7 ways to avoid missing your creative ideas

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Lately, I had been getting flooded with great ideas but then I was forgetting them just as quickly because I wasn’t really getting the chance to note them down. I would either be driving, in the shower or running on the treadmill! So, by the time, I had the opportunity to get them down on paper, they would have vanished from my memory. This started to frustrate me but I’ve now figured out some ways to not miss those great ideas.

Ideas and inspiration tend to come to us when we are in the flow. What do I mean by this? Its when we are relaxed, not trying too hard, we are in an open state, we are vibrating at a higher frequency and so we are allowing ourselves to line up with that awesome energy where all good things are drawn to us. When we are in this receptive mode, we are in a good position to attract great ideas and to take inspired action towards things we want to create.

If you are having trouble accessing or remembering creative ideas, then I am here to offer you a few tips!

Keep a notebook with you everywhere you go

Ok, so this is really quite simple but I do think that a lot of creative people are not in the habit of carrying a pen and pad with them all the time ( or maybe that was just me). Keep it in your handbag, or man bag, if your a guy and immediately jot the thought down as soon as you can. If your someone who drives around a lot, then keep a notebook in the car too.

Use Audio for recording

This is so handy for when we are driving. It’s probably not the safest option but still its safer than reaching for a pen and writing while driving. I once read somewhere, that the reason we have so few accidents on the road is because we are totally in the now. We are in the present moment when we are driving and so our mindfulness is at its best. Hmm….Well I actually tend to do a lot of day dreaming when I am driving. ( I mean, I don’t really need to concentrate, have done it a thousand times, so the brain already knows what it’s doing, right? right.) So, using audio for when I am driving has proven very effective for me. I tend to just use my iphone or you can use whatever other voice recording device you have. Just remember to take it with you and drive carefully!

Keep a notebook by your bed

When we are just waking up or going off to bed, is sometimes when our best ideas come to us. Some people believe that this is because tiredness can encourage creative thought, because we are less focused and more prone to distractions, so our fuzzy brains can get creative. Crazy huh? Anyway, so I always keep a pen and pad by my bed. Sometimes, I am up in the middle of the night and that’s when I will have a thought, so I’ll be scribbling away at 3am. I might also add here that keeping a dream diary is a great idea too as often I find ideas can come to us in our dreams and then this way your encouraging the memory of more dreams, which I think, are a gateway into our subconscious mind.

Recording ideas in the shower

Yes, I have found that ideas come to us while in the shower, so maybe keep a bathtub marker or use one of your kids bathtub crayons (assuming you have one of those…you know, a kid….with a crayon) or you may just have to get creative with the shower gel.

Do something unrelated

Do you like gardening? dancing? DIY?  Any activity that will encourage you to relax and take time out from the project you have been working on. This helps to get you out of any mental blocks and puts you back into a state of allowing because all the time you are trying so hard to think of the next chapter in your book, or the next idea for whatever creative project you have been working on, you are getting frustrated and impatient with yourself. This means you totally knock yourself out of that natural creative flow and you’ll find that you find it difficult to create something from that state of mind, that is truly authentic. So go do something else until you find your flow again.

Meditate and exercise

I cannot emphasise this enough- meditation is the most wonderful thing we have access to. It is not just a practice for spiritual gurus and teachers and for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. It’s a tool that you can use to put yourself in the right vibratory field to access creative ideas and get inspiration. By quieting down the constant chatter of the  mind, you can access information that you never even knew existed. This could come to you as a flash thought, a memory. It could come as a feeling or it may come to you after meditation, when your back to getting on with the rest of your normal day.

Exercise is not just good for your physical health but doing regular exercise can improve your mental clarity as endorphins are released into the body, we feel happier and more mentally alert.

Use your intuition

You know that little quiet voice you sometimes hear inside your head, that you sometimes find yourself talking to, like a crazy person..or that hunch or gut feeling you get about something..thats your own internal GPS! Your emotional guidance system. You can better improve your intuition through regular meditation but also by actually following it! we are in the habit of ignoring it and so this is why we have so much trouble tuning into it because we have taught ourselves out of using our intuition. we live in a world that is all about logic and reason and while logic and reason definitely has its place in helping us to make decisions. It can also be a bit of a hindrance. If you don’t use your intuition, it shuts down so it needs awakening and the way to do that is to use it. I would really like to do a separate post on intuition, as it’s kind of a big topic. But for now, lets just say, I think that improving your intuition can improve your creativity.

Hope that was helpful! Any thoughts, then please leave your comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negative emotions- your enemy or ally?

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How important is it to allow yourself to feel your negative emotions?

When I was a kid, it was not considered a good thing to be sad, to cry or to get angry. Many children are taught, right from the start, (not necessarily consciously) that they are to avoid their negative emotions. “Crying is for cry babies”, or ” boys don’t cry” or the child gets a timeout if they are upset and have a tantrum, which can send the message that their anger is unacceptable.

When I first started practising the Law of Attraction, I became very aware of any kind of negative emotion that I felt. LOA teaches us that like attracts like. It teaches us that like a radio tower, we send out a signal and then we receive back the thing to which we are an energetic match to. The essence of who you are in that moment will attract situations or experiences that are a like energy. So, whatever we put out, we get back. It teaches us the importance of feeling good, positive thinking, keeping our thoughts positively focused upon the things we want. Raising your vibration is all about feeling good. So, learning about this led me to think that what I have got to do is make sure that I always feel good. So, I did that, quite religiously, and then things starting happening…like, I would have a car accident or someone would be rude to me or something would break… and these little things would really annoy me and cause me to have quite a negative reaction about them , and where I would have started the day off feeling quite good and positive about myself, an incident like this would result in me actually feeling rather shitty. So, then I would ask myself, why I attracted something like this to happen? when I was all sunshine and roses before I got on the road. When this happens, it can  easily lead us into a downward spiral of worries and more negative emotion.

So, things continued like this for me for a while. I would try my hardest to feel good and stay positive and then I would end up annoyed at someone or something or I would worry myself sick about something, get angry or frustrated. Negative emotion strikes again! Damn it and I was doing so well with my happy shiny outlook on life. I would feel an intense amount of pressure to stay feeling happy and then feel like all my efforts in doing that were wasted by my outburst and now I have to start from scratch! Because of course my vibration has taken a huge nose dive.

There can be such an enormous amount of pressure to feel good all the time…(I mean , after all, how else are you going to manifest that Ferrari , right?) that you think to yourself, I must avoid all negativity…including other people’s. I would dread seeing a negative post on social media, hoping it does not end up tipping my vibrational scales. My positivity shield would go up and then comes the judgment towards others freely expressing their negative experiences or emotions. I realised how narcissistic this was.

I soon learnt the very harsh lesson, that I had to accept that I was never going to be 100 percent clear of my negative emotions..even after years of immense inner work. Now, I am not saying, there isn’t any point in doing the inner work. Your work towards releasing beliefs that don’t serve you will still be beneficial. But what I will tell you is that, our negative emotions are our friends because without them, how are we supposed to know which aspects of ourselves still need to be healed? You will find that the more you work on allowing your negative emotions and then doing the work to release the associated beliefs, the normal range of your emotional vibration for the lower end of the spectrum could may well just sit between frustration or a slight annoyance whereas, before, it may have been more normal for you to have experiences that caused you to feel hopeless and depressed. You wont get as many negative experiences and therefore you will mostly just feel awesome. Imagine, how awesome it would be, to just mostly feel awesome and then your awesomeness just attracts more awesomeness which you feel awesome about and then your awesome feelings just bring more awesomeness, until your just stuck in like this gigantasaurous  huge cycle of awesome manifestations!

It would be wise to note here too though, that we are also a part of a collective consciousness. So, even though you have cleaned up your vibration enough not to directly experience something really tragic, you will still have your own personal experience of something you don’t like but just not in the most direct way. So, you wont be affected by it in the same way that others may be.

We have been brought up in a society, where we are taught to be strong, we are told to keep our chin up, to smile…etc. Telling our kids to toughen up, don’t be a cry baby…etc. All this does, is teach children that its wrong to feel our emotions..is it any wonder that we end up with adults who deny or avoid their negative emotions…numb their pain with the use of alcohol, drugs, overeating or other types of addiction. These people have been taught that this is how you deal with your pain..rather than sitting with it, allowing it, understanding it and then actually moving through it…not covering it up. That negative emotion is just popping up to say hi, to let you know that there is something in your subconscious, that is not serving you..it’s letting you know, your focused upon something unwanted. There is some shifting work to do here. Its an opportunity to release something. yay! how exciting that your anger about that thing that pissed you off earlier is just allowing something that is messing with your energy to come up, so it can be released. Your holding onto something that doesn’t resonate with your own true inner being. These emotions are helping you and they are only negative in as far as they are just a lesser better feeling emotion than the next one along the scale..no different to a negative number, like -1. So you could view , your frustration at something as -1 and your feeling of hope as a 1. Its a way of knowing, where you are at on the scale and then you can work at going up the scale.

When you don’t give those negative emotions your attention and you ignore them, they have the potential to turn into something a lot bigger. I am not saying to dwell on them either of course, as that defeats the whole purpose of using LOA to help you…but just to notice them without judgment and thank them for what they are. Sit with them for as long as you feel the need to and then shift your focus to how you would like to see things go. So, lets teach our kids, its okay to feel sad, its okay to feel angry. As a parent, myself, I have stopped telling my child to toughen up and don’t be sad… instead validating his emotions and helping him to be aware of them.

Now, over to you. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!