I did a reading the other night for one of my regular clients.  She is a talented, smart and beautiful woman with the usual questions.  There was one, at the end, I don't usually hear.

She said, "Mar, my creativity is totally dead.  What can I do to get it back?" 

I gave her some suggestions that Spirit gave to me and then I also said, "You need to be inspired.  You need to do something that will touch your soul and make you smile."

This happens to me every once in a while.  I get writer’s block.  I hate it.  I feel like I'm racking my brain for something - ANYTHING - to fall out so I can get that innovative spark back again.  I decided to do something that has probably been around for ages but I discovered worked for me.

I made a list of things that I love to do but usually would fall of my daily list because of time or resources.  The reason why I create a list is to give myself options in case the first thing on the list doesn't jump out at me.  

My list includes things like taking pictures, writing poetry, painting, designing altars, and walking out in nature, just to name a few things.  When I need inspiration I pick something off the list and I carve out time to do one of these things, even if it is for an hour.  

By doing one of the things on the list that inspire me, those creative ideas come popping out of my brain much easier.

This is why it works - we have two parts to the mind:  the conscious and the subconscious mind.  The conscious is where our daily thoughts and activities sit.  For example, right now your conscious mind is engaged reading this article.  As we go throughout our day, we judge what comes up in front of us with the conscious mind.  For example, "Do I need to pick up the dry cleaning? Oh yeah, I do" or "My phone is ringing, do I want to answer it?  Maybe not."  It processes everything that is presented to us in our waking hours.  

The subconscious mind houses our beliefs, morals, memories, dreams, imagination and creative mind.   Sometimes, imagination gets stifled if we're living very much in our conscious mind during our waking hours.   The inspiration exercise/activity will unlock the creativity from the subconscious and it will flow into our conscious mind.

The conscious mind can then helps us to put structure around the inspiration creativity, if needed, so it can flow more often.  It may be creating a schedule to dedicate time to our inspired activities or setting goals to move those creative projects forward.

Having your creativity engaged during the day can help you with a couple of other places, such as problem solving and project management.  For example, if you have 10 different things on your to do list but you're not sure how to get it all done, engaging the creative part of your mind will give you different ideas to get it done.  It may also help you edit the list down so maybe you don't have to do everything all in one day.  You can be creative, resourceful and practical!

So if you're blocked, try one of those inspirational activities or exercises off the list you make and see what it does for your creativity.  Let me know how it goes - mary@spiritualitygirl.com.

~Copyright 2012, Mary D'Alba (Spiritualitygirl)~