How to use your emotions to be creative

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To use our emotions to be creative, we need to face them first. Most of us are experts at hiding our feelings. We know exactly how to shut them off and how to distract ourselves from it. We watch tv or do other things to keep us occupied.

However, there needs to be a balance. After all, we need to fearlessly face and express these deep feelings, without letting them lower our energy.

So, how do you do this?

  • First, know that your feelings are normal to have,
  • Second, face these feelings and admit them to yourself. You will diminish their strength once you do so. Don’t be scared about facing any hidden secret about yourself because you won’t. We all have the same insecurities, hopes and desires and
  • lastly, be gentle with yourself, love yourself. You are doing the best you can.
    Hold the intention that you help others to face and support their own insecurities when you express yours artistically.

Observe your emotions with compassion and notice them. Ask yourself what lessons did you learn from any negative feeling and let go of the old. Take it a step further and say thank you to the lessons learned. It is essential to use our emotions to express it in our art. Don’t judge yourself. Accept yourself the way you are as you are exactly where you need to be right now.

What to do if you suffer from anxiety and stress?

In case you deal with stress and anxiety, take physical actions, go dancing or go for a run or whatever resonates with you. Change your motion, which changes your emotions. Physical activities help us to discharge pent-up anxiety and other vulnerable feelings. Try to do yoga, going for a walk, journaling, singing, swimming or dancing. This will help you to express and release your emotions.

How do you access your emotions?

Good question, to access your emotions, I invite you do practice a meditation exercise.

Take some time to sit quietly, get in a comfortable position. You may want to sit with a straight spine or lay down. Start breathing slowly. Use the 5-5-7 method: 5 inhale, 5 holds, and 7 exhale. Repeat this for at least 10 times. Notice how you calm down. Notice where exactly you feel the tension in your body. Be curious to yourself. Ask your body: “Why are you tense?” Notice any thoughts and feelings or even vision coming up. Don’t judge, just sit back, observe and notice. Stay in the moment and only see the story. Go deeper and feel the emotions. Does it feel empty, fearful, worry, a sense of searching for something missing or does shame or guilt come up for you?

Notice your heart rate. Is it slow or fast? Did you feel any sensations in your chest area? Ask your heart: “How are you feeling?” If the thoughts you come up tell you about troublesome situations, interview your heart about it: “How do you feel about this situation?”

Notice, that there is no need to fix anything right now, just take the information. Is your inner voice telling you to express your feelings in a creative project?

When you are done with the meditation, write everything down what came up for you.  What were the lessons you learned? Is your body telling you to rest, have a break or to change a specific habit? What came up for you?

Now, I discovered my emotions, what do I do next?

Express those emotions in your creative work and then let it go. Those emotions and feelings will grow if we don’t deal with them. So put those feelings into your creative art which then will help others too. Have an honest conversation with yourself and let go of worries and fears. Feel free to redo this mediation when you feel you need it.

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Why are creative people prone to addictions and how to overcome them?

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Hello everyone, Alex here. Today I would like to talk about why creative people are prone to addictions and how to overcome them.

Why are creative people prone to addictions?

Creativity and sensitivity go hand in hand. Sensitive people usually feel overwhelmed a lot and may feel lost about what to do with their emotions.

Sensitive, artistic people can be prone to addictions if they are not expressing their feelings through creativity. Addictive substances and behaviours temporarily numb our emotional pain. We do it even though we know that the pain returns after the numbing effect wear off.

What are the most common type of addictions for creatives?

What kind of dependencies am I talking about? These can be any kind of substance abuse or behaviours, such as drug, alcohol, fast food, sugar, emotional eating disorders and the list goes on, even workaholism, binge-watching TV or social media.

We numb ourselves out to forget what we really want to express. We distract ourselves with nonsense and keep us busy with things which don’t matter, so we don’t need to deal with our emotions. However, the emotions are still there. If we don’t release it, it will make it really painful for us.

How do you overcome your addictions?

If you think about it, when you let your creativity out and express what wants to be released, you naturally heal your emotions and create a lasting outlet for understanding. At the same time, you help to heal others with your art facing similar feelings.

Doesn’t this sound like a better alternative to replace an addiction with being creative?

Ask yourself: What type of addiction do you have? How much time do you spend on facebook or other social media or watch TV shows you don’t even like? Are you addicted to sugar and can’t stop eating desserts, chocolate bars and cookies or are you addicted to alcohol, drugs or smoking?

Notice, what it is for you and ask yourself: What is the positive intention behind doing this? What are you escaping from?

Now, what action can you take, to slowly stop your addictive behaviour? Can you replace, e.g. a glass of wine or beer with some creative work? Give it a go and see how it feels. Once we are in our creative zone, you will realise that you don’t need all these addictive things.

How do creative people deal with manic depression and bipolar?

Did you know that highly creative people can be emotionally unstable? Most of the prominent are that the classic artists, composers, and writers were manic-depressive or bipolar? Bipolar has significant mood swings. Creativity involves going into the depths of despair and afterwards having high energy to express the despair artistically. That means, creative people, get their inspiration from their depression and then when their mood swings to high energy, they have the motivation to be creative and paint, sing or otherwise express their feelings. There is a lot of evidence that creative people go through emotional highs and lows. Studies are showing that creative people are more apt to be bipolar than the general population.

However, you don’t need to be bipolar to be creative. Most of us have a less extent of roller – coaster emotions and are able to function normally when they’re sad or excited.

Observe your negative feelings through a lens of a researcher and study your genuine feelings without being pulled down by them.

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What are some common blocks for creatives and how to overcome them

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Most creative people and artists have some common blocks but why am I talking about this and what are the blocks in particular?

What are the typical blocks for creative people

Creativity always begins with our feelings. A creative person wants to express these feelings using art as an outlet. However, expressing our deepest feelings in public means, we are vulnerable. There is a fear of being criticised for it, which is a problem for a creative person and could be a huge block to pursue their creative passion because of the worry what other people think of them. Each form of art is your own unique expression of yourself. It is simply not possible to create, write a book or song and not be talking about your own experience because we view the world through the lens of our feelings and the past. Your feelings are your muse for your projects.

Another typical block for creative people arises from being too much in your head and trying to think carefully about what to create, instead of trusting the flow and letting the idea come to you. Don’t think, just feel. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It is self-conscious and lousy.

Artistic blocks also occur when we are searching outside ourselves for inspiration if we try to force a successful creative project to appear. These blocks stem from discounting our own beautiful and inspirational natural and normal feelings and experiences.

Others may try to figure out what will succeed in the marketplace. But hey, this is not your authentic self. This comes from a place of lower energy vibration, from a sense of neediness. The question we ask is: “What can I get out of my customers?” The product you create carries lower energy vibration, and it does not come from your heart. That is a taking energy and keeps you away from success and fulfilment. But isn’t that what we are looking for? Fulfillment? Doing what we love doing and getting rewarded for it?

How to overcome these creative blocks

Great question. Instead of trying hard to think and search for ideas outside; search within yourself. Start with your current feelings. How do you feel right now? Are you feeling sad, happy, content or peaceful, melancholic or untangled? Notice your feelings and face them, you then receive inspired ideas to creatively express your feelings in a way that will not just help you but also others who feel the same way.

When creating your art, come from your heart. Ask yourself: “What can I give to my customers?” Giving energy is high vibrational and guarantees you success in the marketplace. There is an old saying about writers: “God gives writers (and other creatives) talent, but if we misuse this talent, it goes away.” This means if you create without inspiration and only for the money, god will take away your talent. This statement is helping us to stay focused on creating art from our heart and a giving place. Of course, you need an income to pay your bills. Unless you are independently wealthy, you will need a job. I will talk about more about how to make money from your art at another time.

This post is not about the “starving artist”, this is just another typical blocks artists have. We all want our creative projects to succeed because the more people purchase your art, the more people receive your healing intention.

I encourage you to fully notice and express your feelings, the higher the vibration of your art will be. Any attempt to hide your feelings will lower the energy vibration.

There are so many more disempowering beliefs blocking creative people from moving forward in what they love doing. I am going to talk about the common theme of addictions for creatives and how you can overcome it next week.

Please comment below, if that resonates with you and what your blockages are. Feel free to ask any questions.

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Be Your Creative Self

Being your creative self is not as easy. What does it actually mean? How do I do that?

Some people feel like there is something wrong with them, maybe you felt this way? I certainly have. Sometimes we feel stuck and insecure, comparing ourselves with others who have everything. You might have been teased for being strange in your childhood. Perhaps you felt you do not fit in?

My journey of realisation

I realised over the years that I don’t fit in a regular 9- 5 pm corporate job and was always wondering what was wrong with me. How come others love it and are progressing better and faster than I ever did. I didn’t even want a promotion. How weird is that?

It took me a few years to discover that I am different and nothing was wrong with me. In my past, I always chose a job where I got bored easily even though I was busy and overloaded with work. Years later I had to learn the hard way. I suffered from adrenal exhaustion, was always tired and had simply no energy to do anything I loved doing. If you want to read more about my story, check it out here.

Luckily, I turned my life around and started to express my creative side in me. I started taking photos and still love doing it. However, at the beginning of my journey, I took photos but thought I was not good enough. What was the point to publish my photos, was one of my big questions to myself. All those limiting beliefs held me back from expressing myself because I felt I was not perfect yet and need to improve my skills first. I was always worried what others people think of my photography. It was simply a huge lack of confidence.

Gladly I ended up with very supportive people around me, who encouraged me to keep going and that I was very talented. Getting feedback from your friends and family is not enough though. Of course, they are nice to you, but if we don’t risk to publish our art, we will never know if people like it or not. Bear in mind, there will always be someone who is negative, but most of the people will give you generous and constructive feedback. The point is to do it anyway, no matter what others think. If you express your true creative self, the right people will resonate with your art.

So, what does being your Creative Self mean?

It means to have the courage to:

  • show your originality
  • look within and
  • bring your shadows into the light

Having the courage to show your originality

Be the authentic version of yourself. Originality means nonconformity. Being original is essential for creativity. Put your creative ideas into motion and create the book, painting, jewellery, dance choreography or whatever you want to create. Stop dreaming about your idea but take actions. Small baby steps are the way to go; you set the intention to follow your dream. Now you just need to keep going.

A study found that neuroticism (chronic excessive worries and anxieties) is linked to the emotional sensitivity required for a successful creative career. Your sensitivity is your gift that leads to inspiration and the desire to inspire others through creativity.

Perhaps, people teased you about being too sensitive in your past. Now you know why it is so important to be that way. People who judge you on that are just trying to convince you to conform or were not as sensitive or creative as you, or these were individuals who were jealous because they suppressed their creativity and sensitivity.

Remember, other people’s opinion is just that, an opinion. They give you their opinion based on their past experiences, values and their beliefs. Your real identity has nothing to do with their words. You will know, that you have taken the right path of nonconformity.

Being creative is not a hobby for us, it is a way of life. It means expressing your vision in all that you do. Live your life as a creative.

Creativity is defined as making something that is new; the opposite is conformity, so creativity has the courage to not conform but to embrace your imagination. Imagination is the pipeline to possibilities. Be open to receive new opportunities, notice your ideas without worrying about if it is feasible. Don’t just think outside the box but think like there is no box.

Next week’s forecast of how to be your creative self

I am going to reveal more about the courage to look within and to bring your shadow into the light next time. Stay tuned.

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