“Imagination creates reality.” – Richard Wagner
We live in a magical world swirling and whirling with thoughts, ideas, and inspirations.
But, most of us ignore what could be and instead get comfortable with what is. When we do this, we deny ourselves the ability to tap into our infinite imaginations and create things the world has never seen before.
Talk about world robbery. I mean, just think about all of the incredible things we could do (and problems we could solve) if we were all always working on harnessing our imaginations, and habitually living in a state of creation.
I get goosebumps just thinking about it, don’t you?
Well my friend, today you’re going to learn how to do just that so that the world is no longer being robbed of what you could have created, and instead is able to enjoy what you are creating.
Sound good? Let’s do this!
Here are 6 simple ways to tap into your imagination and make creativity a habit:
1.) Turn off social media notifications
Social media is great for keeping us connected with friends, family and the world at large. But, if we’re being totally honest it’s turned the vast majority of us into cyber-stalkers.
I mean come on, we spend hours a day aimlessly scrolling through social media, creeping on people we haven’t talked to in years and then comparing our lives to the filtered and carefully crafted images we see.
A good use of time? Eh, I don’t think it takes Einstein to tell you the answer is no.
Here’s the thing: you’re this insanely powerful, creative, spiritual being who’s literally wasting your potential and your (non-renewable) time everytime you get sucked into social media.
That’s why step #1 in learning how to tap into your imagination and create is to silence those social media notifications on your phone, and your computer.
Why? Because they’re akin to pouring shots on a table in front of an alcoholic. Sooner or later, the itch becomes too much not to scratch.
Right now, head to your settings and turn them on silent. Once you do, move on to step #2.
2.) Make your mornings magical
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you wake up after snoozing 10+ times, stub your toe, forget to put on deodorant, leave your keys at home and arrive late to work?
Yeah, me too.
And once your morning goes to shit, the day usually follows. But, why is that?
Well, when we wake up dreading the morning (being the spiritual beings we are) we send out energetic waves into the universe saying, “I don’t want to be here. I don’t care about today.”
These waves are instantly picked up by the universe, and since like energy attracts like energy our day begins to manifest in a dreadful way.
Luckily, those kinds of mornings can be avoided.
- Create a morning routine that will excite you (I did this with my 5-year-old and had great success. He used to slump around in the morning like a groggy, hungover frat boy and now he jumps out of bed with anticipation and excitement each morning. The secret? We start our mornings playing games — one of his favorite things to do).
- Say 3 things you’re grateful for before you get out of bed (gratitude begets gratitude so get on the thankful train)
- Listen to a motivation video like this one while you’re getting ready
- Do something for yourself before you go to work, or start your day (read a book, write in your journal, workout etc.)
- Take this free magical mornings email course
You see, the way you start your day dictates the tone of your entire day. That’s why making your mornings special will change your entire life and enable you to tap into your imagination thereby harnessing your creative potential.
3.) Listen to inspirational music
In my biased opinion, listening to inspirational music is the quickest and easiest way to tap into your imagination and create. Not only is it free (thanks, YouTube) but it’s also a mind-altering substance capable of shifting your mood. The direction, of course, depends on what you listen to.
Given that all of us, and everything around us is made up of energy when we listen to music that makes us feel good, and inspires us, we’re able to tap into our imaginations and get creative.
So what are you waiting? Go turn on something that will encourage your imagination to run wild. If you don’t know where to begin, start here.
4.) Practice daily visualizations
Take a look around your house, office or wherever you are right now. How many things surrounding you are man-made?
I’m in my apartment right now and save for a few plants (thank you Universe) the vast majority of my belongings were created by a person.
We’re inundated with creations other people have brought to life every day, but we’re so used to seeing them we forget they were once just a thought in someone’s head.
What thoughts are swirling around in your beautiful mind waiting to be born?
The phrase “thoughts become things” isn’t just some voodoo, new-agey saying nor is it a line out of Harry Potter (although it’d be fitting) — it’s real life.
You weren’t born to merely bask in the creations of others, you were born to tap into your imagination and bring your own creations to life. Take a few minutes right now to ask yourself, and answer this question: If you could create anything, what would it be?
Once you have your answer, close your eyes and imagine yourself bringing that creation to life. What are you doing? How are your creating it? What are you using? Who are you with? Where are you? How do you feel while you’re bringing it to life?
The more you visualize what you want to create, and see yourself doing it, the easier it will become for you to find a way to do it!
5.) Copycat your idols
I know we’re always taught to be original, and not copy other people, but honestly how else are we supposed to learn to be great if we don’t first teach ourselves to emulate the style, tactics, and strategy of the greats who came before us.
Now, to be clear — I’m not talking about plagiarizing and then trying to pass plagiarized work off as your own. But, what I am saying is if there’s someone you admire (from the past or present) who’s done something you’d like to do then study it, copy it and use it as inspiration to create works of your own.
If you’re still not convinced, think about this: why do art students spend hours on end copying famous pieces of art at museums? Why do writers have an insatiable appetite to read the same works from their favorite authors over and over and then emulate their style? Why do actors study other actors on an ongoing basis?
By studying other people, and putting into practice their unique strategies for creation, we’re able to cherry-pick the pieces we like and find inspiring and then use our imagination to take things to the next level.
Tapping into what’s already been done also gives us ideas for what’s yet to be done…
6.) Start now
There’s never a better time to begin than right now.
This moment right here, right now, is where all of your power lies, and if you want to tap into your imagination and create, then you need to make it a habit to take action immediately.
The longer you put something off, the less likely it is you’ll ever get around to it. Why take the risk? You’ve got too much potential to waste because you don’t feel like doing it, or your favorite show is on TV or some other BS excuse.
Get out there and begin, right now.
Seriously. Stop reading this and go create something.
About Antasha Durbin: Antasha is a spiritual writer, life-long student of the universe, and psychic tarot card reader. Her website, cajspirituality.com, is dedicated to casualizing the spiritual experience and making it attainable for anyone, anywhere, anytime. Follow her for free, easy-to-digest and highly actionable advice on spirituality, mindfulness and empowered living.