You know that moment in lessons at school when the teacher asked you a question and you had absolutely no idea what the answer was? Well, there’s something about the creative process that is a little like this.
Imagine yourself back in that class, the teacher is pointing at the board, asking you for the answer, and you stare in complete confusion, mind blank.
‘Errr,’ you say, putting on your best “I’m totally thinking about this in a constructive way” face. You purse your lips, scratch your head, say, ‘hmmm, well…’
And then, finally, someone shouts out the answer.
Thank god, it’s over.
Except it isn’t, because the brain is logging every second: the state of not having a clue, that long-drawn-out display of working hard (which is only skin deep so of absolutely no benefit whatsoever), and then the redemption that comes at the moment you thought it really couldn’t get any worse.
The mind creates a map out of all of this, which is why I have clients who start work with me, saying their creative process is fraught. A sense of dread lurks. There are hours, days, months, even years of procrastination. This is their map. The brain is simply playing out that trusted sequence with the belief that, after a period of avoidance and angst, eventually the answer comes.
How many of you have that sense about writing, or making art? You know there is this place of bliss, which feels like a rich deliverance from angst, boredom, longing, pain. When it comes, the relief is superhuman, almost, an experience of profound luck, divinity, blessedness.
I love working with a client on their creative process, re-drawing this map.
The notion that moments of inspiration can only come unbidden is founded early on in life – we record beliefs during our first seven years, which is why they have a hazy quality to them. At that age, there is so much we don’t understand, i.e. that the answer comes from somewhere outside of us, as the result of an excruciating wait.
How about finding the answer for yourself? Creative Coaching teaches the art of drawing your own, unique map, giving an order to the journey towards that place of deliverance. The answer is there. You can find it within yourself. And you can re-learn how to do this any way you want.
Interested in meeting me and tasting my work? Come along to The Thursday Coach, a free Creative Coaching event that takes place every second and third Thursday of the month.