As a writer, I have experienced the dreaded writer’s block many times. Upon reading many books on creativity and inspiration, I can now successfully conjure up the inspiration to write anything at will. It’s not something I can do instantly yet, but pretty darn close.
So, without any further ado, let me introduce you to my specific method, before going into a more general synopsis on the process of being creative at will. First, I begin by making a space in which I can be creative without being interrupted. For me, this is in a chair I have adopted as “my spot” in the living room.
It might sound a little neurotic, and Sheldon-esque (for any fans of The Big Bang Theory reading this), but I share a living space with my sister, and in this chair is where it is the most comfortable for me to to do my writing. As I write this, she has company sitting next to her, but, with my headphones in, they are not disrupting me at all.
Which leads me to my next point. Right now, I am currently listening to Tycho, an ambient music artist, which stimulates my creativity without distracting from it. Personally, I have to listen to music without words, because anything that has them often allows my attention to drift in their direction, away from the task at hand.
So, for me, sitting in my comfy chair, listening to music that stimulates my inspiration but does not distract me from it, is enough for optimal creativity. Now, let’s talk about how to go about creating the ideal conditions for your highest benefit.
First, if you can’t seem to find the creativity, no matter where you go or what you do, you have to go about sparking it to begin with. This you can do through meditation, listening to stimulating music, reading, or anything that gets you in the mood of expressing your imagination. This doesn’t just go for writing, but anything you need to be innovative for.
There are many meditations you can do to get the creative juices flowing. There’s no one way to do it, but the best way is to use visualization. Some people would say this is not actual meditation, but that’s alright. It still allows your imagination to express itself in your conscious mind, so whatever you call it, it works.
The meditation (visualization) technique for creativity is generally where you are either going into, coming out of, or going up or down, so that you are creating a pathway to your mind’s unconscious resources. For example, picture yourself stepping into an elevator and going up or down, and then opening up the doors to your creativity.
After you have gone into, come out of, etc., wherever you have chosen to travel in your mind’s eye, allow whatever inspiration you might have to materialize and come to fruition naturally, without forcing anything. It might not happen on the first try, but there’s a good chance it will. It did for me.
Just don’t expect anything, and allow whatever happens to happen. As with all things, the more you try to make something happen, instead of allowing it to come up naturally, the less it is likely to surface. This is why I no longer need to do these kinds of meditations to be able to jump start my creativity.
I know exactly how to get into the mindset of allowing my mind to naturally flow into whatever sense of creative imagination I am calling for, and no longer have to force myself to come up with ideas.
The Creative Flow
For those who listening to certain kinds of music or watching a certain movie is what get’s their creativity flowing, the more you can trust in yourself to jump into the mindset, the less external stimuli is required to be able to do so.
If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know by now that I am big on flow, an altered state of consciousness in which you are completely focused on what you are doing and not distracted in any way. This is why we say that creativity flows, because it comes naturally when you can get the distractions of the conscious mind out of the way.
Stop trying to search for creativity. It’s like trying to remember something: the harder you try with your conscious mind to access something in your unconscious, the harder it gets to find it, because they are, in fact, two distinct aspects of a whole.
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