On Inspiration and Creativity (We Are Receivers)

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When it comes to creativity, showing up is crucial. The simple act of being present at the page (blank or not)—or the canvas or stage, or whatever the medium may be—is a catalyst that incites the momentum of creation. Trust is important, and allowing is key. This means trusting ourselves to mould and shape the clay of raw materials, and allowing ourselves to have fun in the process. It also means allowing ourselves the time to play and explore.

Just showing up, in and of itself, is work. It’s part of the process.

When we do the work of showing up, creativity shows up for us. Put in another way, we allow creative inspiration and ideas to come to us when we set the intention, and set the stage, for them. Opening a blank page or setting a new canvas on the easel is an open invitation to creativity. It is an act of intention that says, “Here I am, I’m ready. Let me be a vessel for what wants to come through.” When we consider that we are a physical manifestation of source energy, and that we each have a source that is flowing well-being to us at all times, as Abraham-Hicks teaches, then when we get into the receiving mode, or the energy of allowing, we open the valve for creative inspiration and the beautiful manifestation of ideas to flow to us.

It’s helpful to release any expectations about the outcome, and certainly any anxieties. We honor the creative process when we just let it flow where it wants to flow. We can always rewrite or paint over or rework the creation in question to our heart’s content. When it comes to something like writing music, for example, we allow the song to be the best it can be when we let it flow naturally without forcing it. If the next chord sounds like it should be A but we had in mind to make it B, we can block or stifle the process by forcing it to be what it isn’t or steering it in a direction that is counter to where it would naturally flow. It’s about honoring the path of least resistance.

When we trust the creative piece itself, the process—and, it must be said, ourselves—to receive what is there for the receiving, that’s where the magic happens. We are receivers. When we tune in, when we show up, it’s like tuning the radio to a certain station so it can receive the music that is floating across the airwaves. How many times have you had an idea, but abandoned it or didn’t move forward with it at all, only to see that same idea crop up elsewhere, brought to life by the hand of some other artist? This ties into the concept of the collective consciousness. When we tune into creativity, we are allowing ourselves to be receivers for what is out there in the ethers, just waiting to find a vessel to manifest them. Ideas—songs, stories, and works of art in whatever form they may take—have a life of their own.

The thing about ideas, though, is that they’re not always convenient. Some of the best ideas can arrive at the most inopportune times. We may be in the receiving mode when we’re driving, but that doesn’t exactly make it an ideal time to record those ideas. But we have a duty to them, to honor them by being prepared or carrying them in our minds until we can write them down, sketch them, or what-have-you. Preparedness is helpful. Carrying a recording device (this could be your phone, via a recording app) or a small notebook and writing instrument can help ensure our ideas are not lost. When we honor our ideas—or you could say, the ideas we receive—we can bring forth some truly noteworthy creations.

April: The Month According to Tarot

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April is a magical month, ushering in positive new changes and energetic freedom. Rapid manifestations are imminent, and we best serve our highest good by keeping our thoughts positive and believing in ourselves and our greatest potential. We are guided to be confident, to know ourselves as the powerful creators that we are. The strong message this month is to stay positively focused on our goals and embrace the changes that are coming. The presence of The Magician and The Fool bring a crystal-clear message: Now is a powerful time of creating a new life and manifesting something truly magnificent. The new season has ushered in a brand new cycle. Positive change is truly in the air; can you feel it?

Q1: What is the overall theme of April? The Magician

You are the creator of your life, the weaver of your fate, the master of your own destiny. You hold the power to create the life you desire through your focus and attention. This month, we are working on manifesting in bigger, more expanded ways than we have before, and the energies are supporting us in our work as manifestations become more rapid. We get to experience the thrill of creation. Like an artist bringing a scene to life with a paintbrush, using the vast array of colors at their disposal, we weave, create, and build through where we choose to focus. We are guided to choose our thoughts carefully and become ever more mindful of how we see ourselves, what we are visualizing, what we choose to believe for ourselves, and our expectations. When we find our thoughts don’t line up with where we want to be, we have the opportunity to shift them in that moment. Every moment is a new opportunity; every moment holds vast potential.

Q2: Week 1: Seven of Cups

Sometimes a card of illusion and truth, the Seven of Cups can guide us to practice discernment—something we should always do—but this month especially, working in concert with The Magician, the Seven of Cups brings an even stronger message to pay attention to our thoughts and guide them so they align with our goals. This can take practice, but once we’ve made the decision to be mindful, we can catch ourselves when our thinking doesn’t align with our hopes and dreams, and then choose to focus instead on more positive aspects. With consistent practice, we begin to see results. Seeing our world in a positive light becomes easier and more natural the more we raise our vibration. Doing things that bring us happiness this week will help us to be in a place of receiving and lend us an easy ability to focus, when we choose to do so, in a place of positive expectation. This is also a card of visualization and believing in our dreams. This week, spending consistent time in visualization, perhaps a little each day, will prove especially rewarding.

Q3: Week 2: The Chariot

If we’ve been putting in the work that The Magician and the Seven of Cups have guided us to do, this week may find us moving quickly and needing to keep our focus on our goals to ensure we reach our destination, making changes as needed so we stay on track. The Chariot represents a fast-moving energy that can bring rapid changes and possibly even conflict that is beneficial for us to address early on so it doesn’t careen out of control unchecked. The conflict can be in relationships or within ourselves. We may be working to resolve internal struggles. This brings to mind the story of the two wolves; the wolf we feed—whether it represents positivity or negativity—is the one that will thrive and become dominant.

Q4: Week 3: The Eight of Swords

We may be trapped in a prison of our own making or we could be bound by forces outside of our control. Regardless of the situation, the one thing we can always control is our own minds. We may need to bring our focus back around to the positive so we can let go of whatever is occurring in the world around us and focus instead on the garden within. The garden is something we can create within our minds. Do we allow weeds to take over or do we pull them? This is a week to do inner work, as we face, heal, and clear what does not serve us (the weeds). When we weed the garden, we make room for the roses and the beautiful, thriving colors that illuminate our inner landscape. No matter what is going on outside, when we hold the light within, it will light up our entire lives. Our own light can break the strongest of bonds and free us from what may seem like the most impossible situations.

Q5: Week 4: Four of Cups

Something is being offered to us, but if our eyes are closed or we are otherwise turned away from possibilities that don’t fit the container we expect them to arrive in, we may be missing something of tremendous benefit. This week, we may need to take the blinders off so we can see with clarity. The Magician’s influence over this month reminds us that we create our own realities, and that we are always creating, moment by moment, with our every thought and vibration. The Four of Cups can indicate that we are bored, stagnant, uninspired, or not being challenged in the ways we wish to be. Sometimes doing something new or changing the scenery can offer fresh perspective. Where fours are numbers of stability and cups resonate with the realm of emotions, this card can also indicate emotional stability. We may be finding it, or grounding in it, seeking a stable place after a time of imbalance. We are guided to tap into inspiration and emotional harmony, and to find the joy within.

Q6: Guidance from the Universe for April: The Fool

Embrace fresh starts, welcome change, and frolic in the joy of new possibility. The world is vast and exciting, and holds much in store for those who are open to its treasures. The Universe is asking us to open our arms and our hearts wide to our own potential and to throw out the old blueprints; they are vestiges of a former life and have no grounding in our current reality. It’s time to toss away old ideas and limitations and embrace the freedom that is ours for the receiving. Forget everything you thought you knew—these are unprecedented times. Allow yourself to dream big and believe in your dreams with the open-hearted, pure belief of a child. Let yourself dream up the best reality you can imagine, for yourself and the collective. The world is magical and full of wonder; it only ceases to be so when we stop believing in the wondrous, limitless possibilities that are available to us all.

Daily Reading: February 5, 2021

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As the fifth day of the second month, today may bring positive change, ushering it forth with certainty, stability, and sureness that may be swift or catch us by surprise in the strength of its arrival. Good news is indicated today overall. Today may bring expansion and fulfillment. Now through the next few weeks, we are guided to be aware of our thoughts, words, and actions more so than usual; a keen awareness of our environment and our internal landscape will serve us well during this Mercury retrograde period. We best honor ourselves when we believe in our own potential and capabilities. Keeping our expectations positive will go far. We are reminded that we receive what we believe and that others often deliver to us what we expect of them.

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to twelve, and three. New manifestations are being borne out of partnerships and collaborations. We may find ourselves aware of our own potential, and also of the need to reclaim our power and sovereignty in certain areas of life. Personal freedom is in focus now. Staying aligned with our purpose and goals and reminding ourselves of our achievements and personal growth may be helpful. We are capable of great things, and every moment holds the potential to begin something magnificent. Allowing ourselves to fully experience joy will help us to grow and also heals the heart. This weekend, consider doing something nice for yourself and for someone else. We are guided now to fill our own cups so we can show up in the best way for ourselves and others. 

Mantra: I welcome positivity, growth, freedom, and positive change. I stand strong in my sovereignty and integrity. 

Daily Reading: February 2, 2021

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As the second day of the second month, partnerships, collaborations, and cooperation are in focus. Our dealings with others today and throughout the week may have a great impact, and it could be of critical importance how we choose to respond in any given situation. We are guided to facilitate harmony at all times, and to always look toward positive solutions and amicable resolutions. Something of great magnitude may be fostered through positive communication; pivotal collaborations could be born this week that mark a significant point of change, a fulcrum upon which something pivots, a path-opener. 

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to nine, which can be a number of expansion as much as it is about strength, integrity, and endings. We may be already aware of what is not serving us or may simply have a knowing that there is something better awaiting us. Setting intentions now for desired improvements plants a seed that has the potential to sprout at a later time. We are creating our reality in every moment through our desires, thoughts, and beliefs, and we have the power to shift our reality at any time. Anything that we have given sufficient attention to that has built up the requisite momentum can be borne into our lives. Focusing on growth today is beneficial, as is considering the areas of our lives we want to strengthen. The right people, opportunities, and circumstances have a way of showing up in divine right timing.

Mantra: I facilitate harmony and cooperation in my dealings with others. I invite unconditional love into all of my communications for the highest possible outcome. 

Daily Reading: February 1, 2021

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As the first day of the second month, today brings the opportunity for new partnerships and bright new beginnings in all aspects of life. Fresh starts and positive outcomes are all indicated today. The image I’m being shown is of a sparkling ocean and a bright sun lighting up a new dawn. The shoreline glitters and the ocean yields treasures in many forms as they wash up on the shore. This is a reminder that there is enough for everyone and that we live in an abundant universe, and also an indicator of the fresh new energies that are flowing in to support us. A new dawn is opening up to us in glittering expanse and welcoming us into the fresh, bright new energies that are flowing in. The ocean’s attributes of cleansing and purification are also indicated. We are guided now (as always) to maintain high levels of energetic cleanliness through intentional deep breathing and meditation. 

All of the numbers in today’s date add up to eight, a number of infinite abundance. Today may bring new opportunities on all fronts, as well as pleasant surprises and the opportunity for advancements. Something beautiful awaits each one of us; if only we believe, we will receive. We can best open up to the wonderful gifts that await us through knowing we are worthy (we are, infinitely so) and that we are deserving of all we desire. Remembering that we first receive the ideas for our goals and dreams because we are worthy and also because we are ready for them can be helpful. Today, the energies are supporting us in setting intentions and in creating new goals not only for this month, but for the remainder of this year and the time that stretches out before us. We are infinite, divine beings of light and we can achieve and live all that we desire. Nothing is out of our reach. All is available to us and we are fully capable of achieving even our loftiest goals.

Mantra: I breathe deeply into the knowing of my true worthiness and exhale all that does not support my highest good. I breathe deeply into the knowing that I am fully capable of achieving great things and living my best life.

Daily Reading: January 31, 2021

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As the thirty-first day of the first month, today may see us celebrating with friends and family, both near and far, and enjoying aspects of manifestation, even if they are only new ideas and desires. The moment a new idea or goal comes into our conscious awareness, we can rest assured that it is ready to be borne into our experience. We are guided to take time for enjoyment of life today. This can be as simple as painting or drawing, writing or journaling, listening to music, baking, taking a walk, engaging in self-care rituals, appreciating beauty in any of its many forms, or soaking up the sunshine. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us ten. We may be reaching stages of fulfillment and seeing completion on projects, as well as the conclusion of certain phases—energetic, emotional, and physical. The aspects of ten as well as this being the last day of the month ushers in energies of closure and release. We will benefit from taking some time to release today in ritual, which can be as simple as meditating, lighting a candle, or writing down intentions. If we aren’t sure how to let go or what we need to let go of, we will benefit from asking our allies in the light for guidance, knowing that it is surely forthcoming in answer to our asking. 

There is a carefree aspect to today that relates to letting go. When we allow ourselves to have fun, we let go of worries, cares, and concerns, even if only for a moment. We are asked to do this more, to allow ourselves this freedom, as it benefits us so much more than wallowing in heaviness. We each have the ability to rise up out of the muck and anything that has been weighing us down. We can reach the flow state in so many ways—conversations with friends, laughter, physical exercise, creating art, and music being just a few avenues. There is also great pleasure in considering how we would like to restructure our lives, given the complete freedom and unlimited resources to do so. Today, allow yourself to dream, even if only for a moment.

Mantra: I welcome love, laughter, beauty, joy, and celebration into my life and my heart. I honor and appreciate the goodness in my life.

Daily Reading: January 30, 2021

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As the thirtieth day of the first month, today may see us leaning into partnerships and co-creating new goals and dreams. Manifestations are imminent. You may be becoming aware of shifting energies as you continue on your healing journey; tuning into these shifts can bring clarity on whether the changes will benefit you and allow you to course-correct as needed. Trusting your instinct and your inner guidance is important now. Maintaining strong boundaries, energetic as well as emotional, is highlighted. Keeping your energy pure, clean, and strong is key. Now especially, in this time of great energetic shifts, it is important to ensure we are tuning into our higher guidance. This begins with maintaining high levels of energetic cleanliness, which is a critical precursor to aligning with our intuition and inner knowing. We are guided to continue clearing blocks, especially those at the heart. When you tune into your heart, what does it say? Considering what your heart needs at this time can be a stepping stone that leads you back to your path and guides you to the next steps on your spiritual journey. The zero in today’s date carries strong aspects of creating in partnership with the divine. Tuning into the heart with the intention of connecting to the Source within may unlock a treasure trove.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us nine, a number of enlightenment, expansion, and spiritual growth. We may be unlocking new levels of clarity and understanding regarding our life purpose and soul mission, and accessing deeper layers of creativity, intuition, and wisdom. This is a time in which, en masse, as a collective, we are desiring freedom in stronger ways than ever before. Our requests are always answered and we are guided to continue seeking personal sovereignty and to release our grip on resistance and any blockers we have to allowing things to shift in our favor and to bring us the desired state of being we seek. A vast expanse of opportunity surrounds each one of us, and we are each worthy and deserving of the infinite possibilities that are available to each of us at all times. We simply have to allow it in. This is a potent time of manifestation. We are guided to visualize and feel the desired state of being, to see it in as much detail as possible and to keep building on this visualization more every day, even if only in small moments throughout the day. We are reminded that it is okay when our desires, dreams, and goals shift, change, and evolve, and that this is a natural process that aligns to our own growth and evolution. When we don’t allow change, we stagnate. Nothing is certain but change, and as we flow into the shifting energies with positive expectations and trust, without resisting the change, we are allowing wonderful things to come to us.

Mantra: I trust in my ability to receive what is good and beneficial to me. I release all resistance to positive manifestations and allow them to flow to me with increasingly greater ease. 

Daily Reading: January 28, 2021

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As the twenty-eighth day of the first month, today may see us strengthening in our partnerships and building momentum toward our goals. We benefit from continuing to send positive energy to our manifestations. Today brings an aspect of culmination as energetically, certain things are beginning to wrap up and we may see the end of cycles, indicated by the ten in today’s date (2+8) and the subsequent beginning of new cycles of learning, growth, and experiences. To better gain a sense of closure before embarking on something new, we are guided to gather our thoughts to process and integrate what wisdom we can gain from the events and aspects that are ending now. This interim period is important as a time of processing, and possibly healing and integration, between phases or major life cycles. Long-held dreams and goals are gathering momentum and have the potential to manifest now. All we have to do is believe in them and let them in. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us sixteen and seven. Today especially, seven carries energies of good fortune and aspects of the intellect. We are encouraged to continue learning, growing, and expanding in our spiritual gifts as well as in our knowledge about them. Reading on any topics of interest is also indicated. Feeding our knowledge expands our horizons as it builds our understanding and opens up greater worlds of possibility. Flowing with changes and maintaining harmony in all that we do, including our relations with others, could be a key aspect today. We are reminded that we alone are in control of our choices, words, and actions. We get to choose how we respond to others. Regardless of someone’s behavior or words, we can always choose the higher ground. Today may find us needing to stay aligned, stay on our path, stay in our own energy, and not let ourselves get drawn into chaos or drama. Others may be acting from unhealed wounds and may be unconscious or unwitting players in the testing of our own resolve. We are asked to draw on our well of inner strength, which we have at our core as divine beings of light. We are reminded that all actions are rewarded accordingly.

Mantra: I have the power within me to stand strong in my truth and in my light. My greatest strength comes from love and compassion. 

Daily Reading: January 26, 2021

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As the twenty-sixth day of the first month, today carries energies and aspects of partnerships, co-creation, harmony, and abundance. Through our harmonious relations with others, we create stability, which in turn provides us with a solid platform from which to build, reach higher, grow, and set our sights on loftier goals. We are strongly encouraged now to dream bigger, aim higher, and look to elevate ourselves more than ever before. What is the best version of yourself you have envisioned? Now go beyond that, above that, and see your best you, and then reach even higher for your even better you. We are always growing, always changing, always learning and we can always thrive, more and more continually. We are asked to release the mindset that if something is good, the other shoe will eventually drop. It doesn’t have to be that way. As creators of our own realities, we can create the life we want. If we set the intention that things will always get better for us, and nurture that with a repeated daily mantra, we can reinforce this as a habit which then becomes a belief. Mantras can be repeated in the mind throughout the day and can help us to establish new, positive thought patterns and beliefs. We can rewrite our thinking in this way, through consistency and focus. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us fourteen and five. These numbers indicate the strengthening of foundations in our lives and the manifestation of new opportunities and creations stemming from this more stable platform, which may be energetic or could have to do with our relationships (with ourselves, others, the divine), our perspective, our beliefs, our vibration, our goals, our spiritual gifts, and just about anything else in our awareness. Change is indicated that is either positive on its face or that brings about a release of what was not serving us in order to make room for what is better, stronger, and more aligned. We may be experiencing expansion, either in our manifested reality or spiritually and energetically, and we may be aware of this or not to varying degrees. There is an indication today of subtlety and we are guided to tune into our intuition without preconceived ideas, but simply tuning in and allowing what is available to us to flow into our perception and awareness. The subtleties may be developments behind the scenes and it could benefit us to notice and become aware of them as they are taking shape and solidifying so we can make adjustments and set new intentions where necessary. Tools like tarot and oracle cards can be helpful now in guiding us to new understandings and helping us to better understand what may be hidden or just out of view, as well as anything it would benefit us to prepare for. We are asked to release fear, as it is just an illusion and we attract whatever we focus on.

Mantra: My life is always improving in every way. Everything is always getting better for me. Everything is always working in my favor. I am blessed, I am protected, I am divinely guided.

Daily Reading: January 24, 2021

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As the twenty-fourth day of the first month, today carries aspects of partnership, harmony, balance, unity, and stability. We may be coming together with those around us to unite ideas, insights, goals, and creations in ways that advance us. Through genuine connection and meaningful collaboration, we come together to create a synergy, a new energy that results from the unification of two ideas or aspects. We are guided to seek harmony and balance from wherever we are, and to consider how we can support those who support us, in our own unique ways. As we strengthen our connections with others, we create more meaningful, lasting bonds that allow us to carry each other. Friendships, familial connections, community, and business and creative partnerships are all indicated now. It is often true that we get out of something what we put into it.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us twelve and three. This numeric combination indicates community and celebrations, and further underscores the aspects of manifestations and attainment of goals through connections and partnerships. We may have been feeling for a while that there is something beneath the surface waiting to come through—this could be an idea or a significant breakthrough. If we are feeling it, we are ready to receive it. We can facilitate its birth by setting the intention of receiving it, then getting into the receiving mode through joy, laughter, appreciation, fun, or reaching the flow state. This can be a good excuse to call that person who always makes you laugh, and to make new connections with those who have a positive outlook. Positivity is key, as is believing that we are worthy and deserving of receiving all we desire and worthy of living our best and highest possibilities. Connection with animals is also indicated for some people today. You may find deep meaning, inner joy, and healing through spending time with animals and in nature. Meditating in nature, weather permitting, can be highly valuable. Consider making plans now for future travel, even if it is only to put pen to paper to plan it and dream it. If you could go anywhere, where would that be? Allow yourself to dream big—unfettered and free of all limitations.

Mantra: I am worthy and deserving of all I desire. I welcome my biggest dreams with an open mind and an open heart.