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    Creativity keeps being a hell of an interesting topic to me. It really feel like it is within each and every one of us, so I love to dig in it further and further, as I keep coming to eye-opening realisations about it. There’s some truth to the fact that the creative mood is something unpredictable and untameable. But that doesn’t mean we cannot pursue a lifestyle that allows us to cultivate it, so that it becomes more infused within our lives.
    In this post that I wrote a while ago, I summed up some unusual ways to spark up creativity …which also result in keeping life exciting. Thinking creatively is a great thing to practice even if you’re not an artist, a maker or a designer. It simply allows anyone to get “outside the box”, unlock their true potential and realize some interesting things about themselves. To get in touch with what’s inside. We all have it. That’s what creativity is, essentially: intuition.

    The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

    —Albert Einstein

    Intuition is vague and interesting: it represents the insight of understanding without reflection or rational thought processing. However, this is usually seen as unreliable, unscientific and irrelevant to the “real world”, simply because it is difficult to investigate and qualify. No wonder why many of us have lost touch with it, and why kids tend to have more intuition than adults do: we’ve been educated in a way that places rational thinking (and the materialism that accompanies it) forward.

    We are all meant to be creative. To be creative is the mere meaning to question things, to question our existence, to dare to think differently. So that we can live up our true purpose: our dharma. So if you’re frustrated and dealing with a creative block or you’re just curious about how to fire up that creativity within you, it might just be time to tap into something less …”real worldly“. Something a little more spiritual, because this is after all, the language of your intuition and that gift that you have within you. Yes, it sounds a bit woo-woo but …Why not give it a shot?
    Here are some of my favourite high-vibe ways to fire up creativity & intuition.
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     → Have a creative altar

    The things that you surround yourself with all have a voice. They speak directly to your intuition. So surround yourself with things that inspire you.
    Collect inspiring items: photos, quotes, trinkets keep them in a treasure chest or box to feel excited and remember ideas whenever you open it. Or, if you feel more daring, you can designate a special room or little “creativity corner” in your space, which you can embellish with a few objects or pictures that hold a special meaning to you and your inspiration. Be careful not to clutter it, but curate it just like a mood board. That way, your brain will get into the habit of being creative every time you’re in that area.
    David and I actually used to have a whole wall like that in our appartment, and it certainly worked. Now that we’re travelling often, I still try to create these little corners, (even if just temporary), wherever we are – by collecting drawings, project ideas and cuttings from local plants.
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    → Using the power of herbs

    As many of us know, herbs do have special healing powers. And I’m not “just” talking about pot here …but all kinds of herbs around you. Their scent in particular, can tap into special emotions – so there’s no wonder why aromatherapy is a thing! When you smell something, it can take you back to a time in your life or give you certain clues and ideas. That’s one more way to speak directly to your intuition and bring back emotions to the surface, which can be a vehicle to create. So give them a shot. Try to use certain plants that are native to your area or where you grew up, and use them as aromatherapy or simply as tea. Then, find the herbs that make you feel “at home” and make them part of your every day.

    A couple of my favourite herbs of all time are oregano and rosemary. They will always remind me of those warm summers in Greece, of the food, the good company and driving around the beach. So they always spark deep emotions whenever I just rub them in my hands and smell the goodness. After that, it really feels like all my senses are heightened and my brain starts processing new ideas.

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     → Try divination tools

    Now we’re getting mystical – and that’s where it gets interesting. Divination tools work on the principle that nothing is just a “pure coincidence” and that everything can be interpreted as a sign to connect to your truth. Everything is connected, and our consciousness is in fact one with the universe. So when we set the intention to receive guidance and open ourselves up to doing so, we always will.

    This can be particularly interesting if you are looking to minimize the noise and gain some clarity in your life, as well as understand what your deeper purpose is meant to be. In that sense and once again through the drive of your intuition, this can help you fire up your creativity in a completely unexpected yet grounding way.

    Although I have not yet tried many divination tools (and I admit being a complete beginner with this), I got pulled into it when I stumbled upon the Serpentfire Tarot. This is an incredibly beautiful deck of cards created by talented artist Devany Wolfe and I’m so happy to have found out about it. She describes it as the culmination of 8 years of artistic and spiritual work …and it is undeniably so. Every image just speaks to me in such a deep way and I can’t wait to continue using it and see what it reveals. I highly recommend you give it a go! Devany is also about to release another amazing deck called the She Wolfe Tarot. I love to follow its progress as well as all of Devany’s musings on her instagram account. She, herself is a huge source of inspiration for me!

    It is the nature of intuition to spark and guide creativity, and it is an essential ingredient for anything new in the “real world” to happen at all.

     


    Linda is a mediterranean wild spirit. People are her primary inspiration and shape her creative world. She likes to experiment with illustration, hand lettering, and custom-made ideas that don’t always involve a computer and is striving to create unique imagery. She’s in love with all things natural, real and meaningful. Half-Luxembourgish and half-greek, she swears by cretan mountain tea from her homeland to keep her fueled during busy days, and is an avid fan of Wes Anderson movies.

    • Hey Linda! I loved reading your thoughts on creativity 😀
      Also thanks for the advice, I also agree its really important to surround yourself in a creative environment in order to work better creatively. As always, I love what you guys do!
      Big hug,

      Mariana

      • Thank you Mariana, that means a lot to us <3

        Indeed, being in the right environment, or turning our own a space into something that inspires is so essential to speaking to this creative intuition within us. We find that balance somewhere between having a creative space of our own and travelling to soul-nourishing places the rest of the time. How about you? 🙂

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