Magical Time

Sweet Creative Flow.

When everything comes easy.

Your fingers are gliding across your instrument
The words are pouring out of your pen
Your brush is moving with ease across the canvas
You click your camera just as the light illuminates

You are tapped in, and there is this energetic force running through you, and a deep fulfillment, because you are doing what you love….

AND IT’S EASY.

Looking at your Art, you know this is a true expression from YOU.

It’s like a sweet ocean breeze, right?

So, why do we so often experience this instead….

You’re staring at a blank computer screen
You feel overwhelmed and exhausted
The blank paper  or canvas is there and you are SO unmotivated

NOTHING IS COMING…..

Isn’t this what you love?
Isn’t this your passion?

What is the DEAL?

It may be something so simple, and yet this one thing can make the difference between you actually creating Great Art or remaining stuck.

The secret?

TIME.

 

Craig Ballantyne of The Perfect Day Formula defines this Flow state as, Magic Time.

It’s the actual time in your day when you are at your most Creative.

Any idea when that is?

If not, no worries!  Let’s play a game.

Take today, and write down what you are doing and how you are feeling throughout your day.  Craig likes to suggest using 20 minutes intervals.

When do you feel most alive?
When are you getting the most done?
When do you just want to curl up in a ball and sleep?

And the thing that’s most beautiful is, this is totally individual.

One of my clients is father to four energetic boys.  Morning time is with his sons, and at night he is on fire.  This is his Magic Time, and he’s using it to write his first book.

Another client finds morning are her Magic Time for writing, and then she feels deeply inspired to paint at night, so she has bookend Magic Times for her days.

What about you?

 

I love to write.  Sitting down every week to connect with you is a joy, however, I found I was having trouble.

My blog publishes on Fridays, and I would sit down on Thursday afternoons or evenings to write, and I was feeling crunched.

I was feeling stressed as I wrote, and found 2-3 hours would go by, and I was questioning a lot of what I was writing.

Ugh!

Have you ever felt like this?

Then, I decided to try something new, and had a total shift.

I woke up one Wednesday morning and decided to write first thing, before taking care of anything else in my business.

The result?

A blog post that flowed with ease in less than an hour.

Not only did this free up my very full Thursdays, it boosted my confidence, and gave me the space to fully explore and ENJOY my writing.

I discovered that my morning right after I meditate is my MAGIC TIME.

This is when I am at my least resistant, and most focused.  This makes the process more joyful, and the QUALITY of my work much higher.

Instead of wasting hours in indecision and frustration, I can get my writing done, and feel GOOD about it.

 

We are not meant to be at war with our Art.

Take a breath, and look at your Day.  What are you giving your time and energy to specifically, and stop trying to FORCE or PUSH.

What got you here won’t get you there.

If you are continually finding yourself stuck, there is always a reason and it’s TIME to try something new.

It’s time to tap in, and become intimate with what actually serves you.

Find your Magic Time, and give yourself the gift of using it.  Turn off your other distractions, and step into your full Creative Power.

Step into your Flow.

9 Degrees of Separation

I’m staring at a giant monitor, my skull before me, at a sickening angle.

My chiropractor, Dr Imana, says,
I normally see this kind of deviation in whiplash patients.
You’re off by 9 degrees.

While I’m in shock at how misaligned my skull is from my neck, it is explaining why I’ve had such severe shoulder pain the last week.

But the word that is resonating like a tuning fork through my whole body, really makes the most sense….

Whiplash.

Dr. Imana looks at me with his caring eyes and says,
I also see this in my patients who have something really large happening in their life. So…what’s going on?

Oh……right…..this is making sense now.

 

What is your Creative Dream?
What is your Desired Vision?

Is it to:
Sell out Carnegie Hall
Be a NY Times Bestseller
Star on Broadway
Give a TED Talk
Have your Art Hang in the Metropolitan Museum
Win a Grammy

What drives your Process and feeds your Artistic Drive?

What is that vision, that if or when it comes true you will feel in your whole body and soul that you have ARRIVED?

We can spend so much time dreaming, and working, but what happens when it actually does come into our life?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, Your playing small does not serve the world. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
-Marianne Williamson

As Creatives, we can talk all we want about our Dreams, but when the spotlight is in front of us, how can we step in and actually be liberated? How do we fully make the impact we deeply desire?

It all comes down to one key element,

Alignment.

 

I look at Dr. Imana and smile,
I’m in love

And encapsulated in this is so many elements,
overcoming my fear of being hurt again
starting a new life partnership
moving out of my apartment

And ultimately forming a whole Creative life…one where I feel fulfilled in all areas.

All things I have been working towards, and wanting with my whole being, and here it is!

So, why was my neck so imbalanced?

Well…I’ve never been here before. 

The dream of Art that feeds me, work I love, a family and partnership that is deeply aligned with who I am as a woman today….this is all new.

At least, all of it together is new.
And it’s knocked me off my center.

Much like that roaring crowd waiting for you.

Are you aligned for the success you desire?

 

When I lay down for my adjustment, Dr Imana said,
I want you to think about this work as something we do together.  Place your attention on moving your skull center and open, center and open.

Once the adjustment was over, I felt as though a huge shift had occurred, and I was led to a dim room to relax with a guided meditation.  As soon as the headphones were placed on my ears, I began to cry.

Something was moving.

My neck was aligned, and now I could just freely flow.  My fear left my body, and I relaxed into the chair.

And a thought occurred to me,
This timing is perfect.

In order to welcome in all I desire, I need to be aligned for it.

My body had been sending me a clear message, and it was time to create new space; release the old fears, as they don’t serve me anymore.

Not for the life that is unfolding.

What about you?
What are you still holding on to?

 

So, how can you get aligned with your Dreams?

Take a moment right now, and grab a pen and paper.

Write down your Creative Vision, and then look at your actions towards them.  Take stock of your mindset, and your language. Look at your messaging, your collaborations, and habits.

Alignment: the proper adjustment of the components of a machine, circuit, etc., for coordinated functioning.

and

a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.

We can so commonly get caught in believing we aren’t READY for success, but the answer may lie in whether or not we are ALIGNED.

This alignment begins WITHIN.

It begins with us, and then works it way out into our Art, and then connects with our audience.

Take a look at your paper, and see where the gaps are.

When we can release the judgment against ourselves, the answers come pretty easy.  And then the next step is just to ask for help.

I came to this new place with A LOT of help, and it was when I was willing to release the belief that I HAD to do it alone, that my business bloomed, and I was led to coaches and mentors and healers that have allowed me to create the life I want.

There’s been something holding you back for awhile, and today you have the opportunity to adjust.

Move Center and Open
Center and Open

Step into your light and align your life to SUPPORT that.

And then inspire your audience to do the same. Align with THEM, cooperate with what they need, and are clamoring for from you.

Align your Artistry with your Humanity, and your audience will follow suit.

This will create the deepest impact.

The success may feel like a whiplash, but it’s just the opportunity to create more space.

 

Who are you to be brilliant?
ALIGNED.