It can be messy. It can be wildly romantic. It can be totally crazy…..
Have you ever wondered what it really takes to be an Artist?
When I was 10 I met my very first artist. I was in awe. I thought to myself “I want to do that!” It ignited a deep desire in me that felt like a memory of who I always knew I was. That inner call launched a life path that seemed to have no map or signposts. I set out to be an artist, without really knowing or understanding what that meant or what it would actually take.
It has taken over two decades to really let the artist in me flower into a full embodied state of being. A lot has happened as I’ve navigated this wild artist terrain. I’ve come to understand that the artist’s path is a soul path. Each artist is faced with a series of challenges that act as training ground to grow their unique expression. I’ve also come to realize that anyone can be an artist if it is something they truly desire being.
If you’ve ever wondered what it really takes to be an artist and how you can cultivate the artist in you, I’ve put together a list of 7 qualities to cultivate if you want to be an artist.
7 Qualities to Cultivate to be an Artist
1. Believe in yourself
No one can be an artist for you. No one can tell you it’s the right thing to do. Being an artist is something that is seeded within you and it must be nurtured and watered by your belief in yourself. Too many people cut themselves short of the possibility of being an artist because they are waiting for someone else, or something else, to give them permission to be who they want to be.
You are the only one who can give yourself permission to be an artist. You must believe that you have every right to live your dreams. Believing in yourself gives you permission to be who you dream of being.
Is there anything you need to release or let go of to give yourself permission to be who you dream of being?
2. Cultivate your creative practice
Being an artist means you’re in a state of creative unfolding. This means the life-force energy of creativity is moving through you. The medium of your art is not important. What is important is that you have a practice to cultivate your creativity. Just as an athlete would work their muscles to be strong and capable in their sport, an artist must work their creative muscles to let inspired ideas become reality. If you don’t work your creative muscles, they get flabby. Flabby creative muscles don’t allow an artist to express their full capacity. If you want to be an artist, do something creative every day.
How can you express your creativity today?
3. Ability to tap the well of inspiration
Being an artist means you have access to your own well of inspiration. Each artist must travel the labyrinth of their own unique energy to tap into the source of their inspiration. For me, I spend time in nature communing with my spirit, I write in my journal daily to unwind my thoughts and make space for insights to flow, I flip through magazines and Pinterest Boards (check out my Pinterest page here) to gather ideas, etc….
How do you tap your well of inspiration?
4. Intuition Superpowers
As an artist you’re traveling uncharted territory. They only way to navigate a land with no maps is to work with the impulse and guidance of your intuition. No one can tell you what to do. No one can tell you what colors to combine, or what sounds to sing, or what words to string together. As an artist, your intuitive impulse is your guide. Learning how to recognize this inner voice is a powerful asset as an artist. But what is even more powerful is the ability to act on your intuition. When you put your intuitive impulse into action you develop Intuition Superpowers and super-charge your artist path!
What is your intuition guiding you to do today? Will you give yourself permission to move in this direction?
5. Heal your relationship with the unknown
As an artist you are continuously entering the unknown. If you’re afraid of not knowing and need proof before taking action, you will be severely limited as an artist. To thrive as an artist, you must develop a healthy relationship with the unknown. You must heal the fears around needing to know the outcome in order to feel safe. Healing your relationship with the unknown is about finding safety and security in your creative process and your relationship with your spirit. To be an artist is to have an intimate relationship with the unknown.
How can you make friends with the unknown? How can you infuse curiosity and pleasure into the process of creation?
6. Let spirit decide if it’s good
In order for the divine energy of creativity to move through you, you must surrender the critical, judging voice that squelches the light.
Be discerning with your intuitive impulse to ensure it is truly coming from your spirit, and challenge yourself to work at the highest level possible, but don’t judge the expression as good or bad. Let spirit decide if it’s good. Your job as the artist is to ensure the purest flow moves through you. The integrity of your allowing is what makes art good. To let your spirit decide if your art is good, means your spirit is in the leadership position in your creative life.
How can you put your spirit in the lead?
Trust is founded on the root energetics of love. If fear fills your foundational thoughts and beliefs you’ll never be able to truly trust the creative process. You’ll endlessly seek external validation and external measures for your success and satisfaction.
Trust is created by allowing love to be at the base of all your experiences. When love is present, you don’t need to know how something will go, you just know it will be great. When love is at the base, you can relax and let the magic unfold. When love is at the base you can trust that you are safe and the universe wants good things for you.
Where do you need to shift fear based thinking to love based thinking?
On the path of being an artist you’ll be given ample opportunity to develop these 7 qualities!
I’d love to hear which quality you’re cultivating right now on your path as a creative spiritual being. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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