Guest Post by Lesley Phillips
Creativity, Writing and How to Make Your Visions Real
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?”
These quotes from George Bernard Shaw validate my personal experience of writing. They contain all the ingredients for successful creativity. First you must have the desire to write and believe that you are capable of writing. Then you must be able to visualize what you wish to write about, and finally capture it on the page.
The Desire to Write
All creations emerge from desire. This applies to absolutely everything you create in your life, such as works of art and literature; as well as positive experiences and unfortunate circumstances. It is based on a universal truth, which states that energy follows thought. This means that when you have particular thoughts you are directing your energy towards that outcome. Having the desire to write is a necessary ingredient in becoming a writer.
Belief in Yourself
If you wish to make your creativity a conscious process; and let’s face it, on the level of creating your life that seems like a really good idea; then it’s important that you believe in yourself as a powerful creator. For example, if you want to create abundance you must believe that this is possible. It follows, if you want to write, you must believe that you are a writer.
Visualize Your Creation
I was able to write the “The Midas Tree” because I was able to see the story. I have come to understand that this how many creative people function from Einstein to J.K. Rowling. If we go back to the concept that energy follows thought then this makes sense. By consciously picturing what you want to create, this law gets to work for you.
Don’t Be Controlling
Did you ever notice if you hold onto something too tightly it slips from your grasp? Also if you impose unnecessary limits, due to pre-conceived ideas about what your creation should be like, then you restrict what is possible. This is often the case when we engage the intellect; it interferes with our creativity, because creativity is limitless, whereas the intellect is logical and linear.
Recognize Your Creations
The other side about being too particular about what we wish to create is that we may not recognize good ideas when they come to us. We may not recognize people or circumstances that arrive in our lives to stimulate our creativity and as a direct result of the desires we wish to fulfill.
Allow Yourself to Have
This is a big one. A lot of people are great at visioning what they want, but when it arrives on their doorstop, then do not feel worthy, or they put other people first, so that their happiness always comes last. This might translate to a writing career, where opportunities always get put on the back burner because of the need to earn money, look after the family and so forth.
I’m a meditation teacher. So this is an area where I find I am able to help people a lot. Meditation is a great way to let go of self limiting beliefs. For example: I can only have so much, I am not talented enough, it’s too competitive out there, its difficult for a first time author to be successful. Meditation allows you to see them as the lies they are and release them from your reality.
Celebrate Your Creations
I’m happy to say that I followed my own advice when I wrote my book and now am able to celebrate its birth into the world. If this process worked for me then it can work for you too. Even if you don’t want to be a writer, you can apply these tips to your life. After all every one of us is hear to create.
Dr Lesley Phillips is a speaker, author, workshop leader, spiritual and meditation teacher based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Her novel, The Midas Tree will be born on 11th November 2011