The Importance of Creativity

I made this deer crown for Halloween a few years back, still of my favorite pieces. Photo by: Francesca Rae

Halloween is my second most favorite time of year next to my birthday that's at the beginning of May. Both happen to be the biggest pagan holidays of the year and the astrological signs of Scorpio and Taurus directly oppose each other. Halloween and May Day are both Celtic holidays celebrated around a bonfire. They represent the beginning and end of a life cycle. It's fall and everything is experiencing a transformation. We harvest the fruits of our bounty, pay gratitude and start to slow down. Springtime is a time to sow our seeds, rebirth, and regrowth. Halloween is my favorite holiday because it challenges me to take my creativity to new heights.

I spend hours researching Pinterest and Youtube for DIY tutorials on creating crowns and applying makeup. I love spending a day out in the fabric and fashion districts of downtown LA, finding the right patterns and accouterments that will all be hot glued together when I get home.

I spent many years buying "in a bag" costumes. In college, I thought I had to be a "sexy" something or other. It never felt right. Cold and wet as the night went on. Just miserable and uncomfortable because I felt like a sausage coming out of the casing. Halloween is a time to get clever. It's the perfect time to let your creativity out to play! Once I moved back to LA, I discovered the magic that was LA's downtown shopping district. A series of districts that are the main hub for the import and export of goods. It's a place that feels like nowhere else. Always busy, always grimy, always treasure waiting to be found.

This weekend, was my time to drop off Zephyr with Grandma so I could have the space to make my Egyptian goddess, Hathor costume. As I said, Halloween is my favorite time of year. In years past, I would attend multiple Halloween functions. This year we are only celebrating on the Halloween day. I was a little sad at first, but we got the crew together to make our outfits. I realize this is my happiest state. I'm in my flow with my glue gun and some glitter.

Us humans, we are meant to create. We create every day. We cook, we dance, we sing, and we have babies. Our jobs monotonous as it seems sometimes, we are in fact creating. When we ignore the creator aspect of ourselves major imbalances in our lives show up. I see it in my Reiki clients who have blockages in their sacral chakra. It's the charka center located in our belly. The blockage can show up in a variety of ways. Physically, it can be an irregularity in the menstrual cycle, infertility or lower abdominal pain. When we experience pain in the body, it's telling us to pay attention. An imbalanced sacral chakra can also show up emotionally and psychologically as depression, fear, and jealousy.

When I'm not expressing myself it is because the voice in my head tells me I suck. Our self-imposed judgments can be our worst enemy! I've struggled with this most of my life. As a child, I so desperately wanted to act and sing. I got in my own way, crippled by the fear of not "being good enough." The simple act of doing is our expression. I have always judged myself for not being an eloquent writer but here I am committing to twenty-two days of writing! I know through this simple practice, my writing will improve it will get easier.

If costumes aren't your thing, decorate your home, bake a fall pie, or write and share a spooky story!

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