Creativity requires us to journey into the unknown but it’s not a place we find particularly comfortable. Our ‘thinking” brain resists the uncertainty in all kinds of ways. We go blank. We feel empty. These blocks take us out of the creative flow and often when we are on the brink of a breakthrough!
1. BE CURIOUS
Blocks come in all shapes and “guises. ” A common response is to clutch or panic. The more we fight against them the tighter their hold.
2. LISTEN TO THE BODY
Sometimes we don’t realize we are tensing a shoulder or have an ache in the neck. Tune in.
Slowly scan your body from head to toe.
2. FIND AN IMAGE
Whether the block is a sensation in your body or a strong emotional feeling, it helps to find an image.
3. ZOOM IN
Why stop there? The more specific we can make the image the more playful it becomes and the looser its hold.
3. SLOW DOWN
Whether we are painting, writing or moving through space, exaggerated slowness can:
4. GO FASTER
This, too, is about loss of control but now we are trying to go faster than our brain can analyze what we are doing.
5. SAY A MANTRA.
In moments of doubt we can “talk” ourselves through by repeating a phrase of support.
In Endless Variety
The tip that works one moment may not another. What does work is to keep the mind guessing so it doesn’t know what to expect. Find playful ways to break through automatic responses. This helps us to stay the course into that unknown place, rich with possibility.
Barbara Barry is the creator of Art for Self-Discovery, a series of experiential workshops and classes which focus on the creative process and personal growth. http://www.artforselfdiscovery.com