How to let inspiration flow again

Teachings from a tree

 

You know these moments when you need inspiration and nothing happens? You are on a deadline, trying to solve a problem or create something new and the harder you try, the more you draw a blank.

This is the situation I found myself in when sitting down to write the very first Oaks Monthly and this month’s article.  I had great ideas, but nothing would flow. I was totally stuck. As a fellow creative person, I am sure you know what I am talking about here! But, since you are reading this article you know that I managed to get the creative juices flowing again. I will tell you how I did it and give you a practise that may help you next time you need inspiration.

Inspiration is one of the key ingredients for healing and co-creating with the Spirit of Nature.  So I thought it quite ironic that at the first occasion I was going to write about this for the very first newsletter, I could not get into that zone, whatever I tried. Being experienced in working inspirationally, I knew I had to stop and listen more deeply. Something was clearly out of alignment. I might have lots of ideas, but I realised that that which moves me to do this work clearly had other ones. Luckily I still had time left before the publishing date, so I took myself away from the keyboard and went for a walk.

I went to the Oak and the Oak said: “Remember where your inspiration comes from”.

Now, that is a statement that can really lead you down a rabbit hole or two if you go into it with your thinking mind only! But as I sat there, with my back against my tree-friend’s sturdy body, I could feel a deep calm descending on me as I leant into the oak’s reassuringly spacious but grounded embrace. As I slowed down my breath and opened my heart to the beauty all around me, I remembered. I felt the vibrancy of life around me: The distinct summer sound of the buzzing of insects, the summer breeze cooled by the canopy overhead caressing my skin, young buzzards calling out to their parents, not far away. I remembered life itself and how I am part of it.

I remembered. Memories flooded back of when I was working as a medium, never knowing what would come out of my mouth once I started, if anything at all. It required total trust, not only in Spirit (I knew they would always be there), but also in myself, in my ability to get out of the way and let the inspiration and information flow through me.

As I came back to what is real, to life itself, I remembered: All I have to do is stay true to that which moves me, which inspires me and wants to be shared in its own time, in its own way.

What about you? What helps you when you are stuck and need to get a creative flow going again? Do you have a place you can go to where you feel safe and can breathe again, where you can create space for life to flow freely through you again?

But what can you do when you can’t just walk out into nature? Or what if you really need to keep at it and produce something in a limited amount of time? I believe the Oak’s advice is just as valid then, if not more.

Remembering where your inspiration comes from takes you directly to its source. When you listen deeply and let it move you, you can circumnavigate all that is trying to hold you back. It gives a beautiful entry into a co-creative way of living.

To finish, I will share with you a simple exercise to help you remember where your inspiration comes from, wherever you are. Give yourself about 15-20 minutes of time to do this and it is best if you won’t be disturbed. Start with taking a few deeper breaths, feel how your body moves with your breath, allow yourself to become fully present right here, right now. Once you feel calm and grounded, think back to a happy time when you felt really inspired. Where were you, what were your surroundings like? Can you recall the sounds, the scents, the colours and shapes? How did you feel? Where in your body did you feel it? Can you feel it now? If so, stay with it for a few more breaths. How does it move you? How can you follow up on it right now?

The key skill in healing and co-creating with the subtle realms is to be the bridge between the inspiration and the manifested, between the subtle realms and our more solid physical world. We become that bridge when we span the divide within ourselves. And when we do, we learn that there never was a divide to start with, only the one our minds created. This is the moment when we truly get out of our own way and become co-creators with the Spirit of Nature.

Sitting quietly in nature and opening my heart and all my senses to the beauty around me helped me to reconnect with my source of inspiration and make the writing flow again. I would love to hear about what lights you up and gets you back in the zone. I have friend who feels totally inspired in the buzz of urban environments, that is where he finds his connection.  What is your source of inspiration and how do stay connected with it? Share your experience in the comment box below. It will be great to hear from you.

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