Creative intuitives have a need to express themselves from their hearts. However it is not as easy as it might seem. We can’t just decide we would like to play some music today or paint or dance. Even if we are inspired, it might not work for us because it all depends on how our energy feels today, the energy of the space we are in, the dynamics of the people that we are with and the energy of the season. I know . . by the time you have felt into this lot you are too tired to be expressive anyway!
I run sessions for children and adults who are creative and intuitive. As you might imagine, they are unpredictable! On one occasion I was working with my son and his friend. I planned to do some movement with some techno music but when I started the activity I could see that the boys were finding something ‘too much’ about it – the movement, the music, each other’s energy . . . and I quickly realised it wasn’t working. So I offered painting instead and after a little encouragement the boys accepted this as a good alternative. They decided they wanted to paint a peacock and after a little google research for images, they were away. The energy in the room became calm and focused and we all felt we could breathe again!
Now I am not saying that art is always the answer. It isn’t. Sometimes you can make the art fit your energy – you can paint big and wild or small and contained – but sometimes you can’t paint at all.
I come from a musical family and am musical myself. We have lots of instruments around in our home. However I go through long periods of times when I might not pick an instrument up. And when I do I don’t do anything by the book. I will likely fiddle around with my guitar and try to write a song or play my violin to a backing track that inspires me. So Luca grew up with music around him but not really immersed in it.
When he was 4 we decided to buy Luca a violin as this is one of the instruments I play. It is not an easy instrument to hold let alone play! And if you don’t hold it reasonably correctly you find you can’t play it at all! This was a sticking point for Luca. He didn’t see why he should have to try so hard just to make a sound on a wooden box with some hair on a stick! So the violin went back into its box and stayed there!
All the other instruments that Luca plays on his videos (please see below,) he picks up himself with no prompting from us. We had a ukelele on the wall, an old harmonica in a cupboard, a set of chime bars that we hardly ever played, and bought him a toy accordian one Christmas. He made his own drum set from a set of packaging boxes he found in our hall one day. He also found his own backing tracks – music on his toy radio and on his toy laptop. The words – well, they just come straight out of his heart – whatever he is feeling or thinking in the moment.
You don’t need to be musical to inspire your child to play music. As long as they have a few instruments around them and listen to music they can find their way by themselves. In fact this is exactly what our sensitive intuitive children like doing. They like leading the way, finding their own inspiration and dancing to the beat of their own drum.
Below is a playlist including some of Luca’s creative musical antics. His first concert includes songs he knows but after that he lets loose. On his journey we discover the magic and challenges of Luca’s extreme sound sensitivity. His journey also takes him through chronic fatigue and out the other side. I hope you find these videos inspiring. We look forward to your comments.
Ah, spring – just as all the leaves are about to burst forth – I always feel my energy is explosive at this time of year. But my energy is for something specific. I can’t seem to cook or play board games or do anything where my energy is focused. I just have to let go!
So today I painted big and painted expressive! I painted what I felt. I saw the flower – a small celandine – but I felt the flower – huge vibrant energy exploding in every direction and blending with all the energy around it.
How many of us feel like the small celandine? It is what we see when we look in the mirror so we must be small. And yet within us all is this huge explosive energy. We know it. We feel it but can we tap into it? Can we release it?
In order to let go of our huge explosive energy we need to feed it. My celandine was growing in good, well watered soil and had been drenched in any sun that came its way. This is why when the time came to open its petals it found it so easy and so natural to show its vibrant beauty.
Today I tried to teach my son something about movement and energy. He seems to burn up a lot of energy making a whole lot of movements he doesn’t really do with control or intention. He does this all day long! This is quite normal child behaviour but when you are creative and intuitive you only thrive when you feel deep connection with yourself, others and your environment so self awareness is a must. I taught my son that we may not be in control of our energy to the point that we can turn it down or off but we are in control or our intention to use our energy. When we line up our intention with our energy that is when we feel good!
This is what can happen when you give your sound sensitive child a keyboard, help them choose the sounds they like and teach them 3 chords. You don’t need to be musical yourself – just find a simple music theory book and teach yourself the basics about scales, chords and keys. Or even better . . give the book to your child and let them teach you!
There is so much noise in today’s world that maybe children are not able to hear themselves any more – their own feelings, tastes, thoughts and opinions. Some are happy to take on other’s thoughts and opinions and have become followers of other people – like celebrities. But others are rebelling and saying “Please be quiet. I want to hear what’s in my own head.”
Everyone’s feeling about life are different. Some feel things deeply, others less deeply. My son’s friend came round and we sat and chatted about some experiences that meant a lot to us. Then we painted them.
The Adventures of My Toy Lamb, Tray by Luca ( age 7)
The Day a Potter Came to School – Me Making My Pot by Jacob (age 7)
Connecting With the World – My Big Strong Arms by Jennie (age 47)