A blank canvas.
What does that conjure up for you? For me old childhood memories of not getting it perfect. We all seem to have that memory of a teacher making a negative comment that has stayed with us for life. I still have the visual of the painting that was criticised all these years later. And it has stopped me from being spontaneous, playful and creative in so many ways.
And I want to get in touch with my spontaneity and creativity again. It is so liberating and freeing. It is fun and exciting to see your blank canvas come to life right before your eyes. Are you still not sure about this?
I hear you. It has taken me a while to get here, too. What prompted this resurgence was watching our gorgeous grandson having fun with his toys and exploring everything around him. Nothing was holding him back. He was full of joy and laughter with no inhibitions holding him back. There was no sense of responsibility and needing to anything else other than what he was doing right then and there.
With unabashed curiosity is how he flows. Nothing stops him. He is fearless. He gets praised for every little thing he does (even burping). We rejoice in his excitement and delight. So what happens?!
We grow up. Something in us switches off. It takes a back seat in our lives as we find other things more important. Like being an adult. We get serious. We have grown up things to do, like earn money, run a house, pay a mortgage, have children, etc. There is no more time for being spontaneous, playful and creating as we are lost in our doing.
Creating connects you to your magic.
There is something special about creating on a blank canvas or piece of paper. It connects you to magic. It takes you into a different world. A world of wonderment, colour, beauty, joy, excitement, and pleasure. Being creative is uplifting and freeing. There is such a sense of achievement at the end that you made this. I did a little dance around the house when I had finished. I was so in the zone, I lost all sense of time and space. There was no doubting, no questioning, and no judgement. Simply pure delight in using colour and the wonderment of how it all came together. There was no one looking over my shoulder criticising me. So liberating! I celebrated.
It is time to celebrate our spontaneity and creativity. It is time to celebrate us bringing playfulness back into our overly adult lives. No matter what it means for you, start today. Be like our grandson and go for it with curiosity and without fear. Get in touch with your gorgeous child again.
Namaste from my creative soul to your creative soul.
Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au
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