Blocked? Are you experiencing any of the following?
- discouragement and discontent
- self doubt or self consciousness
- perfectionism and self criticism
- inability to complete projects
- low productivity
Through therapy, the artist can learn to experience less perfectionism and more self acceptance, less frustration and more satisfaction, more connection to spirituality and unconscious processes, increased focus and energy, a reorientation to an inner motivated creative process, and an increased connection to other people and community.
Steve Jobs said that “creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” As Daniel Goleman says “creativity is putting together two discrete elements that have not been combined before in a unique and original way that has a useful application.”
By removing the barriers, the artist is able to utilize his training and skill development to channel his experience into new creations. Without these barriers, the creative person bypasses the voice of the inner critic or the lure of distracting activities to allow the flow of the next artistic project. A purity of expression results. An outpouring of energy without encumbrance occurs.
“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties” according to Erich Fromm. This perspective highlights the importance of becoming comfortable with uncertainty in the creative process. Stepping into the unknown, not knowing where the creative urge will take one can trigger fear and anxiety. Knowing how to contain these feelings increases confidence in the process.
Producing a creative object or outcome requires facing unknown parts of the self that are not necessarily faced in every day life. Living outside the box is challenging, requiring the access of different parts of oneself. Risk-taking that may not be required in other areas of life may be required in creating.
The creative process can be enhanced through exploring a novel approach to blocks, lack of motivation or feeling stuck. Possibilities include to:
- Address or describe the problem at hand in a different way than previously considered
- Move your body
- Expand rather than contract the focus of your concentration
- Be optimistic about possible success
- Let yourself off the hook of shoulds, musts and oughts that create pressure
“Anxiety is part of creativity, the need to get something out, the need to be rid of something or to get in touch with something within” according to David Duchovny. Soothing the anxious parts of the self allows the creative part of the self full expression and freedom. This freedom nurtures and releases the creative process.
Grounding in one’s strengths and natural expression, the artist can expand the creative experience and continue developing aligned avenues of expression that are both congruent with the artist as creator and self. Producing art from this flow state is frequently more satisfying and meaningful.
Research shows that flow is most likely to occur when there is a balance between skill level and the challenge one is approaching. In this state we are more concentrated on the experience rather than the sense of self or time, highly focused on the experience, balanced between the internal levels of stress hormones that motivate and the level of performance, have our attention where we desire it to be despite distractions, we’re in a state of open awareness, in a quiet state of internal joy,
With clarity, compassion, and creativity, I work with you to align with your true self and your higher purpose. Creativity coaching is available to support you in being the best artist you can be.
Flowing with the waves of the creative impulse can be challenging to the most proficient artist. Following the energy that emanates from the creative spirit is crucial to allowing the inner fire of creativity to be kindled and to grow again. As John Updike said ” There is no doubt that I have lots of words inside me, but at moments, like rush-hour traffic at the mouth of a tunnel, they jam.” Free your spirit and creative impulses.
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“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves” – Carl Jung