Being able to create is a natural part of being human, regardless of age, education or skill though getting into a creative state of mind can be challenging at times due to any number of factors. Whether you feel “blocked” or have an over-analytic mind that interferes with your flow and creativity, you can explore different ways of accessing your creative flow.
What is commonly referred to as “creative flow” can feel inspiring and incredibly satisfying as it is a way of allowing your own unique voice and essence to come through you and out into form in the world. For this reason alone, every person has something different to offer with the ability to enrich those around them in countless ways. Whether you are left-brained and analytical, a natural artist, or constantly preoccupied with emotions, you can tune into an aspect of yourself that has a creative spark.
Allowing yourself to have time regularly to play with and discover your creativity can be incredibly healing and awaken dormant or unused skills and abilities. You may like to write, paint, build, sculpt, sing, dance, play an instrument, cook or do any other creative activity which can also include even more analytical tasks that have to do with designing, developing or generating. I encourage people to have time and space regularly to tap into a creative activity because this gives people new experiences about themselves that goes beyond taking care of daily responsibilities or solving problems. Being creative can be fun while allowing a person to live from deeper, more resourceful parts of themselves that may otherwise not be engaged in their daily routine.
Here are 4 steps to getting into your creative flow and re-connecting with that flow when thoughts interfere.
1. Create your Optimal Environment (where, when, temperature, sound & noise levels, lighting, food and beverages)
Having a comfortable place to create can do wonders for your creative endeavors. It may not be necessary for you to create, but having a space set aside at home or at your favorite cafe can help you get into your creative flow. Ask yourself what sorts of things would really make this setting work for you. Create this optimal space in a way that can excite or “prompt” you into your creative flow. Minimize interruptions. What sounds or level of noise would help or hinder your creativity? Does tea or coffee get you going? Do you feel energized in this space or so relaxed you could fall asleep? Remember, this is your creative space, and most people in your life will actually have something to benefit from you giving yourself this time! The more you allow the flow of your creativity and inner knowingness to be present with you, the more you bring your own unique voice, creative touch and “fingerprint” into being.
2. Visualize what you are inviting into your universe. Allow the visual part of you to awaken, grow and evolve! Allow yourself to see the detail, colors, sounds and textures of what you want. What’s happening in your vision, how and with whom? How do you feel in your vision? Take a moment to welcome that feeling and be with that feeling now. Let that feeling and vision flow in the background of your consciousness like a song softly playing in your mind or a soothing breeze blowing around you.
3. Connect to your flow. Whatever you are doing when you are in your creative flow, surrender to that natural state of creating right there. You are a unique being and your creative spark is unlike no other. So, in a sense, the most important aspect of creating is letting yourself create! Let your creations be created on some level so that your thinking mind does not “think” your ideas out of ever being born. Getting into your creative flow can be confusing at times because the mind will often interfere with creative inspiration. This may be experienced as doubts, worries, need for perfectionism or having an over-active inner critic.
When you really get into your flow you may notice that you surrender to that creative impulse from your Higher Self that wants to come through you. Having a great space of creative flow will often involve less thinking about what you are creating and more being in the now or flow of inspiration. When this happens, notice that self-consciousness and fear disappear. People also tend to lose track of time, eating or sleeping when they are in their flow. You can also tune into a golden space above your ahead and visualize yourself connecting to your own unique creative flow and what that looks like for you.
4. Dealing with blocks to creative flow: Blocks to your creative flow can arise which can feel like a wall that stops you dead in your tracks. To find your creative space again, you can start with pondering what inspires you. Allow yourself to be in a relaxed, open space and let your imagination provide new food for thought that arouses your curiosity, amusement or passionate interests. Let yourself begin with a “stream of consciousness” to get your creativity flowing again. If you encounter blocks that you can’t seem to get past, you can meditate on being present with the block and talking with someone who can help you find your inspiration again.
If you are worried about deadlines, details or making things perfect and notice that you are not enjoying your creative space as much, the degree to which you can connect or re-connect to your flow will keep things moving. Keeping yourself open to this flow is key, especially when the mind begins to turn to problem solving. Creative ideas that come from a flow of higher inspiration can “enter” and inform the analytical mind though it may be tempting to begin to rely solely on the analytical mind to shape the result of your ideas. Thus, if you find yourself worried, fearful or critical of your creative ideas, simply visualize connecting to your flow again and allow your flow to come. If critiquing or evaluating your work blocks your flow, try beginning with a “stream of consciousness” before analyzing your work. Learning how to find the best use of your creative and analytical sides can help you polish your creations.