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.

Gaining Perspective

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Like The Hanged Man in the tarot, we could all sometimes use a change in perspective. But this can present its own challenges. How do we know when we need to step back from something, think outside of the box, gain further clarity? The short answer is: when we feel stuck or stagnant, when we aren’t progressing, when we feel the excitement and enthusiasm for something we once celebrated or looked forward to has vanished. When the ideas aren’t coming or the next steps aren’t presenting themselves.

Tarot can be helpful when it comes to seeking advice or guidance. If you’re here reading this blog, you probably know that already. Beyond that, finding clarity can be a phone call (or text message, or email, or visit) away. Conversations with others can open our eyes to things we never considered before. That one friend (you know the one) who helps you figure things out just through asking questions or making casual observations. Talking with people you know less well can also be eye-opening, as they may be able to offer insights more objectively.

Gaining perspective is usually simple—and often, the simpler, the better (or more effective). Getting out in nature, going somewhere you’ve never been before, spending time away from your usual environment can do wonders. Something like this is often the catalyst that gets the ideas flowing again. After time away from the usual scenery, especially if you’ve been confined to a certain locale due to the pandemic, you tend to come back with fresh eyes.

If we’ve been holding onto a problem for a while, it can be hard to let go of the need to find the solution, but that is often exactly what is needed for it to make itself known. When we shift our focus to something we can appreciate or we otherwise get into the receiving mode, we create a path that allows what we’ve been asking for to flow to us. Followers of the Law of Attraction know this well. Let go to receive. It’s usually when we stop looking for the answer that the answer comes.

For all you seekers, here’s a spread you can use to support your process:

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  1. What am I not seeing?
  2. Where could I use some perspective?
  3. How can I gain perspective?

Trusting the Process

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Imagine you’re driving down a road at night. The only illumination is coming from your headlights, and beyond that, the rest is a mystery, shrouded in darkness. You trust that the road continues beyond what you can see, so you keep driving, the guidelines painted on the road snaking off endlessly into the hidden distance.

The healing journey is a little bit like that, and so is life. We keep going, because we trust that there will be a next thing, and a next, that we won’t suddenly cease to exist or fall off into planar nothingness. The healing journey is ours to navigate. It’s important that we trust the guideposts to show us the way. In order to see them, though, we must be paying attention.

Doing the work sometimes means navigating through darkness. Sometimes our only light comes from within, but our inner light is the brightest light of all. Once we uncover it, we remember who we are; we remember our truth. We may reach a point where we decide that we want to discard everything that covers up that light. Through a process of healing, clearing, and releasing—one layer at a time—we discover how brightly we can really shine.

As long as we keep moving and keep desiring to heal and grow, we will. No matter how blocked off we are or how deep our pain, we can reach that heart-opened place of allowing where the answers flow to us and the guideposts light up like beacons. Where we flow easily in alignment with our higher self and receive our highest guidance as naturally as we inhale breath into our lungs.

The more we trust, the more we let go of our grip and relax the need to control outcomes. That’s when things start to come together. Great ideas flow to us, solutions spring up in our path, and we realize suddenly how far we have come. We look back on the times we leaned into trust and flowed with the process, and understand that it led us to exactly where we needed to be.

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 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. 

Daily Reading: January 20, 2021

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As the twentieth day of the first month, today brings forth new manifestations borne of partnerships. Our co-creative efforts with the divine and with those on the earth plane are supported with a divine frequency. New partnerships may be made apparent now. These partnerships create synergy that manifests new energies and brings about efforts quickly in manifested physical form. We are reaching new, elevated heights of being, seeing, thinking, and understanding. Twenty brings clarity and perspective, and may find us dreaming bigger than ever before and looking toward the long-term as we unite our resources and come together with co-creators to build the manifested dream. The two twenties in today’s date followed by twenty-one indicate forward progress that is preceded by clarity; this clarity generates positive momentum that leads us forward and helps us to progress.  We are asked to proceed with integrity in all we do.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eight, which yields energies of infinite abundance and prosperity. Abundance is ours for the asking—and the receiving. Allowing ourselves to be in the receiving mode today is to our benefit. Remaining open to new ideas, possibilities, and opportunities can take us places we never thought we would go, and can lead us to what we desire more quickly. We are asked to remain open to alternate routes, as the universe knows the most direct path toward our manifestations, and it isn’t always the path we thought it would be. Trust is important and we are asked to examine where our beliefs don’t line up with our desires. Do we want something but not believe we can have it? If so, we can rewrite the beliefs that do not serve us with new ones that do, simply by thinking new thoughts until they become beliefs. We are asked not to give up on ourselves or our dreams, and instead, to dream bigger, to reach higher than ever before. Every wish, every thought, every hope is heard, felt, understood, and received by the universe, and it all matters, more than we could possibly know. 

Mantra: I allow my biggest dreams, my deepest desires, and my loftiest goals to flow into my life in the highest and best ways possible. I trust in the universe and receive all that is good with an open heart. 

Daily Reading: January 14, 2021

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As the fourteenth day of the first month, today sees us making progress and gaining solid footing in matters of importance. Meditation, grounding, and spending time in nature are allies to our strength and improvement, and help fortify us energetically. Our dreams are being made manifest, and we are benefitted by trusting this and strengthening in our faith that everything is working out according to our highest good. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eleven, and two. Eleven is a gateway number that shifts us from one energy into another. Where we choose to focus our energy is key. When multiple ones appear, as with eleven, it is especially important to keep our thoughts positive. Underlying our thoughts are our beliefs, what we hold to be true. Beliefs can work in our favor or they can block us from receiving what we have asked for. We can rewrite beliefs by thinking new thoughts that benefit us and repeating them to ourselves throughout each day. “Everything is always getting better and better for me” is one example. Eleven and two also indicate partnerships, as we are co-creating with our higher selves and with others in the physical plane. We are also in partnership with our minds at all times. When we keep our energy strong and pure through meditation, prayer, creativity, allowing ourselves to experience joy, and doing what makes us happy, we are giving ourselves solid footing to stand on and energetically allowing the foundations of all that is good in our lives to strengthen. 

Mantra: I welcome improvements to me on all levels. I welcome alignment with my highest path and purpose, clarity, unconditional love, and compassion into my heart.

Daily Reading: January 13, 2021

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As the thirteenth day of the first month, today carries vibrations of manifesting into the physical. These energies may bring us news and messages that serve as the catalyst for change, both small and significant. We are guided to set goals and to look ahead at our future, to dream big, and to look further beyond what we may have previously envisioned for ourselves. The first three digits of today’s date, 113, indicate a gateway to manifestation; passing through the gateway, 11, leads us to the realized or physicalized results we have been waiting for. This will certainly look different for each of us, and some may find information through tuning into the Source within, through meditation or deep contemplation, that serves as a key or a significant missing piece. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us ten, which sees old cycles closing and the manifestation of new beginnings. We are moving from what was into what will be, and what is becoming. We are guided to stay focused on our goals and on the desired outcomes we wish to see manifested in our lives. We are also being asked to dream big, to set our sights higher than ever before, as all that we desire can be made manifest. We are here to create, and no goal is too big, no dream unattainable. When we tune into the knowing of our divine magnificence, we can access a vibrational awareness or remembrance that we are capable of all that we desire to achieve. When we tune into the visualization of the highest state we can imagine for ourselves, we are asked to then elevate our perspective to see ourselves somewhere even better. Writing down goals and visualizations are allies to our creation, especially now. Adding detail to visualizations, a little more each day, will help to add substance and momentum to our goals, as will ensuring that we engage with the visualization daily. Committing to our goals now will give them solid footing.

Mantra: I am capable of achieving all that I desire and more. I allow all that is good to flow to me. I receive all that is good with a grateful heart.

Daily Reading: January 11, 2021

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Today, 1/11, is a powerful day of awakenings and alignment to our soul purpose. It is a gateway manifestation day, and we are strongly guided to think only of the positive and to hold in our minds only what we wish to see manifested. When circumstances do not look as we wish them to, we are instead asked to visualize how we want them to look, rather than observing what is, and thereby continuing the vibration of, the way things currently are. We are reminded that everything in the manifested physical world began as an idea, a thought, or a desire, and that everything we see is the result of manifestations past. We are guided to create new manifestations, to look on what is not yet but what we desire to be and what we wish to see created. Every moment, the world is born anew. With every thought, wish, dream, and desire, our reality is rebirthed. We are guided to hold ourselves to ever-higher standards, and to see ourselves in a more elevated state, not only in the physical but also in who we are, as we reach for higher levels of integrity in all that we think, do, and say, as well as in the vibration that we hold.

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us eight, a number of abundance. Eight reminds us that we are spiritual beings here having a human experience, and as divine beings, we have at our fingertips the components, or the palette, of all that we desire to create in this manifested reality. It is up to us how we wish to assemble it, and to what degree we wish to allow it into our lives. Heart openings are also indicated now. When we open our hearts, not only are we allowing ourselves to receive more of the abundance that is available to us in every now-moment, we are also opening to the greater part of who we are as spirit, as divine beings and masterful creators of our own reality. Eight asks us to allow all that we have asked for to flow to us, as we open to receive more and more. As we improve at allowing or receiving, we may find that we are increasingly able to let go of old 3D constructs of control, lack, and fear-based mentalities that attempt to keep us small and feeling guilt for experiencing abundance. As more of us open to living the lives we came here to create and experiencing appreciation and joy for living abundantly, we show others the way—even if not directly, through lived or observed physical experience, vibrationally as our joy and allowing resonates throughout the collective and is felt on levels unseen.

Mantra: I open my heart to receive all that is good. I am constantly improving and elevating to higher levels in all aspects of my life.

Daily Reading: January 10, 2021

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On this tenth day of the first month, we find ourselves in a space of closure. We may be prioritizing our own needs and allowing what is ready to go to release with finality. As cycles end, we keep looking forward, remaining present in each now moment while focusing on where we are headed and what we can do and create in the present to ensure our desired future outcomes. We are allowing the necessary release to happen while creating anew, manifesting our desires and finding ourselves in receiving mode more often. We are healing and becoming aware of what it is to succeed as we flow with the energies that uplift us. As we open our hearts, we begin to understand what it is to be truly free, to experience the sovereignty that is our birthright. Today’s energies can carry us up and away into elevated spaces if we allow them to, bringing us into something that is better and brighter than ever before. 

Adding up all of the numbers in today’s date brings us seven, a number of good fortune and spiritual expansion. Engaging in further inquiry into subjects of interest may benefit us now, as the intellect, studies, perseverance, and determination are highlighted now. We are guided to expand our minds, to explore our passions and interests, and to allow ourselves to experience the spiritual growth and expansion we came here for. This is also a potent time of manifestation. Identifying what we wish to create is especially important now, and as a whole, we are manifesting our desires at a more rapid rate and with greater ease. Getting into the flow state opens us to receive what we have been asking for. We are guided to do daily visualizations to align us with our manifestations and magnetize them to us at an even more rapid rate. This is a potent time in which significant closures and changes are happening quickly. Be prepared to hold onto the reins and stay the course, keeping your focus on where you desire to go while trusting the universe to take you there. Today’s energy is very much like The Chariot card in the tarot, which bears the number seven.

Mantra: I release what does not serve me and open my heart to receive all that is good. I welcome blessings and abundance of all kinds.