Creativity is not reserved for ‘special people’
Creativity is for all …..
Learn to tap into the same creative pool as the greats, the creatives you respect and admire. Despite what you think, creativity is not reserved for ‘special people’.
Everyone is creative.
Some good enough to make a living. Others express quietly as a hobby or a way to escape.
Even if you don’t view yourself as creative, you are. If creativity is not channeled it can cause problems, mis-creation. Think Escobar, a creative genius used it in the worst way possible. Hitler was a painter, imagine he channeled this energy constructively.
At a recent workshop, a lady was explaining her husbands inability to write and the impact it was having on the whole family. Of course, he is blames everyone and everything – job, house, marriage.
I felt a deep appreciation for the artists trials.
He is experiencing resistance. His problem, himself. This is what stops him sitting down to write.
Steven Pressfield in his book, The War of Art, identifies the following as the greatest hits of resistance:
1) The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional.
2) The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise.
3) Any diet or health regimen.
4) Any programme of spiritual advancement.
5) Any activity whose aim is tighter abdominals.
6) Any course or programme designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction.
7) Education of every kind.
8) Any act of political, moral or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves.
9) The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavour whose aim is to help others.
10) Any act that entails commitment of the heart. The decision to get married, to have a child, to weather a rocky patch in a relationship.
11) The taking of any principled stand in the face of adversity.
Creativity is Flow
Getting past resistance (a daily pursuit) is a worthy cause, it takes you into flow. Once found, working in flow, you tap into something greater than yourself.
It is effortless and easy.
Starting is the hard part.
Being stuck in the head or caught up in emotions blocks creativity.
Or worse, creations start to come from the head, not the heart. As Marc Chagill says
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”
3 of the best books to help tap into creative energy:
1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – a must read for all creatives. Steven Pressfield shares his personal story and the difficulties he experienced manifesting his talent for writing. Succinct and witty and also incredibly practical. One to be re-read many times.
2. The Artists Way by Julia Cameron – a book you read once and never forget. This is also a highly practical ‘how to’ book and one that actually works. Helps you to remove the mental chatter and also guides you on how to look after yourself as bring your talent forward.
3. Improv Wisdom by Patricia Ryan Madson – a wonderful teacher and master in the area of improvisation and harnessing the tools and techniques for any artist, creative professional. This book is a must read and provides clarity to get you over any blocks when sitting at a blank canvas or an empty room.
Have you any tips? what has worked for you? Leave a comment below: