Diversity and creativity are sacred right order
If God was some kind of conformity-loving force, we wouldn’t all have such passionately divergent ideas and desires. We all share common needs and yet we all have preferences and strategies. Thus our sacred call is to discover and express our inner soul desires–and encourage each other to do the same. When we do that, we each increase the myriad beautiful manifestations of God.
God loves weird.
(Note: in case the word “God” makes you uncomfortable, rest assured I mean it in a woo-woo “the Divine sacred Universe” Donald Walsh whatever-works-for-you energy field ground-of-all-being the-unnameable-Tao harmony-underlying-all-things kind of way).
On a completely unrelated note…
Did you know you could make your own bumper stickers at Zazzle.com? For $3.95? Then you can sell them through their site. Click the link above and you can buy the bumper sticker (if you want). Hey, you could make a whole income stream out of this. How frickin’ awesome is this? CafePress move over.
The rules have changed
It strikes me that as technology develops, the means of production will only get more and more automated and inexpensive.
The only competitive advantage that will always remain is your creativity.
So it’s imperative to get a clear channel open that creative inspiration can come through you. Because you can’t fake creativity. True inspiration comes through you, and you gotta be a willing and clear conduit for it if you want it to come through on a regular basis.
Trust that you are worthy
Creativity requires something that no other type of work does: faith in yourself. Why? Each time you step out into something new, you are taking on faith that something good will come of it.
That takes courage. It takes a willingness to believe in yourself.
You are unique and Divine and it’s OK to own your power and use it. You are good, and what you truly want to create will come to good. Be willing to create and trust that you are worthy.
Clear the distractions
The best way to let your fears and doubts run the show is to avoid them. Our whole economy runs on distraction devices. It takes courage to turn away from them and choose to do something meaningful with your time here on earth.
Generally, it helps to have some support. Unless you live in a hut on a mountain, you will be facing a constant battle with distraction and a bevy of avoidance mechanisms.
Here are my thoughts on this:
- Get some systems. Morning pages. Yoga. Meditation. GTD. Whatever works for you to stay focused, clear, and happy.
- Pay attention to your day to day needs and make sure they are managed – food, rest, socialization, relationships. If you have trouble in any major area, get help from a counselor of some kind. Day to day happiness is the single best predictor of regular creative output (IMHO).
- Get a community that you see regularly that shares your values. An art group. A women’s group. A woo-woo church (I recommend Unity). Buddhist meditation group.
- Make media access more difficult for yourself. For instance, I do not own a real television. I watch TV online or watch Netflix movies. I’m on the one-at-a-time plan. The inconvenience lessens the threshold of ease toward getting sucked in.
- Decide if you really need to know the news and “keep up with things”. Some people find it really is important to them. For myself, I stopped all news intake around 1998. I glean enough from the newspaper stands, friends, Twitter, etc that I have a vague idea of what is going – I don’t need to get a daily dose of depression. If I hear about something and want to know more, I can always find out online.
So there you have it – go forth! Create!