How do you Create? ... getting inspired by cultivating inner stillness

All artists, whether they know it or not create from a place of inner stillness, a place of no mind.

― Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

A good friend asked me recently “where do you draw your inspiration from?” it reminded me of this quote by Eckhart Tolle - but also mirrored what I had heard from acclaimed artists in many disciplines. I read many biographies of artists and found it interesting that almost all of them say inspiration strikes from another source outside of themselves - so ‘you have to be ready’. They suggest to just keep doing what you do: writing, practicing, creating … then at some unknown point, when the stars are aligned, the divine source will flow through you and use you like an instrument … It just depends how skilled that instrument is, as to how well the information can be channelled, expressed and manifested. The only way to become skilled at something is to do it over and over again. Japanese master ceramicists say you can only become a master when you’ve thrown something like thirty thousand pots! 

Cultivate Stillness and Tune In

  1. Go outside ideally early in the morning: Walk in nature or find a still spot in the sun

  2. Recconnect to your breath. Put one hand on your stomach and the other on your heart

  3. Take a full breath in through your nose, let your belly push your hand out. Breathe out fully. Take your time

  4. Disconnect from the millions of thoughts running in your head. Connect to the stillness

  5. Observe your surroundings - the animals, plants. Notice how the light moves, how the trees sway. Tune into the aliveness of simply being

You are now connected to the stillness - life force energy - the aliveness that supports you and surrounds you at all times.

When you disconnect from the thoughts (that are just often old, outdated, out of control programming) when you see that they are not you, that you are in fact a peaceful being inhabiting a flesh and blood body, you can observe the reality of ‘Now’. Without any history, past, future projections.

Lastly …. Check in with yourself to see how you are doing in each moment - can you see that you are ok? safe? can you experience the joy in just being alive and experiencing all this beautiful manifest reality?

Emma Leafe