“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.”
At any given time, I think of creativity like this:
Creativity is a lamp.
It helps us navigate the dark. Turn the darkness brighter. Find our way through unfamiliar territory.
Creativity is a lifeboat.
It’s a place of refuge when when we’re surviving some shipwreck in our lives. It helps us flow gently downstream. It keeps us from sinking or drowning.
Creativity is a ladder.
Helping us out of one of those deep holes in the sidewalk.
It’s also a way to safely climb up and over tall walls that create a prison around us, like limiting beliefs, old patterns, bad habits, and outworn ideas.
The ladder can lead us up and out.
Have you even been inside of a kiva? Remind me to tell you a story about a kiva ladder.
In all of those places that are too small for us to live, to thrive, to be ourselves, this is where we need lamps, ladders, lifeboats.
Creativity helps the soul heal.
Especially during those dark times, when it’s a struggle to feel good.
The creative practice often feels the same, but different. It’s good to understand that.
Being able to harness creativity-on-demand is so powerful, (soul-healing) that it remains the foundation of all the work I do (as an artist, writer and business owner) and the work that I do with others (as a workshop leader and creativity & business strategist).
Soul healing is the higher purpose behind all of my work.
Whether we’re running business, writing a book, coaching, home schooling, or trying to blog about our experience, we need strong creative superpowers.
Especially when you’re number crunching, or trying to sell your stuff, or just trying to keep your head in the game when things are falling apart.
Or if you are struggling to “just do it”, but aren’t. And can’t for the life of you figure out why. Or how.
We need a way to be gentle with ourselves and do our work.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
If I were a lamp, I would…
If I were a lifeboat, I would…
To be a ladder means…
I can help someone’s soul heal by…
Find images that represent the lamp, lifeboat and ladder (or draw or paint them) and put them in your journal.
How has your creativity been a lamp, a lifeboat, a ladder, in your own life?
Find evidence and put it in your journal.
And if you creativity has felt like the opposite of all those things, then I do hope you check out the bundle, or start with Dreaming on Paper, and see if it’s right for you.
Creating is supposed to feel good, and make you feel good when you do it. Not the opposite.
The Creative Sketchbook helps you excavate your own true desires, innate wisdom, and intuition, with ease, gentleness and joy.
This workshop is a foundational course for The Creative Sketchbook Teacher Training.
The Journal Prompts in this Post Are Included in the FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project Printables
When I offered the first 30 Day Journal Project, I found that having the prompts printed out in advance helped me get right into my journaling for the day.
I think of this as lazy journaling. 🙂
Fill in the blank, and you’re done!
After I made these for myself, I prettied up the design (and added another layout) so you could use them, too. This is what I’m using for my own journaling.
There is another layout for cutting and pasting into an existing journal.
Get ALL of the FLOW 30 days of prompts & quotes (plus one bonus day) with 2 different layout designs.
FLOW: PRINTABLES | $18
No more blank page. No more writer’s block.
Whether you are brand new to writing or journaling or simply want to break out of a rut in your creative practice, these printable prompts make it fast and easy to get going.
See All 30 Day Journal Printable Designs
There are four different sets of 30 Day Journal Project Printables, beautifully designed, each with a different theme.
Use the printables on your own, or with The 30 Day Journal Workshop
Come on over to my studio in Mexico (via video!) where I’ll show you how to journal with intention and focus as we create two different kinds of handmade journals. It all happens in The 30 Day Journal Project Workshop, designed for experienced and brand new journalers alike!