Today’s topic is The Creative Process. Do read to the end of this post for a full list of carnival participants.
As women we have the opportunity to create every month, using the innate cycle of the ovum and its journey as our guide to create in our external lives while the process takes place internally at the same time.
To be inspired is where we allow ourselves to dream, display our passions and hold onto our ideas until we manifest them. This is the first stage, where we breathe into our bodies and let the ideas flow onto the virgin page or canvas.
For women this is when the egg matures. The follicular phase prepares the womb by growing, thickening and developing several small sacs in the ovaries for one to emerge before ovulation and continue the process. These are our creative ideas and dreams, which come to us, or we invite during this stage, which is about a week.
Maybe the egg will continue and become a life or maybe it will be released into the world? There is an element of risk attached to both courses of action. It is the same with our ideas, should they stay safe and maintain our equilibrium? Or do we take the risk and deal with the accompanying questions of: ‘What will people think’ and ‘Not feeling good enough’ to fulfill these ideas?
For the egg to achieve its ultimate goal of being fertilized and creating life it has to be ready and willing to engage in this process. Similarly for us to be all that we are, we have to let go of these preoccupations so that our ground is fertile for our dreams to manifest.
The second stage of the process is ovulation, when the egg is released. This is our time to fertilise the ideas we’ve generated and considered previously. The body has a choice and takes action. As creators this is an ideal time to act and create in all its glory.
The ground is prepared, the seeds are in your hand, go and sow them in rows or scatter wildly. Putting our ideas out there gives them two chances; to take root, germinate and flourish or to provide food for other mammals who use their energy to nourish themselves. Either scenario works by giving life, light and air to our potential. Keeping our beliefs at the stage of inspiration or in their seed packets firmly in a dark place benefits no one. Go action your creative ideas at least once a month.
Finally the result of our creations is born. The inspiration gives rise to our expiration and this is the legacy of the cycle. Maybe you have painted your ideas onto a canvas, or completed a section of your knitting project or simply acted on your idea to write – in your journal, for a blog, a loving long overdue email or started the story inside of you. These are your creations to enjoy and share with the world.
For the female body the end is menstruation. This release into the world completes the cycle allowing for a new one to begin. Life waxes and wanes like the moons in our life and so comes an opportunity every month to let go of old beliefs and prepare for new ones to be birthed. Embracing our own personal creativity on a frequent or monthly basis facilitates the process of letting go and welcoming the new within us.
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- Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud looks at the common lies we tell ourselves about creativity in The Eternal Summer of the Creative Mind.
- Caitriona at Wholesome Ireland – from start to new beginnings.
- Hannah M. Davis writes about Unleashing Your Authentic Voice. So many of us would love to write a life-changing book. How do you get over the blocks and barriers that hold you back?
- Sylda from Mind the Baby compares her creative process to a maelstrom of weather warnings.
- In “As an Artist”, Lucy Pierce at Soulskin Musings offers a poem about how the creative process beckons her through many of the archetypes of womanhood.
- Jackie Stewart at Flowerspirit.co.uk talks about how creativity is opening up a space for the unknown to reveal itself to you in ‘Creativity Flourishes in the Sacred Unknown’.
- Alex at Art of Birth shares some practical tips on how you can unlock your creative goddess within!
- Nicki at justlikeplay shares a love letter to her muse.
- Marija Smits has a conversation with her muse and reflects on the difficulties of catching and creating from the Goddess of Inspiration.
- Zoie at TouchstoneZ reflects on her creative process.
- Licia Berry, Illumined Arts “Creativity and Healing are Ideal Partners”. The creation of visual, musical, or expressive arts is the quickest, most effective and painless way to heal.
- Kirstin at Listening to the Squeak – My creative process and how to break creative blocks.
- Ali Baker talks about connecting
with the call of the wolf when she cries to us to do so means giving
our time and permission to honour the creative process within all of us.
- Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush reflects on her creative process.
- KatyStuff thinks that projects need time to mature, that is why she is a fabric and craft hoarder.
- Aimée at Creativeflutters goes into her creative process and looks at what makes things tick or flop in “Spontaneous She – How to Keep Your Muse at Work”.
- Kae at The Wilde Womb muses about her common creative blocks as a parent and how she systematically breaks through them.
- Angela at Peach Coglo tries to get comfortable with her own creative process.
- Biromums write about their creative processes.
- Dawn at The Barefoot Home believes the creative process can’t be taught it has to come organically and at its own pace.
- Tara at Aquamarine Art began uncovering her lost inner artist over 5 years ago and shares her experiences and inspirations in “From Spark to Bonfire: The Evolution of A Creative Process.”
- Darcel at The Mahogany Way examines her own creative process.
- Sharron at Adventures on the mindful path writes and creates in between (and sometimes while) chasing two little boys and a puppy.
- Laura at Authentic Parenting reflects on her creative process.
- Georgie at Visual Toast explores what the creative process looks like for her.