It’s a new year.
I’m sure you’re aware of this by now.
I’m also pretty sure many of you consider this last year one of the most challenging ones you’ve faced because 2016 had its fair share of issues.
Some of you are (still) reeling over the election results while others are dealing with personal problems that have rocked you to the core.
As the world continues to get louder – and as members of the human race face health and financial crisis after crisis, the question is:
How do we deal without losing our sanity?
This is where creativity comes in.
It’s always exciting when a new year comes around. We set new goals (or resolutions). Intentions to do something meaningful with our time. And when the renewal period approaches, along with it comes new hope.
So with all of this, I am wondering…
What happens if the new year comes with its own set of challenges? And what makes us think the change in the calendar will somehow create a miracle – or even an escape from the previous fiasco otherwise known as “last year?”
I don’t ask these things to be a downer. I bring them up because I think it’s a good idea to understand that life is neutral. The Universe doesn’t care if it’s a new year.
But it does respond to who you are deep inside because that’s what you emit, whether you realise it or not.
Nature comes with its own set of rules. It does what it does.
We are born and we die. That’s a guarantee. It’ll never be any other way (as human beings, that is). And in between these dates, the only thing that really matters is how we spend our time.
So how will you spend yours? Will you spend it chasing things? Or will you go within and get in touch with your true nature?
The reason I ask is because it matters. As within, so without.
And while we can’t always control what happens in the world or even in our lives, we can implement some sort of control over how we spend our time.
So how do you do this in a way that promotes well-being, even in the midst of chaos?
By being creative.
Creativity is a Gift
I, along with some of my closest friends and family members have gone through some rough times.
I know people dealing with financial insecurities while others are facing health conditions.
I’ve seen life beat the shit out of decent people for seemingly no good reason. And the sad part is, it isn’t life’s fault.
It isn’t God’s either.
It’s just life. That’s how it works.
It’s also people. We are humanity’s best friend – or worst enemy.
We come here for a period of time. We use these bodies as vehicles to have an experience. We can go through life being the character we imagined for ourselves, or we can become conscious enough to remember we are also the actor playing the character – with full control over how we wish to see our character play themselves.
Become good at that and you just may realize that you also have some input over the writing, direction and production of things as time moves forward.
Through all of this, it’s up to us to decide who the real “I AM” is. Are we our bodies, experiences, thoughts, beliefs and emotions?
Or are we the witness to it all?
The one who stands back, observes and makes the conscious decision to respond deliberately and hopefully, intelligently to what takes place in our lives.
Do we use these painful occurrences to become victims of life’s wrath? Or do we turn inward and seek strength from the spark of Divine light that exists within us?
Before making any decisions or taking action…when life kicks your ass (which it has and will continue to do), I encourage you to connect to your creative nature.
The reason creativity is so important is because it gets you out of victim mentality and encourages you to go on living, even when your heart is broken and life seems like a never ending tunnel of darkness.
I don’t bring up the fact that life is harsh to depress you or destroy your spirits, but to let you know this is how it is. There’s a comforting factor involved when you realize something is out of your control.
How often do we sit back and wonder how some things could have been prevented? And how many times have you wished something wasn’t true when in reality, it not only is true, but it feels like it’s destroying your world?
And when you engage in this type of thinking, how does it make you feel?
I would guess that disempowered might be a good term to describe it. As though you are life’s bitch – and bitterness, fear, despair and resentment are the only emotions you could muster up. I know these feelings well. I’ve spent time ruminating in them. Life becomes your enemy and I can promise you that if this is how choose to engage in your difficulties, they will own you.
I want you to understand that you are NOT your problems. You are also not being punished if something bad is happening.
Even in the most painful times, there are opportunities to experience light.
So in all practicality, how do you implement this wisdom? What steps can you take to connect to the creative process when you’re stuck in a bottomless pit?
Here are some ideas:
1 – Ask questions – a lot of them.
Life has taught me that good, probing questions lead to expansive answers. I’d say for every answer you receive, you may have to ask at least 5-10 questions because the right questions lead to others. They’re all meant to awaken you and to open your mind.
2 – Step out of your head for a while and do something that someone who respects themselves would do.
Self-respect is an act of love. When you have respect inside of you, you give it to others. And when you are surrounded by respect, you are someone who lives with a sense of honor and grace.
Being this type of person will not prevent you from experiencing difficulties in life, but it WILL help you stand up tall and face things when they happen. You’ll choose activities and thought patterns that will draw others toward you in friendship and support – and you will only be attracted to engaging in activities and behaviors that will promote life, strength and courage.
3 – Ask yourself what creativity means to you.
If you’re artistic by nature, then this may be somewhat easy for you. But it also might be time to expand your take on what true creativity means.
One creative question to ask when life’s beating the shit out of you is:
“Is there something to all of this I’m not seeing? Is it possible that even though this incredibly painful thing is happening, there may be a bigger plan that my limited physical mind isn’t aware of?”
And if you aren’t terribly creative, now’s your time to open up to this part of yourself.
Life can be a dull gray color at times. And depending on your circumstances, it might be closer to black with no light in sight. When this is the case, it’s up to you to bring some color in. You’ll have to be the one to do it. So you might want to ask yourself if there’s something, anything, that you can express in a way that brings you joy.
I’m here to tell you that life can be both beautiful and devastating.
I’m also going to give it to you straight.
I watched a lot of people say good riddance to 2016 with a sense of bitterness and anger. Well, as of yesterday, only one week into the new year, another dramatic event occurred that shook humanity to the core.
I hate to tell you folks, but this is going to continue. And so will my candor about it because when you come here, I’m not going to pussyfoot around and make things all shiny and happy just to spare you from the truth.
I have more respect for you than that.
Life IS beautiful, but it also hurts like hell. We live in duality for a reason.
And hopefully, we will choose awareness because without it, weakness is a guarantee.
There will be more natural disasters, human tragedies and false flags (yep, I said it) that will pull the rug from underneath us.
There will be further attempts to take away our rights and freedom – and many of these tactics will happen because we’ll allow them to (as long as we continue to stay asleep).
We will lose more loved ones as time goes on – and we will be encouraged to divide ourselves from one another and act with hate.
And through all of this, I have one thing to say:
WE ARE MORE THAN THIS!
Our lives here are a temporary experience. It was never designed to be any other way.
I have reason to feel our time spent on planet Earth is meant to be something to awaken from – and that there’s a greater purpose to it all.
Eventually, we all get called home. And according to some people out there who say they’ve gone and come back, it looks as though there’s truly nothing to fear except the fear associated with being attached to the temporary limited physical existence we have here with the equally temporary factors involved with simply being human.
So with this in mind, how will we spend our time?
In fear? Or in creativity?
Creativity is the pathway to God. This is how the Divine communicates with us.
My suggestion is to spend more time in 2017 looking within. God doesn’t exist outside of you. You are a living expression of this light, so stay open to it.
And speaking of creativity, I’ve sure been in touch with my own creative nature.
Instead of spending the holidays shopping, I decided to allow the child within me (not the bratty resentful one) to express herself.
I sit back and watch this crazy world erupt. I see people sling shit at one another and call themselves adults.
Well, sometimes these adults are nothing more than overgrown babies. But mature grown-ups, the kind who walk the road less traveled, live with dignity, integrity and grace are not only in touch with their inner-child, they experience and express the magic of life through them.
So I’m not only just about finished with my 3rd book, titled “Choose Awareness (How to Free Your Mind and Become Your Own Guru)”, but I’ve also started designing t-shirts and mugs with catchy little phrases meant to help humanity awaken.
My new book will be released in February, so be on the lookout for my announcement on that.
And if you feel like declaring to the world that you are a free thinker and are capable of being intelligent enough to observe, then check out my new collections on Teespring. I’m in the beginning phases, but I’m having fun with it.
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I call it as I see it because I care. I have respect within me, so it’s easy for me to show you respect by being honest.
We’re in for some tough times, folks. You have it in you to brave through the storms – but you first need to know this is true.
Face what’s going on in the world. Understand that life is temporary. Our thoughts, beliefs and experiences aren’t the entirety of us, they are only aspects of the characters we play.
Know this and stay open. Allow creativity to be your guiding force in life.
Until next time, take care.
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