thing inside to make sure I've got it all.
Favorite pen set? Check.
I leave the house ready to have tea with the Muses whenever they choose to call upon me today. Recently I've been listening to Twyla Tharp's book "The Creative Habit" and she tells the story of
Paul Auster who, as a child got to meet his baseball idol Wille Mays. He bravely asked Mr. Mays
for an autograph and Mays responded "Sure…got a pencil?" Neither Paul nor any of the adults he
was with that day had a pencil that day. Mr. Mays said "sorry kid…no pencil, no autograph." From
that day forth he always made sure he had a pencil and partially jokes this is how he became a writer.
While Ms. Tharp uses this story to get you thinking about what tool or tools nourish your creativity so much that without its presence you feel "naked and unprepared", this struck me as important thing to remember as I touch my things in preparation for the Muses of Inspiration. For Paul Auster inviting inspiration was carrying a pencil with him. As an artist, my daughter invites inspiration by carrying her sketchbook and pencils with her, ready to be brought out any time we are waiting. In both cases, they are prepared for inspiriation.
The difference in between them is that for some reason, that inspired thought became
an idea taking root in your consciousness. What was it about that idea that stayed with you?
I believe it was something that spoke to your spirit and aligned with your purpose. Your spirit
already knows what your purpose is and knows what you need in order to be living from it.
So you can trust that when you're given inspiration for something to create in your life, you
already have everything you need in order to make it happen.
Instead of treating inspiration as a 'one in a million thing, why not prepare for it as you would
a guest visiting your home? Make space for it by checking in with the elemental forces of creation
and clear space for inspiration to come in.
What are some of the things you can do in the earth realm, physically, to make space?
Can you clear that table off and organize your supplies so it's ready for you to make art?
Can you carry a notebook or journal with you to catch ideas while you're waiting for the
kids to finish their classes? What do you need to do in the water realm of emotions?
Do you need to give yourself permission to play without being perfect? Do you need to
learn to go with the flow? And in the mental thought realm of air, do you need to clear out
old beliefs about what inspiration and creative time is 'supposed' to look like? What fire
actions do you need to take? Do you need to let go of some old things or transform an area
of your home or schedule to makes space for inspiration to flow in a new way?
You could be as close as a breath away from that inspired idea that you use to direct the course of your life. Tuning into the elements and treating inspiration as an honored guest opens you to the possiblity that you have exactly what it takes to create it.