Art & Culture | 10 Ways to Awaken Your Inner Artist

Art & Culture | LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE  | Guest Post by Musician Anitra Jay

Whether you’re a scientist, chemist, or an artist, creativity exists in all of us.  The art we enjoy such as a song, a dance, or a beautiful sculpture is the final result of a creative process that flows through every human being.  This process starts on the inside with imaginative thoughts, feelings and desires.  These are the building blocks of art.  We all have them and it’s what makes every one of us an artist.  

As children we played with imaginary friends.  We colored with our fellow artists, and we enjoyed expressing ourselves through dancing and drawing. Children are bursting at the seams with creative flow. Unfortunately, as we grow up, that creative flow is stifled and it becomes increasingly difficult to exercise the creative muscle. After a while, we tend to forget we ever had it. Then we ask ourselves questions like, “Why can’t I paint like that or make music like that?” The question is not whether or not you are an artist.  The question is, how do you awaken your artistry?

Follow these 10 steps to awaken your inner artist:

1.     Break up the monotony.  Are you stuck in a rut?  Give yourself a chance to rejuvenate by taking a break from work or school.  Remove yourself from stress triggers.  Hike on a nature trail or treat yourself to a spa.  These activities will relax your brain and give you room to process unresolved feelings and emotions.  It will also open pathways to revelation and enlightenment.

2.     Remember to breathe.  Take a few cleansing breaths throughout your day.  Let your lungs fill completely with air and then exhale. Practice doing this multiple times.  Use this time to release negative thoughts and let your mind meditate on positive thoughts.  This will help you think with clarity.

3.     Get healthy.  Release toxins from your body through fasting, detoxing and exercise.  Additionally, take an inventory of the people around you.  Plan on minimizing the roles of toxic people in your life. Toxins weigh you down and prevent you from being free and thinking freely. 

4.     Revisit your life goals.  Are you doing what you want? Why or why not?  Asses where you are in life and where you want to go. What hobbies are you currently pursuing?  What hobbies would you like to pursue?  Are you being fulfilled?  If not, what can you do to make that happen? Answers to these questions can help you redefine how much your art means to you and why it’s important.

5.     Take an art class.  It doesn't have to be anything specific. Take the class to jump start your creativity. There are all kinds of things you can do like jewelry making, or painting and pottery. What about a dance class?  Just do something to spark the creative side in you.

6.     Learn to feel feelings.  In many ways people and experiences incorrectly encourage the suppression of feelings. Sometimes guilt and fear can drive us to disregard our true feelings without giving them a chance to evolve. Feelings is one of the building blocks of art. If you don’t allow yourself to experience them, you are inadvertently blocking your own ability to create. Let your feelings happen. If you need to cry, then cry. If you need to be angry, then be angry. This does a few things for you. It aids in the processing and releasing of feelings. If processed in a healthy way, this can also filter out negativity and make room for more positive things to come your way.  Plus, it’s great fuel for your art!

7.     Challenge yourself.  Think about what you like. Then challenge yourself to create it.  Do you like music? Create your own.  Do you like photography? Start taking pictures.  Force yourself to go through the creative process. It will encourage you in pursuing your art as a lifestyle.

8.     Hang out with other creative types.  There’s an old saying that goes like this:  “Birds of a feather flock together.” This is often used to discourage children from hanging with the wrong crowd.  But it can also have the reverse effect. When you surround yourself with people who are actively pursuing creativity, it will eventually rub off on you.

9.     Create a space for your art.  Select a physical spot to produce art.  It can be a chair on your porch or a hideaway in the backyard. It can be anything and anywhere as long as you make it yours. Carve out time to be there and do something artful in that space everyday. This will condition your mind to be ready and welcome creativity every time you are there. Before you know it, you will be craving that space because this is where you will be most open to experiencing inspiration and receiving creative revelation.

10. And finally, confront your fear.  Do something to shock your system.  Are you afraid of heights, go rock climbing.  Are you afraid of water?  Go swimming.  Show yourself that you can overcome what you are afraid of.   Fear is the number one factor keeping us away from our artistry.  As an artist, you are at your most vulnerable because you are presenting your deepest feelings, desires and thoughts for the world to see.  It is a scary place, but it is there you will be the most fulfilled.

Each of us is an artist.  Art can be anything from drawing to making yoga mats.
The concept behind art is simply to create.  Your thoughts, feelings, and desires are the building blocks of art. Don’t be afraid to use these to promote creative expression in your life.  It may not be as great as Beethoven or Picasso, but it’s yours! The steps above can help you unblock creative flow and will awaken the inner artist in you. 

Give it A Shot!

Anitra Jay


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