How long has it been since you have seen that inner child of yours? That true essence that is inside all of us can be in hibernation, or worse yet, in hiding. It happens as we turn off these feelings and conform to our environment and begin to listen to others rather than to ourselves.

Our inner child likes to have fun and play. This is a part of what makes us who we are and without it there can be an indescribable feeling that something is missing. We need creativity to increase spiritual connections to our original or authentic self. So how do we go about doing this? It begins by investigating the process. Here are some tips you can use to guide you along.

  • Think of things you enjoyed doing as a child. What form did your creativity take when you were young? Do a meditation and ask to speak to the child in you. Place yourself into the role of fun, visualize the feeling, then what are you doing? Are you alone or with others? While staying in this place and feeling young and carefree, jot down at least five activities that you enjoyed.
  • Let go of false beliefs. Everyone has been criticized about their creativity, whatever form it took. Sometimes this happens so early we are not able to recall the freedom of creativity with criticism. These can be so deeply rooted that we are not consciously aware of what was said or done to form these false beliefs. For others it is right on the surface. Jot down some of what pops into your awareness regarding these false beliefs.
  • Be open to change. Replace false beliefs with what is true. The conversion process is not an easy one, for some it takes years of group and individual work. To begin, though, think of the most loving person or entity and put a voice to what they would say to you. Counter the false beliefs with what this loving spirit would TRULY say. Read these back to yourself, this is the reality.
  • Let go of the outcome. It is the process of doing that gives us the joy we are seeking. It is the ego that wishes to control the outcome of what we do. So when we were young and carefree, we just loved to dance and draw for the FEELING it gave us. Much of the time it was not meant to be a permanent record of achievement.
  • Start small and uncomplicated. As with the last point, I want to begin with the expectation of PROCESS. Begin with no destination in mind. You do not have to buy $300 pain supplies or take expensive dance lessons unless this is truly where your heart leads you. There are many forms of free art in our backyard, so to speak.
  • Decide how much time you want to dedicate to the practice of creativity. Be practical for what will work for you. Avoid being too lofty with this goal, as this is a trap some fall into. Instead, carve out a few short sessions, maybe just 3-5 minutes, and build from there. Be spontaneous.
  • Structured or unstructured – you need to decide what works best for you. Take a few minutes a day or several minutes – it doesn’t matter. Have a clear intention to be creative during the day.
  • Decide what moves you the most. Music, writing, dancing, drawing … Select the form you feel touches your spirit the most, but mix it up occasionally.
  • Avoid obstacles that could get in the way of implementing the practice. Get support. Support will give us that added energy to move through creativity. Joining a workshop or group session with like-minded people can be very exhilarating.
  • Give yourself positive affirmations and believe in yourself. Be gentle and kind with your creative spirit. Even though it is always there, you are maybe just reintroducing yourself to it. Foster it with kindness.

Teresa Van Lanen is a life coach who conducts presentations, seminars, workshops, teleclasses and other events that help people reconnect with their creative spirit and move into more joyful and productive lives. For products and services visit Teresa at www.makingartoflife.com. Sign up for a free quiz to gauge how much creative energy you have and other tips. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Facebook as well.

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