Creation is a sacred act.
I am typing this newsletter up as I relax on my bed, wrapped up in my softest blanket, sipping a cranberry kombucha, and listening to the sound of the rain. It feels like a luxury - a luxury that I am treating myself to in celebration of a HUGE milestone, and on the new moon no less::
Today, I uploaded my book, 108 Days of Sacred Intention, to be published and ordered my test copy.
After I confirmed my order, I let out the deepest of exhales. While this isn't my first book, it has been a full creative act. Not only did I write the book, but I illustrated it as well, inspired by crowd-sourced photographs. I also designed the book in InDesign, edited the photos of the illustrations in Photoshop, and edited the text myself.
I truly feel like this book came from a sacred space. The book pretty much poured out of me - in the span of about two months, plus a few weeks of day dreaming, visioning, and organizing. It feels absolutely unreal. It was something I felt I had to do. There was an invisible force of sorts guiding me forward, creating the space and energy for the magic to happen.
And you know what fascinates me the most of all? Each and every aspect of the creation process has felt enveloped in a sense of sacred. The process of creating this book has taken me deeper on my spiritual path. This was in part because I created the space for the sacred to participate in this book, but also because the sacred couldn't be avoided.
“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
What made this creation process feel especially sacred? Here are some thoughts::
1. I surrounded the creative process with spiritual practices. In the brainstorming phase of the project, I meditated often to get a clear vision of what I would create. I also did a handful of Tarot readings, which I journaled about to help guide me forward in my creative journey. Before any aspect of the work - from writing to drawing to editing, I did something to help ground me. Sometimes it was listening to Saraswati's mantra, other times, it was yoga. It could be as quick as pulling a Tarot card, or as intimate as channeling with a crystal. This all helped me to feel focused, grounded, and inspired.
2. To create is a magical action. When we create something that would not otherwise exist, it feels like a certain sort of magic. When we create, we are making something totally new. It is birthed from our spirit, from our own divine source. When we create, we become divine. We contribute to the world. We channel our energy into something and then get to hear it, see it, hold it, and share it with others. Each step in the creative process is like a prayer, and the end result is like the answer, the epiphany.
3. To create takes devotion. When we make something, usually a lot of time and effort goes into it. Like I said above, every step in the creative process is a prayer. Every minute spent working on the project is like the recitation of a mantra, like the passing of a mala bead through the fingers. The creative process is not for the lazy - on the contrary, it takes energy, intention, and faith. No matter whether you are creating a dance, a song, a piece of art, or a poem - there is some form of devotion towards the subject matter and the craft that is happening. It is beautiful. It is pure. It is what we were put here to do, I believe.
I will be able to hold the test copy in my hands in about a week's time. I am beyond excited!
To find out more about the book, click here.
You should be able to order your own copy in a couple of weeks!