One practice that has been super meaningful to me, particularly since I’ve embarked on 100 Days of Blogging and committed to blogging 5 days a week over on the Propelle blog, is calling in creativity.
How I do it.
I sit down at my computer, take a deep breath, light a candle and say the following:
Inspiration and creativity, I am here. Ready to do the work. And will sit here and do the work whether or not you show up. So whatever ideas or insights you would like to pass along, I am open and ready.
When I’m out and don’t have a candle to light, I simply say the above mentioned bit or even just say (to myself) that I am open and ready.
Why I started.
Elizabeth Gilbert has a really great primer about the concept of ideas being living breathing entities in her book, Big Magic*. She shares her own practice of calling in creativity and inspiration, and how she courts her creativity when she’s having trouble finding it.
But that wasn’t really the first time I’d heard this concept. It actually came from watching her TEDTalk on Your Elusive Creative Genius. I guess I just didn’t know what to do with that information at the time.
As for the candle, I’ve also read (here, though a quick Google search shows this is a common belief) that fire is a powerful way to attract energy and spirit guides, so that’s why I chose to incorporate that piece alongside the open call.
Some days, I feel a really warm surge of energy. Other days, I feel nothing.
It doesn’t matter.
I sit down anyway and get to work.
I’ve also had ideas for posts that are so persistent they keep me up at night and are back again first thing in the morning, waiting for me to sit down and write. And then I have days where there isn’t an idea in site, but manage to force something out anyway.
Are either days better or worse?
Truth be told, I don’t actually care. The entire point of writing daily is to simply write. To let go of this notion that what I write has to be perfect, or even good. It’s about flexing my writing muscles, finding my voice, and doing something that makes me uncomfortable.
13 days in, and I’m even MORE excited about what’s to come than when I started.