1. Keep space for inspiration and exploration. We all need to restock our creative resources. Julia calls it, “filling the well.” In your house, allow a space for “creative mess”-- papers, songs, images, photos, sketches, magazine tear sheets, whatever it may be that you find and toss into a pile. Think of it as an intelligent, cool “junk drawer.” Rifle through it occasionally and you might find a good idea. Another idea that has worked for my clients is a giant table -- as big as you can fit -- designed to work like a massive organizational space for creative projects. Piles and books and images can stack endlessly and move fluidly and will stare you in the face when you are looking for them! Contrary to what you might think, a creative space you use, no matter how stacked it may be, is not clutter!
2. Live through your senses even more. Our entire life is experienced through our sensory perception. Adding extra sensory layers to a space can be as simple as a few drops of neroli oil sprinkled on a cotton bandana or piece of unglazed pottery, or even in a diffuser in your office or in the space where you rehearse or read or draw or whatever you create at home or in your office. Leonardo da Vinci used neroli to help access his inspiration! Other fun space-amping tricks to try can be as simple as a white noise machine from the drugstore that has plays sound of nature, painting something (even a piece of furniture past its prime) in your favorite color, throwing a furry rug under your desk, baking cookies or even self-graffiti a wall with your own poetry.
3. When you feel blocked, CLEAN HOUSE! Most people, when blocked or frustrated, would rather drink a bottle of wine than Windex their windows. I am aware of this. But it’s the scrubbing, polishing, dusting and washing that will really make you feel better. Plus, the metal energy (speaking in Chinese elemental terms) that you raise in your home will help you to focus and curate your thoughts.
4. Build confidence! Julia Cameron confirms what we know from the world of reality television quite vividly: audacity is often more valuable than talent in creating a life of acclaim. How DID some of these people get in movies, galleries, etc? They were CONFIDENT and they made others feel confident in what they were creating. Of course, it’s natural for everyone to doubt themselves… but not to the point that it is paralyzing! Confidence in a home is visually displayed in vibrant colors, super-sized artworks, and other statement-making bits of décor. Now, if you are not able to procure something large or colorful or splashy or unique that you love at this moment, try strengthening the “Fame” area of your house, located in the area at the farthest point across your home from your entrance door. It’s a great place to put fiery colors, or even to frame or display your accomplishments. At the very least, if that area is a mess, take care of it, stat!