What creative block can teach you about your purpose and intuition…
A few years ago, the book War of Art by Steven Pressfield was recommend to me to read, since my main study and passion is all things creativity and art.
For the new year, I decided to dive into this simple yet wise piece of self help and self growth literature. It’s been worth the wait.
The words on the pages remind us all that creative block is an inner battle, one that you have complete and total control over.
Creative block is a feeling linked to self worth, a lack of life luster, and a deep unknowing of purpose.
And…like all things, only you can change these stuck feelings within you.
I know a thing about creative block. I’ve gone years without creating anything but sadness and bad romantic relationships. A big part of my story is how I gained my power back in my life, and in turn I gained back my creativity.
I want to change the word creative block into something more yielding and gentle. Like:
Creative Winter. Or creative gestation. Or creative down time. Or intuition pending time.
I change up my language around creative block because I am done with the struggle that comes from pushing against something like a block.
You know, we live in a world where there is all this talk about war against _______ or fight to the finish or medals given out when you overcome that thing. I mean, the book that has inspired this post has war in it’s title.
There really isn’t a need to wage war against yourself and the unique stages of your life, right?
I am all about living in harmony with the rhythms of my creativity.
Creative block (or creative winter) is a part of your creativity cycles.
Here’s the truth I am to reveal to you about creative block.
Creative block is not real.
What IS real are your basic whole self needs that you may not be addressing. For instance:
Do you feel safe and secure in your home?
Do you feel safe and secure in your relationship?
Have you thought about your needs first (before others) lately?
Are you in a job or work environment that you feel is truly unhealthy?
Are you able to express yourself to other’s in your life through your words?
Do you feel loved by your tribe and family unconditionally?
Do you trust your intuition or gut feelings?
Do you believe you are connected to a higher purpose?
These are questions that have to be addressed first before you can approach creativity.
A creative lull is an indicator that you aren’t taking care of one or many aspects of your life.
Take time, right now, to explore the above questions and get to the root of where you need extra attention, love, and care in your life.
Make the changes you need in your life to take care of yourself.
Most of all, and more importantly, be gentle with yourself.
Remember, what is real is not the creative block, but what the block is telling you. And usually it is telling you to pause and accept where you are in your life.
There is nothing wrong with where you are or who you are.
If you need a tune up on whether you are experiencing creative block, a creative winter, or something calling out inside of you I am here for you (for 2 more months before my maternity leave!) to guide you to the answer you are seeking.
To all that you are and discover right now…
E m b r a c e,