When inspiration fades

There is no shortage of advice out there about how to get inspired or stay motivated.

And yet it doesn’t seem to make creating any easier, does it? If you’ve ever started something but struggled to finish it, you know exactly what I mean.

When I first fall in love with an idea, it’s all I can think about. The possibilities seem endless, and the vision for where I can take a project seems so clear at first.

I start taking notes, quickly becoming convinced that this is all coming to me for a reason – the universe must want me to act upon this idea.

But after a few hours, days, weeks, or months of moving from the idea stage of things and into the working stage, I find myself feeling tired. And even a little sad, worried, or doubtful. Instead of making me happy, my idea is making me insecure.

I start to ask myself if I was delusional in those first inspired moments, too caught up in the adrenaline of inspiration and the impulse to create. I question whether it’s possible to pull this off at all. This is the wall that we all encounter on the creative journey – and I’m going to tell you what it is, why it happens, and how to move past it.

But first, know that this wall isn’t limited to making art. Every idea – whether it’s an artistic project, a decision to start a new career path, or a plan to redecorate your home – will run up against this barrier once you start to act upon it.

The wall you hit might not always feel as insurmountable each time. Some projects have bigger barriers to climb than others, and it’s not necessarily reflective of the scope or complexity of project or path.

But when inspiration first hits, it’s easy to believe that this project will be different – that there won’t be any blocks to overcome at all because it’s such a great idea.

Early on, you might be so in love with this new idea that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it a reality. You tell yourself you will manage your time better, rearrange your schedule, create an outline, set deadlines – whatever you need to get it done.

And then those good intentions go out the window and you give up. Or, you keep going, but the joy you felt early on is ever more elusive.


It has a lot less to do with time management, inspiration, and motivation than you might think.

Instead, it’s about energy. As Dr. Maria Nemeth explains in her book The Energy of Money:

“When you begin to move an idea from the metaphysical realm into physical reality, you must cross the border between these two very different worlds. And at the border, the inspiration and fun of the original idea encounters the energy requirement of physical reality.
“Sometimes, encountering the border between metaphysical and physical reality is a real shock. Energy in the physical realm is extremely dense. It is a dramatic change from the fluid, loose, free-floating energy of the metaphysical realm. This change in density can be quite dramatic, as though you’d been standing on the shore of a beach, enjoying the sunshine, and were suddenly hit with a wall of ice-cold water…

“…Whenever you bring a creative idea to the border between metaphysical and physical reality, you will experience this energy shift.”

Creating is alchemy. It is magic. It requires an additional level of effort beyond inspiration, which is to mold and shape an idea into the material world.

If we look at the elements of tarot or astrology, we can imagine that are our ideas are coming through the elements of fire where passion burns and action is quick. Or the element of air, where ideas are spread like seeds on the breeze and everything is light and free-flowing.

But then it all to move through the element of earth, the tarot’s Pentacles, where the soil is dense and thick, and it can take time for those seeds scattered by the wind to take root and grow.

Remember this next time your inspiration hits a lull. Remember this when you realize that your big, exciting idea is going to be a lot of work.

Remember that this is part of the process, and that it’s a sign something is happening: That you are physically moving an idea from the ether into the here and now. Your idea is already something. It already has an outcome and a conclusion – it just needs you to give it shape, form, and density so that it can come into existence.

The magic is in the work of showing up, being disciplined, and continuing to follow through on whatever it is you are making true.

And it’s also why magical practices can support the magic of our creativity.

If you are ready to get inspired through writing, I invite you to Creative Magic, a 30-day online writing course that uses astrology, tarot, and other magical tools to get your words flowing. Learn more here.

Until next time,

Liz xo

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