It’s one of life’s wonderful and mysterious synchronicities that creativity and the ability to carry new life are in the same place in a woman’s body. No accident, this. Creativity and the womb are both located in the second chakra which is the seat of a woman’s creative power.
When you are flooded with inspiration, it’s your second chakra that’s getting activated.
If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly being flooded with ideas. However, also like me, not all of them make it to fruition. Some are left unborn and unexpressed. And sometimes that’s sad and frustrating.
Like anyone with lots of idea, you may have an idea graveyard.
You’re not alone.
Creative energy is part of every woman. It’s just who we are. That said, not every woman is always able to express it.
It’s not possible for any woman to bring all of her creative ideas into a concrete form like a book or an album or original songs or a blog or a video or a design and there can be any number of reasons for that.
Not the least of which is the expectation. she can be creative all the time. Maybe it’s all she can do to survive another day. It’s up to those of us who are able to make our ideas happen so we can shift the energy for others who can’t yet.
And the fact is, not all ideas we think of are meant to be any more than just an idea.
Is Your Creative Idea a Keeper or a Bright Shiny Object?
Some ideas are just Bright Shiny Objects (BSOs) that act more as a distraction than anything else.
When what lit you up last week has no shine on it this week, it’s better to let it go and not scatter your energy into something that doesn’t fit your vision for your life. You are constantly evolving and so are your ideas.
So let’s get this settled right up front: no one is meant to take every idea to completion!
How you tell if they’re a BSO? In my experience there are two main ways.
1. They’re shiny and sparkly and immediately attractive, but your energy and passion for them burn out quickly.
2. They show up when you are feeling a little – let’s call it creative insecurity – about your ability to have the abundance you want. If your idea makes you feel more desperation than inspiration, it’s probably a BSO.
To lay the BSOs to rest try this brief exercise. First, using the 2 criteria above, take a good honest look at your creative history and then write down a few ideas that you left behind.
Write down the ideas that burned fast but went out quickly. Write down any idea that you didn’t really care about, the ones you didn’t have the passion, time and energy for, the ones you were considering for ONLY a quick inflow of money.
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Next, you’re going to put on a piece of music (any piece about 3 minutes long), take a pen and, while the music is playing, write a Gratitude and Goodbye Letter for the ideas on your list. One letter for ALL the BSOs.
Your Gratitude and Goodbye Letter
Here’s a quick example.
I appreciate the inspiration and enthusiasm that you brought, even if it was only for a short time. You were fun and exciting and you confirmed yet again that inspiration is an open channel to a field of possibility and potential. And you all led me to something else that I could carry through to completion, so you helped in your own way. Since all ideas have energy, I’m trusting that someone else will have enough excitement and enthusiasm to complete you. Thank you.
It’s a way to make space for the ideas you love, and peace with the chit chat that pops up from your inner critic and reminds you of everything you have NOT done.
Once you’ve done that you can start with a clean slate.
So find your music, a pen and paper, and write your own letter. I’ll wait here.
Done? Good. Now it’s time for more honesty.
What’s REALLY in Your Creative Idea Graveyard?
The ideas you just laid to rest are not the ones in your idea graveyard. BSOs are usually easy to let go of once you decide.
No, the creative ideas in the graveyard are the ones you mourn. They nudge you and never shut up. They represent quality not quantity. They’re like a song singing in the back of your mind, but something has barred you from making your idea happen.
If the ideas have been buried for a while, no worries. Time for a resurrection!
How do you start?
Direct your energy into this moment and without guilt or anxiety, let’s examine. Which one of these questions is most like your situation?
1. Do you spend a lot of time thinking, thinking, thinking about your idea but never taking any action?
2. Did you let go of any idea because it seemed too much for you to accomplish alone?
3. Did you use a lot of energy up in talking about your idea to friends, rather than using your energy to take small action steps? (And small steps are all you need.)
4. Do you have tons of projects on the go, but most of them aren’t complete?
5. Do you sometimes feel weighed down by your ideas, as if you should do them but don’t really want to?
Which one was the closest description to your situation?
Is there an idea coming to mind that’s lasted through thick and thin but is in the idea phase still? What is it?
Make a note of it somewhere as you can use it in a process coming next week in Part 2.
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In Psrt 2 coming next week, you will be introduced to an actual process to take your idea from inspiration to manifestation.
Stay tuned for it!
And never forget: you are a creator.