Your art journal is a powerful tool that you can use to manifest the dreams your soul desires.
I have discovered something important: there is an inexplicable link between our self-esteem (our emotional and subjective evaluation of our worth in this world) and our ability to engage successfully in creative activities and life in general.
I feel this is similar to the connection between mind and body – if one isn’t working properly (defect alert!) then neither is the other. If your brain has a puncture or a clot, your body will wither and die. The same goes for your creative ability.
If you don’t feel good about YOU, how can you possibly expect to grow your creative depth and learn to trust your intuition and your deepest desires? How can you take those first scary – and often wobbly – steps towards your dreams? How can you achieve anything at all if you don’t really believe in yourself?
How you choose to approach your art is how you choose to approach your life
I would like you to think of the pages of your art journal as a microcosm of your life. Every morning we awake to a new blank page and every day we choose to fill that page with our thoughts, words and actions – the pages of our everyday lives.
The way we approach our art journal often mirrors the way we approach everyday situations. I have come to realize that I have been choosing to live my life in great fear: fear of the past coming to haunt me, fear of what may lie ahead in the future, fear of not achieving what I want most. Countless days have passed where I have chosen to splatter my pages with negative, broiling splashes of pain and angst. I can often feel really down on myself and I can so easily get lost in my own self-absorbed world of insecurity that I forget the real truth that exists within me: I have the power to create magic in my life.
Since discovering creative journaling, I have noticed that I often turn up to the pages of my art journal with these same fears. I am so fearful of mucking it up, making a mess, creating something ugly or looking really really stupid! These fears often stop me from creating just as they often stop me from making progress in my everyday life. When consumed by fear, I find it hard to think straight, make simple decisions and I worry all the time about every single tiny thing happening in my life. It takes a lot of effort for me to be present and enjoy this very moment.
Let’s Build Creative Confidence
For the month of September, I will be focusing on the theme of building a sense of creative confidence. I believe that if we wish to live our best lives and manifest the dreams that our souls desire, then we must first turn inwards and look at how we feel about ourselves. To have a healthy and respectful relationship with ourselves is the first step in creating the life we have imagined for so long. If we want to manifest the dreams our soul desires, we must first truly believe we deserve them. Until then, those desires will always stay just out of our reach!
Heaps of small things add up to heaps of HUGE things
I was watching an interview between Andrea Schroeder and Samie Harding (from Journal Girl) yesterday and Samie said something that really struck a chord with me: “Just do one thing everyday towards your [goals]; heaps of small things add up to huge things.”
I think this is a superb way to approach the ever-so-huge-and-scary-yikes! topic of building our self-confidence and self-esteem.
We have to be emotionally honest with ourselves. To make changes in our lives, we have to be able to say, “I feel bad about this,” or “This is where I am at right now.” We have to be able to honestly evaluate our situation instead of ignoring it, or banishing it from our thoughts. Only then can we start taking small actions towards fixing it.
Action #1: Acknowledge where you are right now and set an intention for how you want to move forward
As I said in my Creative Journaling video, I have started engaging with Andrea Schroeder’s 30 day journaling project – Creative Emergence.
Andrea says that once we have established an intention for our creative dreams, we need to meet with our intention in our journals everyday in some way and we can choose how and when we engage with that intention.
Here is my intention:
Action #2: Dig out your deepest fears
One way I have chosen to engage with my intention is to face my deepest fears that hold me back from my acting on my desires.
Behold the Fear Jar!
To have a container to place our fears, gets them out of our heads and onto the page where we can see them and recognise them. I was surprised at some of the ideas that came up such as my fear of death. This is something I will definitely be exploring further in my art journaling when I finally get going! Can you feel the resistance?
Action#3: Nurture your intention and dream
I felt my intention needed a bit of TLC so I wrote it a love letter…
Your turn – engage with these prompts in your journal
- What does your soul yearn for? Can you imagine it in your mind? Can you describe it, or draw it?
- What are your deepest fears? What is holding you back from manifesting the dreams that your soul desires?
- How can you engage with your intention this week? Do it 🙂
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