7 Steps to Creative Clarity: Connection
Connection is both inward and outward.
The greatest and most beneficial connection is to be experienced in the heart of the soul in direct resonance with Self and Spirit. Knowing Who You Are on the inside, in your deepest part, is essential for the greatest flow and essence of Self for Creativity at its finest.
As a direct result of that inward Connection of Self and Spirit, Connection with others can begin on a firm foundation, both relationally and creatively.
We must ask ourselves, Who do we want to Join with in our Creative Path, both personally and spiritually? Who do we want to be united with in order to initiate the most beneficial relationship creatively that we can build?
Who do we want to associate with in our Creative Path and in Spirit?
Who do we want to be influenced by Creatively?
Who do we want to influence through our Creativity?
As we recognize our desire for deep Connection with others who enjoy the same things, follow the same principles and have similar aims in life, we can begin to see the value of our choices in the result of how those relationships impact our Creative Life.
When we find an individual who we deeply connect with, who resonates with us Creatively, the relationship will brings us JOY. We feel appreciated for what we bring to the Creative and Relational Table and we feel understood by them on a deeper level. Thus, these kinds of relationships are deeply meaningful and have a positive impact on Who We Are as Creative Souls. It can also have an impact on How We See Ourselves, giving boost to our confidence and leaving us feeling fabulous.
As we look more deeply at the essence of Connection as a Vital Step toward Creative Clarity, I have provided **Prompts and Exercises for your journaling, art journaling and doodle practices to help you discover and uncover ways to more deeply connect with Self, Spirit and with Sustaining Relationships that enhance your Creative Path.
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
Connection with Self Journaling Prompts:
ASK: How do I describe my connection with Self?
Do you feel a deep connection at the core of your being? Is there anything standing in the way?
Do you see yourself as Creative?
Connection with Self List Exercise:
Make a list of all the ways that you connect with your Self.
This can include physical nurturing, food you eat to nourish yourself, the music you listen to, the way you talk to yourself, and how you see yourself when you look into an actual mirror.
ASK: What do I love the most about my Creative Self?
ASK: What do I see as a lack in my Creative Self?
Determine in your journal how you might reconcile the difference between the perceived positive and negative.
Letter Writing Exercise:
Write a letter to your Creative Self and show appreciation for your efforts, your struggles and your desires and dreams for the Creative Future.
Putting SELF in the center and with a circle around it on the page, write words or phrases that come to mind in connection with Self. See what insights you can gain in this discovery process.
Connection with Spirit Prompts:
ASK: How do I describe Connection with Spirit in the core of my being?
What does your spiritual vibe look like? What does it feel like? Describe in detail what you see, feel, hear, and know in your spirit Creatively?
What music do you enjoy listening to that opens you up to Spirit in your Creative Place?
Make a list of songs that resonate with you most deeply in your spirit. Choose one and record the lyrics in your journal.
Mind Map Exercise:
Create a mind map of your favorite lyric line to gain insight into its deepest meaning for you right now.
ASK: What is my religious affiliation and how has it impacted my Creative Path?
Has your religious affiliation had a negative or positive effect on your Creative Flow?
Letter Writing Exercise:
Write a letter to the Universe for the Spiritual Path you want to build for your Creative Practice.
Connection with Sustaining Relationships Prompts:
List Making Exercise:
Make a list of 10 people who you resonate most deeply with. Think “Believing Mirror” (See Julia Cameron’s Vein of Gold), someone who appreciates you for Who You Are and Encourages your Creative flow and path in life. This person sees your potential, recognizes your contribution, sees your talents and gifts, and loves you for being YOU.
Take a name from that list and contact that person and let them know what an impact they have had on your Creative Life and how much you appreciate their support.
Take another name from the list and connect with them and make plans to spend time with them to honor their contribution in your Creative Life.
List Making Exercise:
Record in your journal activities you would like to engage in with a person on your list.
This list should reflect your past experience with this person or something you have desired to do that is new to your relationship. Approach them with this idea and why it would be meaningful to you and your friendship. See what New Thing will hit the spot for both of you!
The purpose of Connection with Others is to appreciate one another and to enjoy what each contributes toward our Creative Lives as well as enhancing our every day flow. FUN is KEY!
Mind Map Exercise:
Take a name from your list and put it in the center of your page and write the different things that come to mind in association with this person. See what insight you can gain from your relationship that you may not have realized before. (Remember, what you see in another person can be a reflection of yourself!)
ASK: What draws me to a person creatively?
Is it the person’s vibe? Their Values? Their persona? Their skills?
Your answers can help you recognize where and how you want to grow in your Creative Path.
Art Journal Prompt:
Create a page or spread in your journal that showcases your connection with your Self by emphasizing through carefully chosen colors and words that show how you appreciate yourself on the deepest level.
You can also choose images that show how you connect with yourself most deeply and how your relationship with others has impacted your creative life. You can include pictures from a local event you attended or of time together with someone in your creative life.
You can also create a spread to honor your Connection with Spirit showing its deepest meaning for you, whether it’s through your church affiliation, your time in meditation/prayer or simply showing unity with the Universal Energy that flows through you in your creative expression.
Make this a special spread that really shows what is most meaningful to you right now. This Honors your Creative Path up to this point and shows what you may dream of in the future.
Create a doodle with the name of a dear friend and give it to them as a gift!
Create a doodle with your own name and using fun fonts, write the different things you love about yourself, making a poster of sorts you can frame and hang on the wall or put in a place where you will see it every day.
Create a doodle that emphasizes your religious affiliation or how you see your Connection with Spirit. Make this a special design that helps honor your spiritual and creative path. Place it where you spend your time in meditation and prayer. If you have an altar of sorts, that is a good place.
As we summarize our Connection with Self, Spirit and Sustaining Relationships with Others, I would like to share of word of encouragement and insight:
When we establish a firm foundation of Connecting with the deepest part of ourselves, we can feel more at ease, naturally creating meaningful bonds with others who lift us up and appreciate us for Who We Are, and enhancing our deepest, most profound Connection with Spirit which has no bounds and will brings us to the most expansive essence of unity with our Purpose in the Universe.
Note: You are welcome to leave a comment below or in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook Group about any discoveries you’ve made with CONNECTION.