Remember when you let creativity flow like water through a broken dam? Sparks shot forth because you didn’t care about results. You loved what you did and went with it, with no thought of where it took you.
Lack of self-consciousness makes you inventive. You allow bliss to lift you on its tide, relish every moment, and are a magician controlling the creative dance.
You know you’ve written superb work when you feel terrific. The same goes when you create any art. Roll with the brush-strokes, tumble with words, or melt into the lyrics of a song and you are in a flow state.
You shine when you are free and bold. Rather than using rules, or meaning to please, you give your creativity leeway to stream.
The voyage is more meaningful than results. You don’t aim to impress, and you’re authentic and uninhibited.
Fear, though, can stop creativity by hiding in self-talk that advises you to be perfect. It informs you not to slip up, step over the line of acceptance, or make waves.
“Stay in your comfort zone” it asserts.
Negative self-talk makes you aware of every move. Words can’t flow, music dampens, and every ounce of creativity condenses as you shrink.
Stop fear taking over, though, and you expand. Self-awareness lessens, and sparks fly. You tap into the creativity of the cosmos and let rip, understanding you’re out of your safety zone, but don’t give a hoot.
It’s fun to daub paint in strange ways and string words that rarely fit. You write, paint, and create like no one’s watching.
How can you drop fear though and stop caring when self-talk chips in as you make a move?
Remember, nothing’s as important as you imagine. Although fascinating, we are comparable to grains of sand living on a larger grain of sand among many others.
Life is for living, and what you do now won’t matter in years to come. Most of the people you think judge you are so busy fretting about themselves they can’t focus on you. So you might as well stretch your frontiers and shun fear.
How to let go
Dash words out as though there’s no tomorrow.
Let words fly even if they make little sense. Don’t analyze how well you do. Just pick a theme and write what you think; the results don’t matter.
Introduce words you rarely use or write in strange ways if doing so comes naturally. The idea isn’t to create a masterpiece — although, you might — it’s freeing yourself from self-consciousness.
Wrap a cloth around a stick twice the length of your arm and tie it in place. Then dip it in paint or ink to create art daubed on a long sheet of paper.
It could be the back of wallpaper, or even newspaper sheets taped together. Hold the stick out in front of you and work with the opposite hand than usual.
You’ve heard of dancing as if no one is watching (and that’s a good plan). Now sing your heart out too. Find your voice and let it run without seeking to control it or make it pleasing.
If you’re shy, warble in the shower while the water runs. Or climb to a hilltop and sing out.
No doubt, you can contrive other ways to free your creativity, unleashing it from self-consciousness. What you do doesn’t matter as long as you participate with wild abandon.
Dip into your subconscious
We often think creativity arises from something outside us. I used to imagine my muse — who wafted through the ether shrouded in gossamer — needed calling before offering gems.
Now, though, I recognize what Jung called the collective unconscious. We can tap into archetypes, and myths and legends that span across civilizations. So, no matter where we are from, we share common symbols and their meanings.
This knowledge store doesn’t reside on a cloud (or in the cloud) though. It’s in your psyche, so you need not reach to the stars.
Common sense blocks your mind’s treasures. Logic and reasoning are the enemies of imaginative abundance and kill your genius. When you rationalize, or judge the marks you make on a page, or with your mind or hands another way, the collective unconscious slams shut.
Stop judging yourself
Assessing everything you do stops innovation. You can only judge your work by comparing it to what you consider normal. New ideas and strokes of genius, though, are fresh.
Initially, they might sound ridiculous or useless. When you review them, you will dismiss them, so stop discriminating against whatever your mind produces and accept it might be brilliant.
Feel, don’t think
To unleash creativity, and not succumb to restrictive logic, feel as you create rather than think. If what you produce generates euphoria, excitement, or pleasure, you’re on track.
Listen to your heart instead of self-talk and you will spin gold.
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