1. Creativity Expands as We Deepen our Art.
We use creativity in every area of life whether we realize it or not. We harness our creativity to find solutions to everyday problems that arise in our personal and business life. When we create art in some way, even when coloring (because that is creative too), we are opening up pathways in our brains that allow us to have access to our creativity.
We are also creating new neuro-pathways. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Art Heals
Art is like an elixir for our soul. When we paint, draw, sculpt, sing, dance, write and take part in so many other artistic endeavors we are literally feeding that medicine to our being.
We drink it up. It fills our soul with love and light and pushes out a little bit more of the stuck, the dark that has covered up our confidence and courage and creativity. We may feel it coming up in the form of tears as it releases out of our body forever. And then …
3. Art Gives Us Permission to Take Risk
A mistake is really only a judgment. When we make a mistake with our art we either correct it or we start again. If a line goes askew in a drawing I find a way to make it a part of the drawing. I suppose I could also crinkle up my art and throw it away but I always find a way to shift my creation into a new perspective.
Piano players might just keep going. Singers and dancers might start from the beginning. Writers will edit digitally unless they are manually writing and in that case they may cross out a word and rewrite.
The fact is that the creative process is happening. While it is a seemingly small risk it is training our minds to deepen our risk taking and to feel safe to do so.
How would you like to help more artists expand their creativity, heal their lives and take more risk?
If that sounds expansive for you I would like to ask for your help. I am writing a series of Awaken The Artist books and I have created a crowdfunding campaign here to raise the funds to edit and market my book and another project.
Go check it out and let me know what you think via a contribution, share or comment. And I’d sure appreciate the shares of my campaign to reach more interested friends of artists!
Love & Art,
Ha! Well the perfectionist that lives inside of me attempted one more Ringside Flower Mandala drawing! Still not the same but perfect anyway. We creatives can just let go and create without worrying about getting it right. It is all right and perfect in this very moment. Play!
I am drawing one of the mandalas in my coloring book called “Ringside Flower.” As you will see the process is totally creative and I found it impossible to make it look EXACTLY like the one I originally drew! Enjoy and let me know how this video helps you!! xoxoxo Wendy
I am looking at a list of stories I am going to be writing about this month. Two years ago I started making a list of stories from my life and I felt stuck in some ways. Many story ideas were coming to me but most of them seemed to be from my adult years.
In the past few days since embarking on my 30 Day 30 Story adventure I have listed many stories from my childhood that are now speaking out to me. They want to be told.
And just now I am looking at them and see that they have several similar threads running through them. It is so cool to be realizing this now.
Here are some of the themes I am seeing:
- Going for it no matter how unreachable it seemed
- Taking action on my ideas even though I was ridiculed or not seemingly successful
- Getting yelled at my teachers (yeah me!) and being made fun of by students who could not see my uniqueness
- Standing out like a sore thumb and finding a way to fit in even if I was ignored anyway
- Having big desires at a young age
I am sure there are more threads and I can see how these all relate to my purpose!
Have you looked at the stories of your life and how they are all related to your purpose?
So here I sit on the edge of my seat … literally … and I am “listening.”
I’ve had inklings about my niche of “divine inspiration” for a while now. I launched a program in 2009 called “Birth Your Idea.” I was so scared about stepping into it that I did not market it for long. Then months later I had the idea of marketing a program called “Reconnecting to Your Genius” and through inspiration I created even more content.
But I never launched this program because I was too darned fearful. That was two programs guiding people to get in touch with their inspiration and creating and manifesting from that.
So my inspiration was guiding me to coach others how I do what I do this “thing” that I have always called my greatest gift and my biggest nemesis! For over two decades I have been saying this and it took this entire past year to accept it is time to share it with others!
I’ve been creating products … the physical “hold it in your hand” kind of products since the early nineties. I created an ergonomic product in 1992 to raise the computer monitor up to stop neck pain and a series of other products. It was 2003 when I first had the inspiration to write my ergonomics eBook and soon after began creating all kinds of audio products. And now a DVD and spiritual technologies. And art prints and t-shirts and more! It is PLAY for me!
I never really questioned this gift. I kept taking the logical actions to bring them to life when it was appropriate. My biggest challenge over the years was how to handle the CONSTANT flow of ideas to me. It happens time after time … while in the middle of one project the ideas start to flow about another one. So I have learned that I must capture this information as it is coming in otherwise it will just fly away!
At one point over 20 years ago it was so overwhelming to me that I asked the ideas to stop so that I could quiet my mind and they did. I did not know how to harness the energy of these ideas and it drove me nuts! A few years later they all came back and ever since I have been perfecting how I do what I do!
And it is not as if I can always just write the idea down real quick and be done with it. Sometimes it is an entire download and I just allow it to come in. That is how I have learned to honor my gift. It has taken me years and years … well decades … to learn how to discern what to work on.
There is not enough time in the day to take action on every idea that comes in. Many of my ideas are for others whether they have asked me for them or not and I only offer my ideas when I am guided to. So most often I just let it go. I have often joked about requiring a team to literally follow me around to record and organize all my notes and ideas and to take action on them as I have instructed.
When I have teams in place this discernment is even more important so the passion continues and we are productive and getting !
Over the years I have been told that I am always doing something new and exciting. I did not look at it that way. I was just doing my thing. Friends I have not seen in a while would want me to immediately fill them in. Just last year someone I knew over 20 years ago told me that he remembered this about me … and we did not even hang out … he was dating a friend!
That really made me think since I had been pondering the bigger picture for months. When I owned my ergonomic business it was obvious what my niche and purpose was. So that is when I started to take a closer look.
I hired Andrea Hess for a reading since that is one of her specialties. Almost immediately she told me that my niche is divine inspiration. Why was I was not surprised?!! Just I never thought about coaching others how to do this because it is so easy for me.
And that was the challenge all these months!! I kept asking myself “Who would want to hire me?” “Why would someone benefit from my coaching in this area.”
I did not necessarily actually ask these questions but these were the feelings, the sentiments I had. It has been very difficult to wrap my mind around this. As I began sharing with others they would say “You mean you can learn that” or “I wish I was inspired.”
It has taken a lot for me to get this far. It is a lot to step into sharing your gift with the world especially when the world could use a lot of divine inspiration. The fear that I have felt has been intense and at the same time difficult to put my hand on.
I did have the courage to develop a series last year called “Open to Divine Inspiration” and I loved creating it and presenting it.
And now I am so excited to announce that I am leading a 6 month coaching program starting in February called “Living in Divine Inspiration to Consciously Create Your Most Fulfilling Life with Passion, Joy and Ease.”
I chose a 6 month program to give everyone an opportunity to open and create. A lot can change in this amount of time. Just one inspiration and inspired action changes lives. This is how I have lived my life and where major portions of my income have come from in the last 20+ years.
And this can be learned. That is what “Living in Divine Inspiration” is all about. Look for an announcement for the free teleclasses I will be leading beginning next week. If you want to be on the list to attend this free teleclass series then register here –> http://www.wendygyoung.com.
Love and Inspiration!
I attended Baeth Davis’s Life Purpose Summit in Phoenix this past weekend. It was a last minute choice and I am in deep gratitude for how it all came together.
When I heard about it a couple of weeks before I felt the desire to attend deep inside my body. Instead of taking action to go I just kept seeing myself there and I knew that I would be there.
The best part was when I emailed a friend in Houston to tell her about it and the fact that there was a way she could go as my guest and we could then save money. She emailed back to say that she was already enrolled and had a friend that was splitting the cost of the event.
Then she offered that her boyfriend wanted to go and would be interested in splitting the cost of the ticket with me. As the event was getting closer he realized that he wanted to be there!
It is so interesting when this happens because it is an confirmation of listening to my intuition. Or was I simple feeling inspired?!
It seems like a combination of both.
The important point here is to listen and take action when you are guided.
Once I made the choice to go and said YES all the necessary doors were wide open to create the perfect adventure and I manifested many unexpected pleasures! That’s how the law of attraction works!
Love and Inspiration!
Over weekend I took several hours to get some writing completed that I have been wanting to do for several weeks.
I started writing a few times and was never able to make the kind of progress I was desiring.
What was different for me this time?
One, maybe two things…
First, I am a different person than I was several weeks ago. Actually I am a different person than I was when I woke up this morning!
So there is a different energy inside of me that supports me in completing all the tasks at hand.
What was really different for me is that my laptop decided to go to sleep and over the weekend I did not feel like sitting in my home office at my computer.
I get stir crazy sometimes! So I grabbed a stack of paper and drove to Whole Foods (did I mention I love it there?!).
I had all my notes from the 4 part audio series I created recently and I took out a piece of paper and I started writing. To my amazement the words just flowed out of me and before I knew it I had completed five separate marketing letters.
Sure … maybe it was because I was finally ready to knock these letters out but I think it is something much simpler than that!
I was holding a pen in my hand and writing the old fashioned way! Pen to paper writing! What a concept!
If I ever had any blocks with inspiration it is when I am writing marketing copy! So my laptop deciding to take a siesta and leading me to be inspired to simply write by hand was the best thing that could’ve happened.
In a way you can call it “downstream” writing for those of you who follow Abraham! For me it was the path of least resistance!
When I thought about it later I realized that holding the pen in my hand brought out my creativity. It allowed me to be inspired while I write because when I was a child I wrote with my bare hands too!
So I moved past a major stuck point to complete this writing because I listened to inspiration and I took immediate action!
Of course now I am getting ready to type my notes and then there will be some editing but I am much further than I would have been.
Maybe next time I will be inspired how to write just as quickly while I type!
And it sure would be great to have a working laptop again!
Love and Inspiration!
Last week on a teleclass I was asked if intuition and inspiration are the same and I admitted that it was something that I had been pondering recently.
I said that intuition is something that we have a feeling about … maybe there is a decision that we are trying to make and then we get the answer. Sometimes we meet someone and know instantly about whether we want to associate with this person. For many it is a feeling in the pit of the stomach and that is why intuition is often referred to as a “gut” feeling.
Inspiration is something totally different.
A few years ago I had been pondering the concept of where money comes from in the spiritual sense. Then one day I was standing in my kitchen and I asked this question outloud. I received an answer that told me to interview a series of experts in the field and I said to myself ..”OK.” Then an idea popped into my head that said “Why don’t you interview them and create an audio series and then sell it.”
I stood there just pondering this idea that came through and hit me on my head. I call it getting “zinged!” And I thought about it and made the decision to get started and within 24 hours had already lined up half of the speakers.
When you take immediate and bold action there is a divine flow from the universe that supports your efforts.
So next time you are wondering … “Is it inspiration or is it intuition?” Just tune in…This raises your awareness.
I do believe at times there is a fine line and it is probably not important to know and label whether something is intuition or inspiration.
The most important thing to remember is that we LISTEN and TAKE APPROPRIATE INSPIRED ACTION!