For the last 15 years, I have heard it over and over again. Knitting is the new yoga. The idea being that the rhytmic motions of knitting would put you back into your body and you become relaxed. I find that the rhythms of fiber work can spark some crazy good creative energy. Even better when I feel that my mind/body/spirt energy is in balance. But keeping your energy in balance is a constant thing. There are probably a million different energy systems you could tap into to achieve that mind/body/spirit balance.
The chakra system is probably one of the most recognized energy system out there. There is a ton of information and meditations to help keep your creative flow in check. Today, I want to focus on chakras as they relate to your creative work
The Root Chakra
The root chakra is located in your pelvic bowl. It is a primal and grounding and related to your physical body. It is the physical act of working your craft. It is the history of all who did this craft before you. It is the utility of creating a tangible useful item.
The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is located just below your navel in your lower belly. This is known as the chakra where the the core of your creative energy sits. It is all about creation and the inception of ideas that are a part of you. It is related to creating new life and gestation. It is your emotional identity. It is what makes your work unique.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is located between your sternum and navel. This chakra is all about your will power and inner strength. It is your self confidence. It holds your drive to get shit done. When you are procrastinating, it is usually because this chakra is blocked.
The Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is located in the center of your chest. It is all about pure love. It is what drives us to seek harmony and beauty. I often say work it until you heart sings. What I mean is feeling that sense of harmony in this chakra. It is what is behind all those times when you pick up a skein of awesome yarn and say “Holy crap I love this yarn” In art, it is hands down the best meter for knowing when your piece is done.
The Throat Chakra
The throat chakra is located in the base of you throat. This chakra related to communication. It rules how you are expressing your work, how you are communicating all the ideas and creations to the outer world. In art it is about finding you visual language. Your throat chakra helps you parse all the info from all your other chakras, and express that work to the world at large.
The Third Eye Chakra
Your third-eye chakra is located in the middle of your forehead. It is about you intuition and you inner vision. It is where your imagination and subconscious hang out together creating visions for your art.
The Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is located on the top of your head. I can only describe this as divine energy. It is the idea that you are a manifestation of what ever higher power you believe in. It relates to your highest potential and how your spirit shows up to do your art as a part of a collective universe. I know this is kind of big on the woo. I just love the idea that each one of us are here to express our work in our own unique way, and we are each just one voice in a sea of many, Each of us, beautifully called to make art.
So here is a little creativity booster for you to try.
I have recorded a guided meditation that will step you through each of your chakras to help unravel any creative blocks that you might have stored there. It is a 30ish minute long recording where I walk you through a fibery inspired visualization.
Back ground music: http://www.bensound.com
So my question for you… what is you favorite ways to find a creative balance. Leave me a comment below or share it on the FB page.
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