Inspiration – The myth of creativity

Inspiration

The process of creation, the myth of  creativity

There is a misconception of the word “inspiration”.

We are always told that great people, thriving entrepreneurs and succeeding individuals are always motivated and inspired by anything and everything around them.

Simply put, that´s a big lie.

You can´t say all great achievers are on their top game 24/7. If you believe that, and you apply it to yourself, you lose. Let's take the example of a writer:

If you only write in the feeling of inspiration, you will not create much value in anything. You cannot wait for this feeling. Not doing anything is not inspiring, so how can you expect your non-doing to inspire you?

Writing even if “I don’t feel like it” makes me create much more value than me confidently sitting on my desk with excitement to be inspired and inspiring. My deepest thoughts, when I feel like I have nothing, is often everything I wanted (without knowing that I wanted it).

Being lost can be productive. BUT only if I create. When I feel lost and I write (even about being lost). This might be my vulnerability, the closeness to my inner thoughts and feelings, the fears I tap into to neutralize, the secrets to uncover, the unexpected value that crystallizes. Whatever it may be, it can only come to light and down on my paper (or screen for that matter), if I write in a time “I don’t feel like it”.

Writer Dani Shapiro:

The productive despair, describing the feeling of a deep sea diver when she almost hits the bottom of the ocean floor, that’s when she hits that place and is able to push herself up again from there.

The pan-ultimate place. Feeling the inner-sensor of resistance, that is the place that can bring me up again.

That feeling in that place, where you feel the opposite of comfortable, that is when you can get up again.

Make the time sacred

Be routine-based, ritual-based!

When you are in that place of "I don´t feel like it", it doesn´t matter. Your body already told your mind: We are set up for this, We will do this, And we will do this right. Because everything is “set up” for you as if you would like to achieve something.

How does this being "set up"  look like?

It can look so so different for every single person here. Maybe you like to be in a nice coffee shop? You want to be in a clean room, light some candles maybe? Wear a nice dress and put on some jewellery, some fancy shoes even? Want some tea and fresh fruits on the side?

Just a quick reminder:

Your feelings don´t matter

(at least in the moment they don´t feel like it).

You are either here to see other people succeed, consume, sit down watch what other people do, or

You do it yourself.

Don´t be a consumer, be a creator. 

AND NOW YOU, share with us your opinion and share this conversation with a sister.

Q: What do you like to do to feel set up to create? What do you do to prepare yourself for success? How does the setting look like? What makes you feel most creative to create?

Leave your answer down in the comments, and share your diversity with us.

The myth of creativity affects everyone who wants to achieve greatness. Here is why you need to get rid of it: inspiration is not your hero. You are your only way to success. DO, CREATE, even if you don´t feel like it!

 

Until next time,

السلام عليكم

 

 

 

Disclaimer: This is a merely personal view of an individual life. None of this is supposed to reflect or exemplify women, reverts, Muslims or even Islam. Self-identification is not to be seen in relation to a group but merely in relation to oneself. One might share this identity but must not publicly announce its speciality or an imagined community created by such. The sharing or not-sharing of identity (with ethnic, cultural, spiritual, gender-specific, nation or whatever other forms of identification) is neither good nor bad but remains personal and private to oneself. The author is voicing personal opinions and rejects any generalization or speaking-for-ization but rather aims to shed light on one of many diverse stories of one of many diverse individuals in one (or more) of many diverse contexts. Also, the author tends to create grammatically incorrect words to clarify perceived phenomena, opinions or feelings. This blog might include discriminating terms which are emotionally loaded by a long history of oppression and suffrage. Do not read this if you get offended by the cruelty of ignorance.

 

Energy – Cleanse your mind

Energy 

Cleanse your mind

 

Rain Purifies

It is pure and clean when it falls down the earth. It washes off all the dirt of everything it touches. It wipes clean the impurity of the objects around it. And by the time it hits the ground, it has become dirty. Then it flows back from leaves to rivers and seas cleansing itself and raising up in the sky again. To then come back down in full purity.

Look at the revelation is that sense.
We have been given the Quran, the truth, and understanding and it has cleansed our human experience.
Now we bring this experience as pure and clean as it is to others around us whose hearts are not cleansed and their thoughts, mindsets, and beliefs might be full of burden. The dirt of society and power struggles, of the worshipping of money and status, likes, and followers. The experience that we are given has the power to clean hearts - ourselves first and then theirs. Whatever touches them and remains, cleanses a part of their being just as it has done it with ours.
Maybe they believe too that we are here to be kind to others, to respect our mothers and fathers, to give to the poor and to understand and be grateful about something that is more powerful than we are, maybe they even believe in a creator but they refuse to acknowledge to thank and praise him.
Whatever they take from the purity of understanding we bring, will wash them clean in some way, opening their hearts to the purity of intention and value of our existence. 

Outside Energies

But during all this time, outside energies, arguing or negativity, might already have put a burden on us in some way. It is tough to deal with people who don´t have the same values, whose most basic worldviews and attitudes are contrasting to yours.

Though I have to remember: never ´otherize´, never put yourself in a higher place, never think you are better than anyone around you. I have to remember: arrogance is ignorance. Being true to myself is what will help to understand the viewpoint of others, and although I never need to accept it, I need to respect their existence.

We never know, what others do in private. 

After discussions, after setbacks, after having to defend and explain yourself over an over again. At some point, we need to cleanse ourselves again. Cleanse ourselves from the prejudice, from the pessimism, from the discrimination from the ignorance of others. The ignorance of our values or our viewpoints.

I have the tools


But how do I do that? Do I do that even? Do I take time to ask Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala to relief the burden I feel daily? The burden of being a Muslim woman in a world that does not respect my values, decisions or even... mere physical existence? Do I ask for relief the burden just as the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam did?  

While I am not saying we have the same burden as the Prophet (saw) did, I have to acknowledge that he has shown us, if we are burdened in some way (any, believe me, mental and emotional burden is secured for us as Muslim women in this environment), rather than ´victimizing´ ourselves and screaming "ignorance" and "Islamophobia", we can actually ask to be relieved of that pressure.

I can ask to cleanse my mind(set) again to go out with new energy, having the purest tools to set myself up and to stand up for our beliefs.  I need to understand for myself: I have the tools.

Imagine how you feel reciting just for 5 minutes, after a day full of discussions, comments about your opinions and appearance. Imagine just 5minutes.

Allah's word purifies. It washes off all the dirt of everything it touches.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

 

أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ ° وَوَضَعْنَا عَنكَ وِزْرَكَ  °  الَّذِي أَنقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ ° وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ°  فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ° إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا ° فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانصَبْ
 
Have We not expanded for you your breast? And We removed from you your burden, Which weighed down your back? And We exalted for you your reputation? Then, surely with hardship comes ease: Surely, with hardship comes ease, So when you have finished (with your immediate task), still strive hard, (then toil), And to your Lord turn (all) your attention. [Surah Al-Inshirah 94]

 

Q: What do you do to cleanse your mind from outside energy? Is there anything you go back to that eases your mind?

Pure energy is important for us to do what we do best in the best way. We need to set up our mind to perform at your best level.

Disclaimer: This is a merely personal view of an individual life. None of this is supposed to reflect or exemplify women, reverts, Muslims or even Islam. Self-identification is not to be seen in relation to a group but merely in relation to oneself. One might share this identity but must not publicly announce its speciality or an imagined community created by such. The sharing or not-sharing of identity (with ethnic, cultural, spiritual, gender-specific, nation or whatever other forms of identification) is neither good nor bad but remains personal and private to oneself. The author is voicing personal opinions and rejects any generalization or speaking-for-ization but rather aims to shed light on one of many diverse stories of one of many diverse individuals in one (or more) of many diverse contexts. Also, the author tends to create grammatically incorrect words to clarify perceived phenomena, opinions or feelingsThis blog might include discriminating terms which are emotionally loaded by a long history of oppression and suffrage. Do not read this if you get offended by the cruelty of ignorance.