So, after each creative chat, I’ll be writing a separate post like this one, about a topic or subject that’s been mentioned. It may be an obvious topic, which I hope we can all relate to, or it might be a bit more random (either way, stay tuned!).
This first post was inspired by my chat with London based artist Athena Anastasiou, from which we spoke about empowerment, creativity and manifestation. The idea, that projecting what you want to happen into the universe, will eventually become reality.
From my experience, the times when I’ve felt like nothing seems to be going right, has generally correlated with my mind set. I’ve felt frustrated, disappointed and lost and have been unable to focus on the positives or what I want to create.
I recently read the book, ‘f**k it – the ultimate spiritual way’ by John C. Parkin. His wit, humour and ‘says it how it is’ attitude makes for a worthwhile read. I genuinely came away with the perspective of, “fuck it, what’s the worst that can happen?! I might as well go for it!”
It’s a cliché I know, but life is short. In a non -morbid way I try and remember this every day and appreciate what I have, because it could be gone in a second. I try to ask myself – what do I want to achieve in this life? And what steps can I take to achieve this, and live a healthy and happy life. In ‘The Art of Happiness’, the Dalai Lama says:
“When life becomes too complicated and we feel overwhelmed, it’s often useful just to stand back and remind ourselves of our overall purpose, our overall goal. When faced with a feeling of stagnation and confusion, it may be helpful to take an hour, an afternoon, or even several days to simply reflect on what it is that will truly bring us happiness, and then reset our priorities on the basis of that. This can put our life back in proper context, allow a fresh perspective, and enable us to see which direction to take.”
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
With this in mind, manifestation comes into play. Visualising what you want to achieve; throwing your hopes and dreams out there with a tag attached saying ‘this will happen’. From this point on you have set the wheels in motion, and have created your own road map. Now fuel up the engine, and let the adventure begin!
We all have this constant battle going on in our minds, right? We question; am I doing the right thing? Is this making me happy? And what do I really want deep down?
Sometimes, we get into the habit of putting other people’s needs before own. It’s worth taking a step back and saying, “I am in control of my life and what I want to create”. I’m not suggesting you try and control every element of your life, as stuff happens! But it’s worth having an idea of what steps you can take towards your goals. If you come off track, there’ll be other roads you can take! Life is too short to waste time and hold negative energy, especially if it’s not adding to your happiness.
“It’s about manifestation; if you focus on something long enough, you start to become it. The art of creating your life.” – Athena Anastasiou