Nourishing your own visionary inspiration

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"Are you considering becoming a creative person? Too late, you already are one. To even call somebody a 'creative person' is almost laughably redundant; creativity is the hallmark of our species. We have the senses for it; we have the curiosity for it; we have the opposable thumbs for it; we have the rhythm for it; we have the language and the excitement and the ultimate connection to divinity for it." — Elizabeth Gilbert

You are a creative being.

To think otherwise is to do yourself and the world an extreme disservice.

Your dharma, virtuous actions, clarity of mind

Allow yourself to be drawn into the pull of your calling.

If you feel terrified to put your work into the world, then you are on the right path.

Vulnerability and what you are good at is the intersection of your calling.

You cannot make art that will ultimately fulfill you or be your highest aspiration of yourself if you are not being vulnerable.

Because vulnerability is where the heart is.

If you feel on the verge of deleting your masterpiece because it's too much to put it into the world--don't. It will definitely feel worse keeping yourself contained than it will to face any criticism (real or imagined) after the fact.

It is a disservice to the world for you to keep your gifts unrealized.

Just act.

Know that there will be periods of rest in your art and that the rest is necessary to incubate ideas and conserve energy for the . You might spend weeks, months even, waiting for your art to properly flow through you. But that does not mean in all of that time that you aren't still thinking. You are just working through your art in a different way and that is alright.

Daily practice is good. But it is also alright to ebb and flow. Nothing is wrong with you if you don't feel like your creative flow is happening.

Transform the world through words. Sudden understanding. When words and artistic expression flow easily; profundity that surprises even you.

Pursue the feeling of discovery, not of obligation to put out a product.

Ask the right question. Look from a different angle.

Dedication and immersion to extract the subtle truths from art and life.

Inspiration is always there and available, as long as you are motivated to seek it and have a container to hold it. 

Iris Rankin

Soulful questioner, exuberant organizer, here to find the balance between discipline and delicious relaxation. Iris Rankin is the founder of Project Intention, a values-based community focused on living day-to-day with purpose, planning, and heart. Iris encourages women to adopt the self care practices that make them feel divine, the planning tools to hone in on their essential wants and needs, and the emotional resilience to express their most authentic selves.

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