is a space that feels harmonious, a space that inspires and reminds us of our purpose, dreams, and intentions, of what it means to be present to our work with an open mind and heart. A space that can help us connect to ourselves in moments of forgetfulness or disconnect. A space where we can feel held and safe and free to explore our work.
How often we deny ourselves what we need most. Fine tuning our environment to fit our needs can help center, energize, soothe and expand our soul. Say yes to a space that activates and nourishes the imagination of your soul, the strength of your spirit, the flow of your heart.
Say yes to your creativity
These are some of the conditions that can help create a space where we feel safe, energized, and inspired to do our best work. Some of them will resonate more than others. We are all unique and respond differently to the various physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects of space. I will be applying some of these lessons in my new office at work where I spend so many hours crafting architectural spaces and communities.
While you may realize that it may not be possible to have all of these elements in your space as some of us spend our days in cubicles, in cafes or on the road, you can focus on bringing in one of these elements to enhance your creative experience and overall sense of well-being.
Each one of these feng shui elements can help unleash our flow, open our awareness, and further awaken our consciousness:
- A sense of support – A wall behind you is ideal. We essentially want to create the feeling that we are supported.
- Color – It bring us into balance. Do you need to enliven or soothe your soul? Color accordingly. Bright, warm colors add a spark of energy while cool colors calm our soul and add depth.
- Circulation – Can you walk with ease int his space or is your path blocked? Open up the path of movement and circulation in your space.
- Light – Being close to a natural source of light is ideal, but if you are not near a natural source, have artificial lighting that illuminates your work area.
- Air – It is ideal to have access to a window that can be opened. If not available, it helps to have an essential oil diffuser with a combination of oils that freshens up the air. There are some essential oils that can help the respiratory system in enclosed spaces without natural ventilation.
- Organization – Clutter clear your space and mind on a regular basis and get rid of what clouds your clarity and inhibits your expression. This ritual will allow you to focus. Clutter clear your space, but don’t make it barren or sterile.
- Plants – If your space is stuffy and filled with toxins, you might find it hard at times to concentrate and get work done. Plants supply our spaces with oxygen and make the air we breathe cleaner, brighter. Their chi has an effect on own energy. Plants are a source of vitality! Breathe new life into your space with plants. Invite in their wild wisdom and growth into your space and life.
- Embrace the mess – not to be confused with clutter – Clutter has stagnant energy; a creative mess is dynamic, spontaneous, alive. Do you have space to make a creative mess? The creative process is messy so allow yourself to go there..
- Inspiration – A view that expands your field of vision is ideal. If there is no view, artwork that represents a view, a landscape, whatever you find pleasing, inspiring, soothing, calming, energizing can equally activate the part of you that seek openness and expansion. Create a space with symbols that resonate with your vision and inspire your being. Words that remind you of what is possible also fall under this category. Some of my favorite in these spaces:
Do more of what makes you happy
The world is your oyster
.. yes ..
I wish we considered our creativity sacred, with the power to offer beauty and wisdom to the world, worth all of our attention, patience, courage and care. Whether we have our own dedicated creative space or a tiny corner where we can let our imagination run free, I wish for all of us to keep the rhythm of our creative energy flowing in a way that makes sense to us without stifling the life force of our creations. May our work be a force of good in this beautiful, delicate web of life.
May we say yes to our creativity and feel spacious, creative, alive. Today marks the Spring equinox in the norther hemisphere. I dedicate this post to all of life awakening in each one of us.