Many creatives have been blessed with a sensitive nature. It's the part of them that responds to beauty and truth . . . the part where creativity is born. It's the amazing intuitive gift that hears the music, envisions the painting, feels the dance, and writes the stories that tug at heart strings. This gift of sensitivity is an incredible blessing, but it can sometimes puts artists in position to be precariously vulnerable.
The beauty of the intuitive nature opens your senses to perceive and create, but also opens your senses to feel passionately the pain of the world around you and all the stresses that it brings. With our current economy and international tensions, the artistic souls can easily become overly anxious.
Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a friend, who is also well-known author of over 58 books.
We discussed this problem of 'overwhelm' that many are finding themselves caught in. It can be an obsession with the world situation or the nightly news or ones financial woes, but it causes the sensitive souls to grow increasingly negative and non-productive, even to the point of being immobilized by fear and anxiety.
If that is you or anyone you know, it's important to act immediately and change this cycle. It's vital to turn OFF the news and fill your mind with positive material.
My friend, the author, told me of his friend who has had success with a new and simple technique. This person suggests that you proclaim 'out loud' your intentions to stop dwelling on the negative, choose the good and to change course - and do it regularly. He says that we can actually change the neural pathways, or 'grooves' in our brain, by speaking loudly and stating our new path.
It's working for some - I don't know the scientific evidence to back all of this up, but I'd say it's worth a try. I do know that each of us must fight for what is good, for our families, our futures. Why then does it not make sense that we also fight for hope?
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8
Those of us with sensitive natures often struggle to keep our heads above water during stressful times.
At my house we are proclaiming whatever is true, lovely and good . . . makes sense to me!
Let this correction in thinking move into your creativity. Paint, sing, dance, write, sculpt, create and draw your proclamation!
I also encourage you to write out your proclamation below that says you will no longer bow to the negative forces that are trying to pull you down - then shout it to the housetops!