The ancient Celtic festival of Imbolc falls at the beginning of February. Later Christianised as Candlemas, Imbolc is about the first stirrings of light in Nature, about re-awakening and creativity of all kinds. What better time to kindle your own inner fires! Follow these tips to find your Muse.
1) IT’S PLAYTIME!
The really good news about creativity is that it is liberated when you play. This is the way that children find out about themselves and the world, and how they enable their minds to grow. So throw yourself into what you love to do, whatever that may be – after all, it is called ‘re-creation’. It doesn’t have to be anything artistic – playing sport, hanging out with friends and being with animals and children, in fact almost any activity in which you ‘lose yourself’ can open the way to inspiration later, with just a few exceptions – see point 2.
2) TURN OFF TO TUNE IN.
Games on your x-box, computer, tablet or phone are rarely conducive to creativity, sadly. The same goes for watching telly. They do the wrong things to your brain, and can also be addictive. Use them to unwind, by all means, but establish boundaries. Switch off after half an hour.
3) BE DISCIPLINED.
Don’t wait to be ‘in the mood’ for this might come at the wrong time, or not at all. Chose your best time of the day/week to devote to your project, and work for the designated time, whether you feel like it or not. After a little effort you will find things start to flow. Even if they don’t you’ll have learned something, and all will go better next time.
4) MAKE NOTES.
Inspiration may strike while you’re travelling, having lunch or just waking up in the morning. Make sure you always have some means of recording those flashes because it’s amazing how what seems vivid and absorbing can disappear. Choose the way that’s easiest for you – on a tablet, lap-top, pen and paper or voice recorder. Then, when your designated ‘creative time’ arrives you’ll have material to use.
5) HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF.
Whatever you like to do – from dance to sculpture, knitting to novel-writing – has its own individual stamp. Don’t criticize yourself or compare yourself to others and always look for ways to boost yourself. All creative souls have a downer at times, and when this happens our helpful readers at The Circle are always available to give you the encouragement you need.
PUBLISHED: 01 February 2014