Is Creative Block a Myth?

I hear a lot of artists talk about being blocked and it confuses me. We’re creative beings, how is it possible to be blocked? I believe that what artists are trying to say is that their next masterpiece is not imminent, but how does that translate to being blocked?

As a person who’s extremely focused on process creativity is never out-of-reach. My focus on art and healing isn’t about trying to make a living from the art I create, but continually storytelling as a means of creating wholeness in my physical, emotional, and spiritual life.

Using art as an extension of my voice allows me to tell stories, sometimes the same story in many different ways. It gives me the freedom to explore feelings, physical sensations, or life experiences in a safe manner. It promotes holistic thinking and that’s important if you’re on a health and healing pilgrimage.

I feel fortunate that when I don’t feel inspired to sit at my sewing machine, I can pick up my pen and write something. If that doesn’t fit the bill I can pull out my needles and yarn and knit. The laws of physics state that a body in motion will stay in motion, seems obvious and I don’t believe we stop we just aren’t in masterpiece mode.

If you are a working artist follow Austin Kleon’s words of wisdom from Show Your Work. Kleon states, “Concept of chain smoking-you avoid stalling out in your career by never losing momentum. Here’s how you do it: Instead of taking a break between projects, waiting for feedback, and worrying about what’s next, use the end of one project to light up the next one.” I think this is one of the reasons many of the artists I know work on more than one piece at a time so there is always another piece to jump to because they are following their energy!

Tell your story, continue telling your story, don’t stop telling your story and do it creatively! Doodles, a few words on a post-it, swaying to the music are all ways of self-expression. Don’t buy into the creative block as an excuse for not creating something, anything…just do it!

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Creativity Throws Us Curve Balls

Creativity is the path to ultimate self-expression. It allows us to release hints about our true nature. It allows us to leave a breadcrumb trail from the soul out into the world, giving us the path to return at any time. How we leave that trail varies, but no matter how we do it, we’re given the gifts that come with expressing the souls true nature.

The title of the post, “Creativity Throws Us Curve Balls” was a quote from my dissertation adviser. I was in the dissertation process when I dropped out of sight. I didn’t answer her emails and it was a year before I resurfaced. I was quite apologetic and she was compassionate in her response. She was clear that creativity wasn’t on a timetable. The creative process isn’t prisoner to structure, but a free spirit. The curve ball comes in when the negative self-talk appears and confuses us creating a blockage of creativity’s natural flow.

Is it possible that those who have not explored their creative process have an advantage when they are called to create? Many art and healing programs utilize artists-in-residence. These artists have been exploring their art personally and professionally for years. They go to a patient’s bedside and potentially, for the first, time, come in contact with a “creativity virgin”. This person is being exposed to the act of creating in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. They can explore without an agenda and revel in the joy of the creative process.

Creativity allows us to enter a state of flow. When we are given the space to create we can expand our self-knowing, our state of consciousness, and share our unspoken stories. The more we create, the more breadcrumbs we leave making marks on the Universe.   As my dissertation adviser shared with me, creativity doesn’t follow a straight line, but a fluid exploration of the soul. Giving yourself the freedom to create enhances your journey to health and healing.

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