7 Steps To Creative Clarity: Alignment
ALIGNMENT is so KEY to the JOY of Creativity that it cannot be overstated.
It could be said that ALIGNMENT is a proper positioning in relation to your Creative Heart! Wow.
Don’t we all want to be positioned for the best in our Creative Flow? Yes?
When I am fully aligned, I feel Peaceful, I feel Powerful, I feel JOY, I feel Flow. Because I am experiencing fully Who I Am as an artist, as a creative, as an autonomous individual who has a unique voice, point of view and gifts to offer the world.
There’s a direct sense of deep satisfaction, of positive energy, of strength when I am fully aligned.
Whether it’s a Job Well Done or simply sitting in peace with my aligned Self.
And that’s the way it is supposed to be…the way the Universe intended us to be.
My goal with ALIGNMENT as a step in the 7 Steps to Creative Clarity is to give you space to deeply consider what it means to you, to discover the best path toward alignment to initiate positive change in your creative expression that will ultimately lead to personal empowerment.
Shall we begin with **Prompts and Exercises for your journaling, art journaling and doodle practice and dive deep into your most aligned place possible!
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
“Out of Alignment” Journaling Exercise:
Sometimes the best way to tell if you’re aligned is to note when you’re misaligned, which can often feel like agitation, irritation, fatigue, overwhelm.
Throughout your day, take note of when you may feel this way and just write down what your trigger points were. This may give you a clue into what pulls you OUT of alignment, which is very important to recognize so you know when you need to get back INTO alignment.
“Knowing Who You Are” Journaling Exercise:
Not knowing Who You Are is one of the first symptoms of MisAlignment.
The more you get to know yourself, paying close attention to Moments of Peace and Contentment and what got you to that place, the easier it is to maintain alignment.
Throughout your day, take note of when you feel this way and jot down what triggered these positive feelings of alignment. This will give you a clue as to what keeps you aligned so you can STAY aligned, which is exactly where you want to be!
“Track Record” Journaling Exercise:
Keep a written list of your activities and your aligned feelings associated with that activity.
Keep a written list of your activities and your misaligned feelings associated with that activity and why they pull you out of alignment.
Journaling Detail Exercise:
Describe in detail your most recent aligned moment. What small steps did you take that brought you to this place? What emotions and feelings came up for you during this moment?
ASK: What does this aligned place and moment remind me of from my past experiences?
ASK: What does alignment mean to me?
Journaling List Exercise:
Write a list of your favorite ALIGNED activities, ones that always lift your spirit and leave you feeling fabulous.
Now take one that really has deep meaning for you right now and do a mind map using that activity in the center circle and record words or phrases that come to mind. This will give you insight into the essence of alignment and what it looks like for you, giving you a greater awareness of what works for you so you can make more time for such activities.
Art Journaling Prompt:
Using the word Alignment or Aligned as a prompt, create a page or spread that honors a recent aligned activity that you so thoroughly enjoyed, you simply can’t wait to get back to it again. Use cheering and confident colors to express your deepest feelings of alignment. Record in fun fonts the emotions you felt during this experience and why it was so meaningful to you. You may want to include images of yourself doing the activity or ones you find that show what you loved most about it.
Using the word, Alignment or Aligned, create a doodle using your favorite doodling implement. You can create a doodle that literally aligns with your papers edge or along a drawing of your favorite activity. Have FUN with this one, really paying close attention to the way the letters move and shift with the edge of what you have drawn.
As we summarize the step of ALIGNMENT in the 7 Steps to Creative Clarity, I would like to share with you a word of encouragement and insight into the essence of Alignment and what it can mean for you:
Alignment is a place of Peace, that you are where you need to be in a settled contentment that brings Rest. It’s where Synchronizations occur, where dreams are manifested, where you and the Universal Energy are unified. It’s that place of “Knowing” that cannot be denied.
Alignment is where you feel most naturally Powerful in your own Essence and in Your Purpose, in fulfilling your destiny in this Universe at this moment in history.
Note: You are welcome to share any discoveries you’re made with the above exercises below in the comments as well as in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook group.