— Do you ever feel like your ideas suck or are unoriginal?
— Do you “put your ear up” against the ether to listen, but nothing comes back?
In this situation when your creativity has come to a complete standstill, it is easy to believe that maybe you really aren’t cut out to be a writer/artist/creator… that this role is better reserved for more “creative people” than you (whatever that means).
I believe this is the reason why so many people throw in the towel, and beat themselves up.
But before you go ahead and do that, I want you to know that if your “creativity well” has run dry, it has less to do with you, and more to do with the fact that you are simply receiving too much input.
The Solution To Revitalizing Your Creative Flow: Reduce The Input
When you are constantly texting, looking at Facebook, receiving emails, watching TV, whatever,… you are constantly bombarding your senses with information and stimuli, and this naturally slips you into a RECEPTIVE state.
A state where you are (energetically) RECEIVING.
And yet I’ve come to find that creativity is an OUTWARD flow. It is an outward, “pushing out” flow into the world – an expressive experience. It is energetically the complete OPPOSITE to when you are consuming and receiving and taking information in.
(Can you feel that difference?)
Therefore it shouldn’t be a big surprise that when you’ve just spent the past 3-5 hours consuming information, that your creative output has come to a complete dead standstill.
If you want to boost the frequency of fresh creative “aha!” insights, and spur raw creative expression in your art or work, then you need to reverse the tides. In other words, you need to reduce the input and create enough time and space for your natural creativity to spontaneously kick back in:
- Step 1: Slow, then STOP the inward flow of information and stimuli…
- Step 2: Hang out for a while in that space of silence and self connection (which may feel like a period of boredom, where nothing much is happening)
- Step 3: Stay there until sparks of insight and creativity once again start firing spontaneously. (We are all naturally creative creatures afterall)
When you clear your mind, and reduce the input, you create space where fresh ideas spark and spontaneously emerge from Source.
— This is why clean desks and desktops screens are so powerful.
— This is why not checking your email in the morning is so powerful.
— This is why meditation is so powerful.
— This is why “sunshine time” is so powerful
In a world filled with so much noise and online distractions, I encourage you to give yourself the invaluable gift of some high quality space away from all that.
Give it a try today.
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