These days we’re almost expected to be in touch and available at any hour of the day or night.
The myriad ways we’re hyperconnected to the big wide world are supposed to make our lives better and help us communicate more effectively, but more often than not they’re becoming just another pressure, just another demand on lives already bursting at the seams with obligations.
Being so connected, rather than enhancing our lives, is just another obstacle between you and creating what you desperately need to create. And that’s what you’re here for.
We fear that if we disconnect from all these sockets and portals and platforms we’re plugged into that we might disappoint someone, or that we might miss something crucial that will instantly change our lives.
These kind of feelings can become obsessive, almost addictive, and we find ourselves spending much of our valuable time simply trying to maintain and catch up on all these different channels.
But here’s the crucial point at the core of this, that, drowning in so many connections and obligations, we all too easily forget:
By being connected to all these external (and often very shallow and meaningless) sources, we’re disconnected from the most vital source of all.
We’re disconnected from the fundamental internal source of our creativity, our ideas, our imaginations.
Thankfully, there is a way out.
There’s a way back home to the real you, that living, thriving artist deep within you that you almost, almost, forgot about.
By disconnecting from all of these distractions and demands, you give yourself the space and time to breathe, to realign, and to reconnect with all that’s within you.
You already know what to do, you always know.
You already know how to create the most amazing and life changing artwork you’re capable of. You’ve always known.
Now is the time to let that knowledge seep through again. To seek out that that one precious book of wisdom – the one long ago pushed to the back of a dark, musty shelf deep in your psyche, deep in your soul – dust off its cover, read the first page, and remember.
The book that contains all of you – past, present and future.
The book that knows all you’ll ever need to know.
But how do you find this book, where you’re not sure it even exists, let alone which shelf, room, house or neighbourhood it’s in?
Make yourself completely unavailable every single day and write, paint, dance, sketch, sing, whatever your creative outpourings demand.
Let’s be realistic.
Unless you take yourself off on a retreat in the middle of nowhere with only a handful of possessions (it’s always an option!), you can’t simply disengage from all of your current connections and commitments.
But you can do as we just spoke about – make yourself completely unavailable for a minimum time each day. 15 minutes a day is an excellent starting point.
The more external interference you disconnect from, the more you will reconnect with the artist within you.
Cut back the noise and listen to that one pure tone that’s always being broadcast, night and day, the signal that can never be broken all the time you’re alive and breathing.
Start today. Disconnect, disappear, make yourself completely unavailable.
When you do, you’ll find yourself starting to rediscover the most important connection of all.
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