If you’ve been with me for a while, hopefully I’ve helped you access the source of your inspiration and unleash your innate creativity.
So if you’re now on great terms with your muse, you may be familiar with a new level of creative challenge…
Also known as:
• Too many ideas
• A struggle to focus or choose projects
• Shiny Object Syndrome
These are real, and often unacknowledged obstacles on the creative path.
And they can sap the joy and fulfilment from the creative life. (The reasons we signed up in the first place.)
I know that for many a blocked creative, Too Many Ideas seems like a nice problem to have.
But still, it can be a problem.
Especially if you get so overwhelmed with ideas and projects that you never finish anything.
Or you don’t know what to focus on and end up wasting your precious creative time spinning in confusion.
Or you flit from project to project and making little progress with anything.
And since I’ve spent the last 5 years learning how to access and tap into inspiration – virtually on demand – it’s a challenge I am very familiar with.
But happily, I have recently found a surprising solution in an ancient philosophy…
Introducing… The Magic of Numbers
There’s an ancient art and science that explores the rhythms and cycles at play in our lives linked to the ‘energies’ of numbers.
This school of thought believes that we’re influenced by these energies and cycles depending on our own unique numbers, based on our date of birth.
It’s a little like the realm of astrology and horoscopes, but instead of identifying with star-signs, we discover and align with 9-step cycles.
We can use this cycle-system on a daily, monthly or yearly basis – or even over a whole lifetime.
Welcome to the fascinating world of numerology…
Numerology – the study of numbers and their meanings – is currently enjoying a renaissance, possibly because our Life Path Numbers can offer insights into our purpose and ideal careers.
But what I love about numerology is how it helps me to structure and pace my creative goals and dreams.
Because I have a tendency to have Lots Of Ideas and to want to create them All At Once.
I’ve learned this is not the most practical, productive or effective approach.
This is where my magic numbers come to the rescue…
When we know our numbers, we can identify what mode or energetic ‘season’ we’re in.
It’s little like understanding the rhythms of nature, where the creative process is aligned with natural forces, ie the best time to prepare the soil, when to sow our seeds, how long to wait and when to reap the fruits of our labour.
If, like me, you have lots of ideas or projects at varying stages of development, it can be really helpful to have a similar kind of insight and framework for your creative process.
I find that the 9-step cycle of numerology, with its different phases and ‘vibes’, is a perfect antidote to creative chaos and overwhelm.
It helps me plan and pace my projects, helping me choose what aspect to focus on and how to schedule my efforts effectively.
It provides an essential structural balance to my over-inspired tendencies.
It helps me to harness the energy and flow of my wild creative spirit in a way that leads to productivity, progress and the inner calm and confidence that those vital aspects bring.
Here are some of the benefits I enjoy by adopting numerology principles into my creative process and workflow…
The benefits of aligning my creative flow
with a balanced and productive cycle structure
• I can plan projects and goals in alignment with the right energies or seasonal themes – knowing when it’s time to move forward, speed up, slow down or reassess.
• I enjoy balance and a manageable pace with opportunities to rest, recharge and recover.
• I can joyfully go for it with gusto when I know it’s ‘harvest time’!
• I get to experience deeper meaning, clarity, and a sense of purpose in my creative life.
• Understanding my process and rhythms brings peace and inner calm.
• There is a spirit-calming comfort in knowing that certain struggles are short term – that ‘this too shall pass’.
• I find it much easier to have faith in happier times and the inevitable upswing when I can see where I am in the creative cycle.
(And since faith and resilience are creative superpowers – this makes a huge difference to my work, and my quality of life.)
So if you ever struggle with having too many ideas, I highly recommend looking into numerology as a tool to tame any wild and overwhelming creative tendencies.
After all, if there are energies are at play in our lives – and there are undoubtedly some seasonal rhythms at work – wouldn’t you like to know what they are?
Then you can learn to ride the flows, instead of swimming against the current.
Or you could even just use the 9-step cycle as a way of pacing your creative projects and planning a manageable, productive schedule.
If you’d like to know more, I began my discovery of numerology with these books:
Admittedly, it may seem a little complicated at first, but once you get used the language, it’s a fun and fascinating philosophy.
At least, it is for me – but I’ve always enjoyed maths and numbers. (As a teenager, I used to do extra maths exam papers for fun – I just loved numbers!)
But if you don’t share my love of maths and the joy of numbers, there are lots of resources online that can help you work out your own magic numbers.
Or if you’d like it done for you, I’ve created a new offering that reveals your personal numbers and cycles with a creative twist…
It’s a bespoke guide to show how you can best use your numbers to plan and structure your creative life and work.
More details below if you’d like to know more.
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So, there you have it – my unusual remedy to creative overwhelm.
I’d love to know if this strikes a chord with you!
Are you curious about the role of your magic numbers in your creative life?
If so, I hope I’ve given you something to think about and maybe a new solution to explore.
Because there’s more to being a happy, successful creative than just endlessly creating new things.
We need to find a way to work with our energies, rhythms and flows, as well as those of the wider world.
We need some kind of stabilising structure that helps us stay balanced, productive and inspired – not to mention happy and well.
Numerology provides that structure for me – and I love the peace and calm it brings.
So, if it sounds like the kind of balance you’ve been looking for, I hope you’ll explore your own magic numbers…
And let me know how you get on. 🙂