Have you ever experienced a creative block?
Like your ideas don’t seem good enough, and you can’t come up with something beautiful, or fun, or inspiring?
I sure have…
Art school was NOT easy for me.
Not that I hated it, it’s just that every semester, every class, every project always began with a bunch of self-doubt.
I didn’t feel like my work was good. Like, at all.
I compared my skills and style to artists I admired who are like, beyond amazing.
I had a sense of “unworthiness” looming around me.
Worst of all, these emotions were reflecting in my work.
I was stuck, and couldn’t find my way out.
Clearly I had a problem, and although I’ve been a student of metaphysics and the law of attraction my whole life, this was just one subject I COULDN’T FIGURE OUT.
So my questions to the Universe were:
What am I supposed to do with my life?
Is this “the best” I can do?
How will I ever figure out my artistic style?
When will I overcome this?
TALK ABOUT A CREATIVE BLOCK! It lasted nearly 5 years of my life!
Aside from the drama, I want to point something out from this story:
all my worries and troubles were tied to questions. I HAD SO MANY QUESTIONS.
These questions were at the root of my creative block. What does that mean, really?
O.K here is where I talk about energy and momentum.
Law of Attraction is the same thing as momentum. When you begin to think about something, the very first manifestation you get is a feeling, an emotion.
Law of attraction then begins to attract similar thoughts that match this emotion you just manifested.
If you continue to think about these thoughts, before you know it, you’ve got some momentum building around this topic, and now you’re riding the wave of it (emotionally, that is).
Once you’re on that wave, unless you know how to slow it down, you’re going to stay there for some time.
The next thing that happens is that the Law of attraction will just keep bringing experiences that match those same emotions.
Whoa, I know! Maybe new terminology for some…stay with me!
So, how does this relate to creative blocks? Well, think about it. Just “thinking” you’re going through a creative block will attract more creative blockage…
Your focus on a problem (a creative block, in this case), feels much different and feels super far away from putting your attention on the solution (which in our case, the best solution here is to be a creative genius).
A creative block simply means you have your attention on it as a real “problem,” and this attention is having you feel negative emotions around it. The more keep your attention on this as being a problem in your life, the longer it’s going to stick around. Plus, while your attention is on the problem, you block any and all ideas from flowing in.
So this is how I came out of my 5 year funk, and a tool you can use for yourself:
- Become aware of your questions and emotions associated to them. Take out a piece of paper, your journal, or sketchbook. Draw a line going down the center that splits the paper in half. On the left side write the word “Questions”, and on the other side write “Solutions.” Now choose a topic that’s bothering you (like, how can I unblock my creativity?), and make a list of all the questions you’ve got going on about whatever is bothering you.
Can you describe what these questions feel like in your body?
Then, on the left side write down any possible solutions you might come up with at the moment, even if they terrify you. The answers I wrote down for myself terrified me, but only because all my attention was still focused on the problem. Remember, questions and answers both feel different in our body, and if you’re riding the “fear-based question” wave, it’s impossible to feel good at the same time.
Write down as many solutions as possible. Keep writing until you feel some relief in your body.
Something magical happens when you take your problems floating around in your head and put ’em onto something tangible that you can read out loud. You’d be surprised at the patterns that start coming up for you. This practice helps you to see your problems from a logical point of view, and away from an emotional point of view (your emotions are what law of attraction responds to).
- Make a list of all the things you LOVE to do and feel good to you. May seem odd to do this next, but instead of hammering away on trying to “fix” this block, we are going to slowly shift waves here for a bit, start searching for the build up of a new, deep wave, one that feels familiar and good to you. To do this you’ve gotta get off the subject of whats blocking you and on to something that feels lighter and much better. I want you to on the back of this paper, write down all of the things you absolutely LOVE in this moment. Things that inspire you, like places to visit, colors you love, movies to watch, maybe its dancing, singing, maybe you can doodle a few things…the idea here is that once you’ve started writing down solutions in the previous exercise, your brain began thinking in a different direction, and what you want to do is slowly enhance that shift by changing the subject in your mind to the things you enjoy doing the most. Added bonus here is to FEEL those good emotions as you’re writing/ doodling all these things you absolutely LOVE.
- Get your body to move! After doing this exercise, I am sure you will have begun a new momentum, one that leans towards solutions, towards creativity and inspiration. If you found that spark, even if it’s the smallest sensation of a shift within you, I want you to get up and MOVE YOUR BODY. You want to build on this momentum by enhancing those good feelings. Have a dance break, go to the gym, go for a run, do some yoga, go for a walk, put on some inspiring music and do some free-form movements, go for a swim, bike riding…
Build that spark of momentum in your body. Let it move you, inspire you.TRUST me this works.
Disclaimer: Once you feel that shift, DO NOT go back to your list to try to solve your creative block/ problem by continuing to ponder about it. The way that energy flows is like that wave I mentioned. You’ve gotta let this small shift in emotion gain some momentum until you’re 100% riding the new wave. Just let that subject go all together, and give yourself the opportunity to move into a better feeling place, where all the answers to all your problems and creative blocks live.
Moral of the story is, focusing on the creative block won’t get you anywhere near allowing goodness to flow in. Attention to either one requires different points of focus and awareness. In order to express your true self and allow those creative juices to flow, become solution oriented! It’s a state of mind worth the practice, because not only will it serve you creatively, but also in your everyday life.
This practice, coupled with meditation (which I’ll talk about in another post) and a few other “rituals” I’ve developed over time, was my #1 tool in busting my creative block. Took me A LOT of practice, I’m not saying I did this once and BAM, all problems solved. I did, however, get SO GOOD at balancing my emotions that honestly, I still use this method to this day. My problems are far less than what they use to be, but hey, problems come up on the daily. It’s how you move through those waves that matter most.
I TRULY hope this post was of help to you!
I’d love to know, have you suffered from a creative block in your life? If so, what techniques did you use to get through it?
Also, if you feel that this information may help someone you know, please share it with them. It may be the solution to their problem 🙂
P.S: Some words I mentioned here might be new to some of you, so I’ve defined them and linked the resources:
Law of Attraction: That which is like unto itself, is drawn. In other words, that which you think, in any moment, attracts unto itself other thoughts that are like it.
manifestation: a perceptible, outward, or visible expression