I thought Mercury Retrograde was over!

It’s true. Mercury turned direct in the wee hours of the morning on December 30, 2010 (at 19 Sagittarius 38) — so why does it still feel like the Trickster is still trying to get me to slow down?

If the New Years/New start energy has got you amped up, you might be bumping into this energy, too. After all, Mercury is still moving forward pretty slowly, and is retracing ground already covered.

So, if your computer is being wonky, and your schedule is in a bit of chaos, and you are alternating between feeling deeply introspective and superficially scattered, or wildly optimistic and cautiously guarded, the best thing to do is slow down. Take a breath. Listen to what “the Guide of Souls” (that’s Mercury, too) is whispering in your ear, in this moment. Tune in to this one thing. Take this one action. Stop, breathe, repeat — knowing the whisper of the next moment may be wildly different. It’s ok.

 

Weeds! Weeds! Weeds!

My garden has become just a bit overrun with weeds. What’s that got to do with bringing your creative work to the world? Quite a lot, it seems.

Inspiration is everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. Yes, even in the clumps of what I lovingly call "the devil weed" which has roots that go clear through to China, and a stem that breaks just easily enough to guarantee that said roots remain in the ground, where they can, and most surely will, sprout again; only next time, even thicker and in more places.

So what can this tracheophyte teach us? Here’s just a bit of a weed’s wisdom to apply to the creative process:

  1. You can create a lot when your your roots are deep.
  2. When you need to, you can easily let go of something on the surface, secure in the knowledge that what really drives you, what is really at your core is deep, unchanging, Source.
  3. Sometimes what others see as your most annoying trait is in fact your greatest strength. It is what makes you, You.

You know…it’s got me thinking. These plants just might be food for the creative spirit. I wonder, what else can we learn from the lowly weed?

Can’t get going? Get sparked!

We all lose track of inspiration and lose touch with our creative gifts from time to time. Trouble is, in the midst of it, it feels like a permanent condition! And when you focus on what’s missing, it is like someone has swapped your wide angle creativity lens for a narrowly fixed 10X zoom. As your focus zooms in, the field of possibilities you see is smaller and smaller. And, when you can’t see alternatives, you can’t choose them.

What we need here, my friends is a pattern breaker that kicks in
automatically — a pre-programmed "whack on the side of the head" (courtesies to Roger Von Oech) to shake things up.

But how? I’ve got an idea. Are you up for an experiment? For the next 30 days, I am running a beta test of "The Daily Spark." This is a daily email that gives you a creative kick-start for your next step, in the form of a provocative question, a fun metaphor, an inspiring quote, or some other playful perspective shifter that tickles my fancy (and my fancy is very ticklish!). Why not sign up (use the easy subscription box at the top of the left column) and give it a whirl?