7 Steps to Creative Clarity: Curiosity
I love following my Curiosity! I never know when I’ll discover something that brings me pure JOY.
Curiosity is the desire to find out and know things, and sometimes it’s because our interest concerns something rare or unusual.
And sometimes we’re just eager to learn something new. It helps us to grow, discover, uncover and throw light on a subject that is of interest to us.
Never ignore your cravings of curiosity when it comes to your creative essence and purpose. It’s important to be open and ready for new things. It helps to keep your creativity fresh and your creative flow healthy.
Below I have offered some **prompts and exercises for your Journaling, Art Journaling and Doodle Practice and a summary below to offer you some ways to tap into your Curiosity to help give you clarity on your Creative Journey.
**If there is a prompt/exercise you are not comfortable with, simply go to the next prompt. The purpose is for fun and clarity.
ASK: What sparks my Curiosity immediately?
ASK: What have I been Curious about in the last week? the last month? the last year?
Have you pursued this subject in any tangible way?
Does it excite you? Does it feel forbidden?
Do you feel like you need permission to pursue it?
If you have engaged with this subject of your Curiosity, did it surprise you?
Were you disappointed or thrilled by the discovery?
Have you felt resonance with the subject of your Curiosity?
What are its qualities?
Pay close attention to any associative memories that may be triggered, and it may show you something in your past that you can bring back to your present that will bring you more JOY.
Journaling LIST/Mind Map Exercise:
Write a list of 10 Things you’ve been curious about. (You can add more than 10 if you desire.) Anything goes here. Nothing should be dismissed, even if it feels silly or childish. Have FUN with this list.
Now Choose your TOP 3 Favorites from the list.
Do a MIND MAP of your top favorite from the three. Put the subject in the middle of your page and put a circle around it. Now write words or phrases or whatever comes to mind in whatever form and put it around the circle. Don't censor yourself. Just let it free flow. This is a very intuitive exercise and you may be surprised with the connections that show up and give you insight into your Curiosity. Take notes on anything you find important or just plain fun and then make plans to follow up with action.
ASK: What subject have I put on the back burner that I would really like to dive into right now?
Now write small steps you can take to initiate engagement with this subject.
Art Journaling Prompt:
Use a journal page or spread with Curiosity as your prompt word and Create a Permission Slip for yourself to make room for what you are innately curious about right now. This permission is for time, an open mind, and honoring your preferences! You may want to use images of the subject matter to highlight this Permission Slip giving honor to what is meaningful to you right now.
Using your favorite pens, markers, crayons, pencils or any other doodling implement that suits your fancy and draw what you’re curious about. You can reference the images you may have used in your art journal. Don’t worry about what it looks like. You’re just giving the subject matter the attention it deserves simply because you’re curious about it.
As we summarize this vital step of Curiosity in the 7 Steps to Creative Clarity, I would like to share a word of encouragement and insight concerning the importance of following your Curiosity and giving it the space it deserves to help you in your creative life discoveries:
The Essence of Curiosity brings us back to that feeling we used to get when we were kids, when we knew we were going to do something fun and enjoyable, and we felt the excitement and anticipation for what lay ahead.
Let’s recapture that essence by paying close attention to what we are curious about every single day.
It doesn’t have to be BIG. It can be something as simple as walking a different path when you’re out getting some exercise.
Do you ever find yourself saying, I am so curious about that? When you do, do you hesitate to follow that path? Does it feel silly to you?
Don’t hesitate (unless your intuition cautions you): because those curiosity nudges will probably lead you to TRUE JOY. Get that youthful excitement back into your daily life and increase your JOY factor.
Sometimes you may not understand why you’re curious about something. But that’s what makes it so intriguing. And we often discover things about ourselves that we didn’t know before while in the act of engaging.
Giving yourself Permission to follow what initiates Curiosity in you can be a precursor to finding new paths of treasure hunting, self-discovery and enlightenment into Who You Are and why you are present in this Universe right now.
Note: You are welcome to share any discoveries you have made with your Curiosity with the prompts above either below in the comments and/or in our 7 Steps to Creative Clarity private Facebook Group. I would love to hear about it! Your feedback is always welcome.