by Debra Landwehr Engle
Have you ever wondered what creativity truly is?
What if we defined it as the art of living rather than the art of painting a portrait or writing a novel?
What if creativity isn’t an attribute that only certain people have, but a birthright of being human?
What if creativity isn’t something you do, but it’s who you are?
And what if your spirit guides are your creative partners every moment of your life?
When I was writing Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, my writing guide told me this:
“Creativity is not just a talent some people have. It is the intentional partnership between our world and yours, brought into human form by your willingness to listen.”
In other words, the more you listen, and the more you focus on spiritual guidance and act on it, the more you’ll be able to express your creativity in everything you do.
So when are you creative?
- Any time there’s a problem and you manifest a solution, you’re creative.
- Any time you help a friend see things a different way, you’re creative.
- Every time you turn one thing into something else, you’re creative. (Case in point: transforming eggs, flour and sugar into a cake. It’s the alchemy of creation.)
Essentially, every time you breathe, you’re creative, since creativity is part of your DNA. So the question isn’t, “Am I creative?” Instead it’s, “How can I build an intentional partnership with my guides?”
There are endless ways to do that, but here’s one simple one to supersize your communication with your guides:
Do a vision board with your guides’ help. You may have created a vision board before, but it’s a more powerful exercise when you do it intentionally with your guides.
Get out a large piece of paper, several magazines, a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Now ask your guides what they’d suggest as a focus for your vision board.
Typically, a vision board is a way of visualizing what you’d like to manifest. But it could also be used to answer a question, help resolve an issue or point you in a clear direction.
So close your eyes, sit quietly for a few moments, take in three deep breaths, and ask your guides: “What is the focus of this vision board?” Pay attention to any sensations, images, words or feelings you receive, and trust their guidance for you.
Once you’re clear about the purpose of the vision board, set all expectations aside and ask your guides to lead you to the pictures and words you need most right now. Then simply start flipping through magazines.
Every time you see an image or a word that speaks to you, cut it out and set it aside. Do this for a set period of time—for instance, 10 minutes. Then spend another 10 minutes gluing the pieces at random to your sheet of paper.
Now it’s time to interpret your vision board. Ask your guides for help with this step, too, so you can understand the deeper meaning of the words and images you chose. It’s important not to judge or dismiss anything you put on your vision board. Instead, listen for the meaning.
For instance, if you’re married and you put a picture of a bride on your vision board, ask why. Maybe you’re going to feel newly married again. Maybe someone in your life is getting married and you don’t know it yet.
Ask other questions, too. For instance…
- “Why did this particular image speak so strongly to me?”
- “I have lots of white space on my vision board. What does that mean?” Or, in contrast, “My vision board is packed full. What does that mean?”
- “What’s the connecting thread of the words and images?”
- “What’s the one thing you want me to know right now?”
This is the beauty of the intentional partnership with your guides. It will reveal to you information and perspectives that you could not have thought of on your own.
So the next time you question your whether you’re a creative being, remember that partnership. Then let your creativity, and your spirit guides, speak.