Editor’s Note: It can be challenging to get the creative juices flowing, whether for writing or other creative expressions. Psychologist Rebecca Love shares some of the things she’s learned about facilitating her own creative expression.
Last year I created space to write. I have wanted to write for so long and have imagined myself writing the very book I recently published for years now. Last year I finally allowed this book into physical reality. I needed to get away from my day to day life, where I can be sucked back into mass consciousness and living as the human and not the Master, so I went on a long vacation overseas to create this space for myself.
Being overseas allows me time away from work, friends, family, household tasks and other distractions of normal human life. My Master self loves this alone time. Placing myself in a situation where there is nothing I have to do, nobody to see, nothing to buy or do, allows me the space to write. I am now finding it easier to create this ‘space’ in my normal day-to-day life.
For example, to write this article I have been monitoring how I created the space to do this. What I have learned is that it is the quality of the time, as well as the quantity of time I allocate to writing which is important. To start with, my writing time has to be scheduled. I put in my calendar ‘time to write’ and block out a morning or afternoon. Then I have to be strict in maintaining this time and not allowing regular human tasks to interfere with it, moving them around if necessary, in order to keep the writing time clear. I try and remember that allowing myself time to do things I love, one of which is writing, is actually loving myself, and it is important to honor this time.
For me personally, I need to be feeling at my best to allow ‘my best’ writing. I do not even attempt any creative writing when feeling tired or slightly unwell. I make sure to care for my human self and her needs in order to feel my best before I write. I need to have had a good sleep, usually a nice walk, listen to some uplifting music and complete some deep breathing. I believe all these steps help me allow my Master self to be fully present. Of course, the house also needs to be quiet. I live in a quiet neighbourhood, although if there are any noise disturbances, I usually wear ear plugs.
Before sitting down to write, I also have to ‘clear’ other distractions out of the way. Papers need to be moved from my desk, the telephone needs to be switched off, anything urgent has been responded to or dealt with the day before, so I know nothing will disturb me. I also schedule writing time for when my partner will be out of the house, for if nobody else’s psychic energy is around me, it is easier to allow in my Master Self. I have also spoken to my partner about my need for quiet when I write, and if he comes home early, he will busy himself outside so as not to disturb me. I have found I need to be at least 10 meters from anyone to feel I have enough psychic ‘space,’ for then it is easier to allow my Master Self and creativity to flow in.
The more ‘psychic’ space I have the easier it is for me to create. When I am overseas this is quite easy to achieve as contact with people is greatly reduced. When I am home, I need several hours physically alone before I start writing and usually do not leave my house at all on the day I’ve set aside to write, apart from going for a walk in nature. I don’t usually drive anywhere on a planned writing day as I don’t like to feel all the psychic noise out there in the traffic and mass consciousness.
I also need several hours of no contact with people before writing. This includes no emails, calls or social media. Contact with people seems to affect my concentration levels.
I have probably always been sensitive to these energies. When I was completing assignments at University, I would intuitively write these through the night. I now understand that not only was it a quiet time in the house, it was also psychically quiet and nothing would disturb me.
Over my years working as a psychologist, I realized that many of the tips and ideas I explain to clients could be written in a book to enable people to assist themselves with basic strategies for managing emotional issues. The tips and tricks are condensed to basic techniques people can learn for themselves to improve their mood.
Topics covered include:
• Tips to Reduce Depression
• How your Mental Health is Affected by your Thoughts
• How Language Affects your Mood
• Strategies to Reduce Anxiety: What Really Works
• How to Manage Anger
• Tricks to Help you Sleep
• How to Change Behaviors and Habits
• Motivation Tricks
There are many tips described in the book that can help improve your mood. I know we are all going through our embodied realization and for our ‘challenging mood days’ we don’t need to know why we feel a certain way. I am sure you have learned to simply allow these days and feelings, knowing they will pass and reminding yourself, ‘it’s all about your realization.’ However, we are still in a human body with a human brain and there are certain things which can assist on challenging days. When I have these days, I use the psychological strategies outlined in my book to help the human and change my emotional state as quickly as possible.
For example, if you are ‘feeling down,’ simply noticing your thinking and developing more rational thoughts can really help. Remind yourself that you haven’t always felt this way and your mood and situations will change again, as they always do.
Perception of situations is also very important. It helps to understand that your perception of an event will have a direct affect on your mental health. Once you learn the importance of considering broad and alternative perceptions of events, this can assist in quickly rebalancing your mood.
It also helps to remember perspective. For example, will a certain event matter in 3 months? In 5 years? Most events will be forgotten over time, so there is no point in dwelling on old memories.
If you have been playing over in your mind a certain event from the past, it can be helpful to look at it from other perspectives in order to let it go. There are always many other aspects to a memory that we either don’t remember or never knew occurred. The more balanced a perspective you can take of a past event, the better you will feel about it, which makes it easier to then release.
Addressing the physical aspect can also help change your mood. For example, on a morning you feel ‘down,’ try to complete your normal morning routine and see how you feel after you are ready. You can also play music you would normally listen to if you were in a ‘good mood’ and this will have a significant impact on changing your mood.
I think the tips included in the book demonstrate ways to ‘manage’ the human emotions when necessary, so we can get back to our Master state as soon as possible. I am sure that you, like me, are finding when we are fully present with our Master Self and the human is feeling ‘okay,’ we all enjoy the ride so much more!
The book ‘Psychology Life Hacks’ is written under the pen name Rebecca Love and is available on Amazon. Rebecca became aware of Crimson Circle 10 years ago and has enjoyed participating in many CC classes and workshops over the years. Rebecca can be contacted via email.