Creativity is medicine.
Every moment we are given in this human life is an expression of creation. As an extension of the universe in motion, we crave to create because it fulfills an innate sense of joy, playfulness, and alignment with the source of life within us. The source that is inseparable from all of creation itself.
So, here we are, living as co-creators of this reality. But when we block ourselves from self-expression, we are restricting our sense of connection to this inherently playful, joyful center of self. This can make us feel disconnected, stagnant, or cause us to store emotions in our bodies without realizing it.
Creative blockages can present themselves in a variety of ways in the conscious mind. From being “too busy” to feeling uninspired.
Yet most of the time, these blockages go much deeper than that. Root causes of creative blockages can include self-limiting beliefs, fears, or judgments that prevent you from feeling free to intuitively express yourself.
But you can decide to shed these layers of restriction. They do not belong to you, Wylde Woman.
Underneath these outworn fears, you are brimming with energy to be channeled into unique, beautiful creations. Once you learn to recognize and release your restrictions, this freedom of self-expression spills over into every aspect of your life.
Practicing creative freedom means practicing the release of your logical, judgemental mind to tap into your emotional body. Your intuition. This strengthens your relationship with these essential aspects of your being, allowing you to integrate that connection into all areas of your life.
Creative freedom has the potential to improve your relationship with self as well as with others. It teaches us to appreciate the beauty of expression in our everyday lives—the sound of a boiling kettle, the dynamic energy of a strong emotion, or the melody of a person’s laugh.
It teaches us to see our lives as art itself. To embrace its expression with the same playfulness and joy as drawing a paintbrush over a canvas. This state of perception empowers you to dip into the infinite wisdom of your intuition, guiding you in your decisions of lifestyle, career, and purpose.
It teaches you to embrace your Wylde.
Unlocking your creative freedom is a deeply personal process. Here are some practices that can help you begin:
- Create first thing in the morning – Tap into your self-expression while your mind is still soft, in transition from the dream world to the waking world. Instead of reaching for your phone, first reach for a sketchbook.
- Stream of consciousness writing – Abandon punctuation, sentence structure, and take no pauses. Allow your mind to unravel onto the page, writing faster than your judgments or inner filter can keep up with.
- Intuitive dance – Flow until your body feels like liquid gold. Let your emotions electrify your limbs and move your body in ways you had forgotten. Feel your experience from within your body rather than focusing on what it looks like outside.
- “Mess up” a page in the middle of a sketchbook – Allow the radical imperfection to remind you of the freedom lingering outside your mind’s fearful edges. Open your favorite sketchbook to a blank page in the middle and let loose. Whether through a harsh squiggly line or a haphazardly-drawn eye, free your sketchbook from all expectations of perfection.
Pay close attention to how you feel when you’re doing any of these exercises:
1) Are you holding tension anywhere, physically or mentally? Are you hesitant?
2) Are you trying to control the outcome: how it will look, feel, or whether it sounds right?
If you find yourself reacting in these restrictive ways, it’s time to give yourself written or verbal permission to express your art. A helpful way to rewrite the story you are telling yourself can be the use of affirmations. Try writing out or stating your own affirmations like the following:
- “I express myself for expression’s own sake.”
- “My art is beautifully human.”
- “My ability to create is a sacred gift.”
Now dive inwards and make the art that is waiting to be let out.