I’ve been working at deepening and refining, deepening and refining my message. I write about voice and authenticity, and I can write so honestly about those things because I’m still in the process of finding them.
I’ve been crafting statements and re-naming terms because I’ve noticed that “finding your voice” is a huge buzzword right now. That tells me two things: first, there is an immense need for voice-finding, so much so that everyone is talking about it. Second, we’re in danger of forgetting what we really mean when we talk about “finding your voice” and “being authentic,” because that’s what buzzwords do: they get said so often that we stop thinking about them.
And I’m so okay with being in the process, because that’s where the best work comes from.
Yes, the process is a vulnerable place. No, I don’t know if I should write blog posts every day or every other day, or how to make fancy graphics. But yes, I know where I want to be and I know that this is the way there.
Over the weekend, I decided to retreat from social media and pursue little creative dreamies. (Note: I recommend this to all humans everywhere). I decided I had a date with the muse.
And I waited, and waited, and waited for her. She didn’t show up, and I was pissed, because I was ready to write the Great American Novel. I had even made us dinner, and the muse just never showed up.
…and I stayed cranky and befuddled for a little while, because I’d forgotten that … I hadn’t called her in the first place. I’d just assumed we had a date.
Contrary to mythological popular opinion, muses do not come calling or knocking at our doors.
The good news is that there are clear & actionable techniques for calling the muse to us.
Get into your body; do something physical.
Something physical and artistic=even better! When I talk about working in an unfamiliar medium in order to facilitate greater work in your medium, I’m asking you to step out of what you know. Because it opens your mind. Because it shakes up your synapses. Because it brings you closer to the truth without all the clutter.
This weekend, while working through Playtime With Your Inner Muse by Jennifer Lee of Artizen Coaching/Right Brain Business Plan fame, AND the week’s module from A Year With Myself (which is ALL about getting & staying in your creative zone) … my copy of The Firestarter Sessions showed up at my door.
(Note: there have been multiple other synchronicities throughout the weekend regarding creative flow & zone–and I sense more clarification on the way. I know how “woo-woo” that sounds, but … oh, just trust me!)
So I read a little while, and got all excited in my body, and wanted to paint–I mean, I wanted to paint right that minute.
Also, I wanted to play music, and intuitively I decided that I also wanted to record some of this creation process. Although I set out to create a mini-workshop video on calling the muse into your life and space, I ended up learning a lot about myself and my creative process by watching my own video. (I recorded a ton more than you see in this edited version.)
I use a tape recorder to capture ideas sometimes. This was my first experiment in trying to capture process on video. I highly recommend trying this–record your process in some way; watch how you work. Also, get super vulnerable and publish it 2 days later. (OK, that last part is actually me).
Over the hours I spent learning & loving & feeling the fire as I painted and played and played and painted, I saw that intuitive painting made me feel much more present in my body.
Watching the musical pieces of video I recorded, I suddenly saw that my playing was way more physical than usual. I also ended up choosing songs intuitively and choosing songs that I wouldn’t normally up and record without a lot of rehearsal.
So, here’s my mini-workshop on How to Call the Muse (like, now)… (Note: there is a special announcement at the end.)
(Trouble viewing the video here? Click here to watch on vimeo. You can also scroll to the bottom of this post for giveaway instructions, just in case the video doesn’t work for ya).
As you can probably see, my weekend overflowed with lessons about my creative process & was blessed with a book showing up at my door that told me in plain, clear, yet poetic language that I needed to …
“Go deeper. When you deepen your interests and stretch your talents, the world feels bigger and full of even more promise. You’ll be able to see more, grasp more, catch the nuances of your psyche, and make connections with the greater whole.” -Danielle LaPorte.
Don’t forget–I’m offering an amazing giveaway & instructions for entry are at the end of the video/work/playshop. I can’t wait to see your entries.
p.s. The painting? I don’t know if it’s done yet. Perchance I’ll put up a photo when I know for sure. xox
Edited to add: I hear that some people have had trouble viewing the video! Oh no! I’ve added in a link so that you can click over and watch it on vimeo.
In case you can’t see the video, here are the giveaway instructions!
This week, I want you to do 2 things to boost your intuition & creative potential.
1. Rearrange something/create some space. (Think creatively: is this physical space or mental? Or something else?)
2. Try something new.
And then tell us, in your own lovely creative format (blog post, video, etc) just what you have rearranged AND what you tried, and what came of it. Then post a link to your answer in the comment section. The prize? A free spot in the Invincible Summer ecourse!