Week Ten - Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection
Creativity is energy that flows through us. When we are clear about - who we are and what we are doing, the energy flows freely. When we resist, we often suffer from a shaky and out of control feeling. We want to shut down this free flowing vibe and recover a sense of control.
Each artist will reach for different blocks. As we become more aware of out blocking devices, the block will no longer work effectively. It takes grace and courage to surrender our blocking devices. They have become our companions, our crutch, and our friends when we experience the anxiety of being out of control.
Make a list of possible blocks. Which one makes you angry or upset at even thinking of giving it up? This will be the most important one to face and be rid of.
Possible blocks are: Food, work, sex, love obsessions, drugs, alcoholism, friends, family,. These blocks are where you turn when you become anxious or panicky. They are there when you need an excuse not to be creative.
List as many as you can think of and take your time to explore all possibilities.
1. I have a tendency to think about housework right in the middle of the flow of words.
2. I need a cigarette is another favorite interruption.
3. My coffee cup is empty is right there with that cigarette.
Some will consider the cigarette and perhaps even the coffee a type of drug. And these are items that can both block you mentally and physically.
What do you use to block yourself from creating?