9. Creative expression and moving past creative blocks
Your creative expression is vital to you as an empath. There are countless ways to be creative; in fact, most actions taken in life have an element of creativity to them.
Humans are weavers and storytellers. They braid the threads of life into amazing pieces of art, music, food, clothing, books, and more. Creativity is an outlet for excess emotions; it can be deeply healing and assist you in managing the flow of energy you may experience.
1. How to find your ideal creative outlet as an empath: Inner Child Meditation
Discovering what form of creativity your emotions flow best through is a helpful tool for figuring out how to make creative time relaxed, enjoyable, and sensuous.
This isn’t about pressure or obligation; your empathic creativity should be about fluidity and emotional processing.
Inner Child Meditation Steps:
- In your preferred meditation posture, or just sitting in a chair, close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Start taking rhythmically deep inhales and exhales.
- Releasing tension and stress with every exhale.
- Breathe in and hold for a few seconds as you move your awareness to your heart center.
- Breathe out.
- Feel your thoughts quiet.
- Align your mind with your heart.
- Now imagine yourself as a child.
- Sense your adult self and child self together.
- In your mind, ask your child self what you should be working on creatively.
- Feel in your heart when the intuitive answer arrives.
- What does your inner child want to be working on.
- When you are ready, return to the self in the present moment.
- Open your eyes to end.
2. Dealing with Imposter Syndrome as an empath
One thing empaths may struggle with is Imposter Syndrome. This is when you feel your success is not legitimate, based on your abilities, skills, or knowledge; basically, you feel like a fraud no matter how much achievement or validation you receive.
This can hold you back from fully expressing your true emotional experience through your work. In addition, instances where you suppressed your creativity or self-expression due to abusive, traumatic, or other situations, can leave long-term scars on your ability to freely show yourself to the world.
Your empathic sensitivity leads you to avoid conflicts, and often the most potent art is created within the dynamic tension between society, audience, and artist. A fear of the potential for negative feedback may bring up feelings of insecurity or trepidation. Some work around confidence building as a creative may be needed for the empath. Moving beyond this can take time and practice. It is important to have a lot of compassion for yourself and to surround yourself with people who are supportive of your path and creative self.
Keep the following things in mind:
- Nobody knows everything or has it all figured out.
- Your unique perspectives are beautiful.
- The things you make have a place in this world.
- You are valid as a creator.
- Your sensitivity allows you to understand the non-linear world of emotions in order to create content, art, music, stories, and images that touch on that place of meaning within the human psyche.
- Start by doing and sharing what you love.
- Avoid trying to be someone else by recreating what someone else has done.
- You can do what you want to do.
- You know enough.
- You are enough.
- What you create is enough, valid, and unique.