"I'm not good enough."
I used to tell myself this all the time. I'd hold myself back from going after opportunities because I was continually telling myself that I wasn't good enough. Slowly but surely, I was stifling my creativity because I'd find more excuses not to use it than allowing myself to harness this innate freedom of expression.
We're all born creative individuals. When we're children we create all sorts of artwork, songs, skits, etc. without any worries. However, as we grow older we start censoring ourselves, judging our work and comparing it to others. Soon we start deciding that our creations aren't "good enough", so we stop allowing ourselves to use our creative muscle.
I believe that the act of creation is a deeply spiritual and personal process, and that Tarot has the ability to help us tune in and reconnect with ourselves so that we can create something that resonates with us on a soul level.
When we create from this space we stop comparing our work to others because our focus shifts to birthing our creations into the world. Today I'd like to offer some exercises for using Tarot to reconnect with your creativity and make something that deeply resonates with you.
How Does It Feel?
*I'm using painting as an example, but please note that this exercise can be used with many different things. You can use this to develop a song, the mood of a story or picture, choreography for a dance, the set design of a play -- the possibilities are endless!
Let's say you're staring at a blank canvas, frozen because you don't know where to start. Shuffle the cards and pull one. Acknowledge your first reaction to the card, but continue to gaze at it. Notice what images, emotions and sensations come up for you while taking in this card. How does it make you feel? Elated? Numb? Are there butterflies in your stomach or do your feet feel like lead blocks? Whatever it is, pick up your brush and start painting using those feelings and sensations as your inspiration.
What's the Story?
If you're a writer feeling blocked, your Tarot cards can help! Shuffle your deck, pull a card, and start telling the story you see in the picture on the card. How can you incorporate this into your own story? Could it help create a new plot line or character?
As an actor, this exercise is fun for me. If I feel like I need help developing a character I'll ask my cards for inspiration. Then I incorporate whichever card I pull into the character. For example, maybe I pull the High Priestess so I decide that my character has a secret. I define what that secret is based on the text to help add a more depth. You can use the cards to define how a character moves, talks, etc.
Asking for Inspiration
Maybe you want to start a new creative endeavor, but you're not exactly sure what that is just yet. You can ask the cards for inspiration and then pull a few. See what ideas pop up while looking at them and then get started creating with these in mind. Maybe you're an artist and you pull the Emperor, so your next piece could be a reflection of strength and power, filled with lots of straight lines and right angles.
These are just a few of the exercises I've created for myself, but there's no doubt in my mind that you'd be able to find many more uses for the Tarot to help inspire your creativity. My biggest piece of advice is to find what resonates with you and continue moving in that direction.
It might feel strange at first because our creative muscle starts to atrophy if we stop using it, but the more you continue creating from that soul space, the stronger it will become and soon you'll find yourself back in that creative flow.
If you'd like help busting through your creative blocks, consider booking a reading. Together we'll see what's holding you back and develop a plan to help you move forward.