Switching Up the Creative Flow


I have never thought of myself as “creative.” When it comes to the arts, I just don’t seem to have much of a natural born ability to blend colors, draw beautiful images, sculpt clay, sketch, or doodle. Cooking is certainly not my specialty. Sewing, well, let’s just say that was a disaster. I pretty much wrote off all attempts to find my creative roots.

Until I re-defined my definition of creativity.

Stringing together a melody of words, formulating botanical essences, and even guiding others along the beautiful path to the soul requires a leap into the realm of creative flow.

Lately, even my comfortable creative outlets have been feeling a bit clogged. Today, rather than trying to force myself to sit and write or come up with a new aromatherapy blend, I decided to step out of my usual zone and pull out the colored pencils. I opened my Secret Garden Inky Treasure Hunt book and began to fill in the black and white with lovely shades of green, purple, yellow, and pink. It felt so foreign at first, wondering which colors to choose and trying to keep things within the lines.

As I let go of the need for it to look a certain way, I began to relax with the whole process. It felt peaceful and even fun. A beautiful little flow began to take over, as the flowers and leaves came to life on the page.

Sometimes, switching up our usual creative outlets is all that’s needed to bring us out of a creative lull.

In what ways are you being nudged to branch out creatively? This doesn’t mean trading in your paints for knitting needles. It’s simply a journey of exploration as new avenues of your own creative process are discovered.

The wonderful thing about it is that nobody needs to see the result. This is just for you.

Create in new ways this week and feel how expansive your energy becomes!

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Caroline White March 27, 2014 at 5:50 am

Good reminder Alia…I think we must be in sync as my creativity seems to have dried up lately so I will take on board your message & try a different creative outlet. Having trouble writing anything which is kind of unusual for me! Also amazed as I was exactly like you….I used to think I didn’t have a creative bone in my body until I redefined creative! Now I know I am creative :D


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