Enter Treasure House to Sow Flow
Want to sow more flow in the new year? There is a surefire way. Visit an antique dealer, thrift store, or junk shop. While this post discusses a recent trip to one treasure house, inspiration abounds at any such venue for a number of reasons. First, entering such an adventure opens our creative souls to the Source, who I like to call the Divine Gardener. Second, when we are open to our creativity, we collect more seeds or ideas to plant. Third, we prepare our projects lovingly when we sow with safety in mind. Recently, I took a trip through an antique mall, which is appropriately called, Treasure House. Visiting Central Florida in the near future? Check out the Facebook page to learn more about Diego and Susan Barriero’s rambling antique hive at: https://www.facebook.com/treasurehouseone/
Receive Inspiration from Divine Gardener
Having the desire to go on a hunt for story leads is one way to contact the Divine Gardener. All any of us creatives need to do is to be open to receiving the inspiration handed to us. I find that I have the best connection with this experience when I go into a shop with absolutely no expectations. I trust that the Divine Gardener will provide the seeds – the experiences linked by intuition – for any future project. And, then, just without the strain of needing to find things to write that’ll sell – the perfect objects appear. Often, they’re reminders to be patient enough to wait. Then, to receive that which is in need of the right soil to grow.
Start with Many Seeds to Add Variety
When we are open to ideas, they pour forth through the odd associations in the objects’ placements. Look for the metaphor and it will lead you to the free-wheeling beginnings for poems, plays, flash-fiction pieces, and more. Notice that as I moved throughout the Treasure House that the objects simply appeared to me in the order I needed. They were in three separate areas that were interconnected. I delight in the Divine Gardener’s ease.
And, the One pouring out these leads, ideas, and connections has more than any of us could use. We just need to continue to trust the flow as it grows. One image – one inspired seed – at a time.
Cold Frame Safety for New Projects
What if we gave our new projects the same care that the Divine Gardener does? First, use extremes-in-temperature protection . Have a planned daily writing schedule. Avoided on-going heated writing streaks. Or, the opposite dry seasons we will upon a seed. It happens when we lack trust in our own words. Next, avoid sentimentality. Too much emotion will kill a project. In other words, let the Divine Gardener tend to the impact the words carry. Simply get the message down. Finally, give the project streaming light. Perhaps, as I learned in the Advent Dark Journal journey I recently took with Suzi Bank Baum, a blessing or prayer before working on the project is in order? As Suzi suggested recently, maybe saying Thank you, seeds! is all that’s needed. Curious about Suzi’s multi-discipline approach? See more at https://www.suzibanksbaum.com/
Your Turn to Grow Your Flow
Take out your calendar. Mark off an adventure to an antique dealer, thrift store, or junk shop. Look for associations with the items that catch your eye. Click a few photos. Say a little prayer. Then, get to work writing the words that the Divine Gardener planted within you during the experience. Next, help them sprout by tending to them daily. Finally, tenderly shelter those words as they continue their journey.
Here’s to growing your flow in 2019 and beyond,