Earlier today, I was reminded about the connection between artistic creativity, entrepreneurship, and manifesting.
If you are an artist, then I don’t need to tell you how much that type of creativity requires openness and willingness to let go…of thoughts, preconceptions, and expectations. Successful entrepreneurs and manifestors benefit from letting go, too.
How, you might ask, does one actually do that when you’re stressed?
ZenTangling is a form of doodling that lets you have fun while training yourself to open up your mind and let go. While there are some established ‘patterns’ you can follow, you can also just wing it and see what happens, often with unexpected and stunningly beautiful results!
Back in the late 1970s, before I had ever heard of this term, or the name had been trademarked, I was inspired by an unknown european folk artist who drew in a black and white style reminiscent of the Art Nouveau.
I put that inspiration to good use a snow day (no school), and I had the equipment: 18″ x 24″ bristol board, crow quill pens, watercolor brush, and black india ink! I lost myself for hours in listening to music while making tiny circles, curves, and lines in ink with the crow quill pen.
The drawing above is what I created from letting my mind go. Nothing was pre-planned. I remember how focused I was, and yet how free my mind felt while I was working on this. Even looking at this now reminds me of that relaxed-yet-focused state of being.
When was the last time you allowed yourself to be in that state?
As Einstein said, you cannot solve a problem with the same energy that created the problem. To find the solution, we must first find a way to relax the mind so we can think clearly and see other possibilities. Meditation can be a tremendous help, but for those who struggle to relax into meditation, a little doodling can help!
Searching YouTube, I found this video demonstrating ZenTangling – entitled, No Mistakes —Only Opportunities. I was immediately struck by how true that is of life, creativity, entrepreneurship, and manifesting! As the demonstrator spoke, I wrote down the comments she made that could easily be affirmations for life and manifesting…
• No mistakes…only opportunties
• I let my mind go and don’t worry about the outcome
• If I come up against a brick wall…I ZenTangle®, and my mind opens up to the possibilities
• …let (your) mind roll and do as (it) pleases
• Don’t worry about it…let your mind do what it does
• Relaxing and letting go
• Let your inner artist do whatever it pleases
The next time you have a thorny issue to resolve, take some time to relax your mind, meditate, or doodle. Allow the solution to catch up with you!
Now it’s your turn to share: What do you do to relax your mind?