I’ve missed you! It’s been way too long since my last post. I have to confess, I have a dozen unfinished posts in my queue, but for one reason or another I was derailed from each one. The past few months have been like that. The ideas are flooding in, and I can hardly keep up with them. Thank you, God! But, this brings me to the topic I share with you today… How do you manage it all when your creative flow becomes a creative flood? How do you learn to prioritize your projects? How do you look at each new baby with discernment? How do you ever choose one over the other? Like a mother who has many children, how do you give each of them the attention they require, how do you avoid making any one of them feel less loved?
I am the mother of many creative projects right now. I am also the mother of small children. Not only that, I have parents, siblings, extended family, friends, clients, a co-parent, and a life partner. Yet, I am still only one person… capable, but still human. In today’s world, we are expected to be everything to everyone. Super-Mom Syndrome is alive and well. Why is this so strong an undercurrent? This does not just apply to women either. All of us, as we each move closer to true equality, we all feel it. Equal pay for equal work, right? That’s the way it should be, but when did the bar become set so high out of reach? The value of our work is still more often than not measured by the dollar signs associated with it. How many others out there besides me, feel a little left behind when it comes to what the general public recognizes as achievement? Why is our popular culture so saturated with Superheroes? Even my kids are now obsessed with the Lego Justice League. We have long discussions on what it means to be mortal versus immortal. They endlessly create new superpowers that their heroes and villains can use against one another. They fantasize about what super power they might like to have. When did it become fixed in our minds that we are not already enough… just the way we are?
So when I look at my growing list of unfinished projects and wishes, and feel the creeping approach of overwhelm, I close my eyes and I take a few very deep breaths…
I imagine myself as simply a being of love. This is a superpower we all have. It’s built in. I send that love from deep within me. I allow it to saturate me. I permit it to fill me up, from my toes to the top of my head. I let it swirl and linger and fill in all the crooked little crevices that are just as much a part of my beautiful imperfect self. I let it empower my best superhero quality, the one that is so extraordinary and at the same time very ordinary, the power to love. When I feel I can’t fill myself up anymore, that I’m just about to burst like a water balloon, I start spreading that love out of my self through my thoughts. These thoughts have energy, very powerful energy attached to them. They reach out to the people in my life and the projects on my plate. I image each person or project receiving the love and attention they need to grow and thrive. My love spreads even more, out to the planet, the stars, the angelic realm, the Multiverse, and beyond! I connect with all that is and project this same love into it, everyone and everything. This is my most valuable gift and my most rewarding action. Every time I take the time to sit with these feelings and express this superhero power of limitless love, the result always benefits me. When I reach that sense of satisfaction from releasing all that love energy, I can safely come back into my body and open my eyes. There’s always a smile on my face that wasn’t there when I began. I can now look at my list with patience and compassion. I can assure each and every item, that when the time is right, I will address each and every one of them. I can reassure them that like each of my children, they are all equally adored and deserving of my nurturing love and attention. Yes, the exercise makes me feel good and is also surprisingly effective. For some reason, every time I do this exercise, I come away from it knowing exactly what my next action item will be, completely free of guilt.
So, Creative People… give it a try and let me know how it goes. We are all creating something in our lives all the time. What are you creating? What projects or relationships have you let collect more dust than you are comfortable with? How have you learned to revitalize them? If you are still feeling overwhelmed, who can you ask for help? Maybe it’s time to start your own Justice League.
You are such a kick-ass Superhero already… just as you are!
Your Creativity Coach,
Bonnie Kelso is the creator of The ABCs of Conscious Creating. She uses energy healing and creating exercises to connect people to their higher “creative” selves. For more information about her services read about her ACCESS! program or to schedule a consultation please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you ready to vitalize your creative life?