How does creativity happen? Can we call it forth? In the beautiful little book, This I Believe, singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright writes of a concept he calls ‘divine relaxation’. This is the idea of relaxing into the mystery of creation, “the thing beyond the technique and the discipline.”
I have found that inspiration is illusive but I believe that we can create environments that are conducive. We can surround ourselves with color, inviting spaces and symbolic objects that speak to us, things that we love, places where we feel good. We can listen to music that lifts our hearts, hear words that call us to our high awareness, and feed our minds with images of beauty.
What makes you happy? Where do you go that sparks your imagination? These elements may well play a greater role in our creativity than all of the ‘work’ or physical actions that we take. There is a factor of inspiration that can flow in when we are receptive, lifting our creative work to a higher place. You can feel it when it comes. I feel it as a small excitement in my stomach. Things feel right, possible, and exciting. For a creative person, it is extremely important to cultivate and take advantage of these moments.
Stuck? Stressed? Take a walk in the woods, go look at art, put on a piece of music, find a sanctuary where peace prevails and big ideas seem to flow. There is a mystery to creativity. It may be like a butterfly, hard to catch, but sometimes in a moment of peace, it lands on the nose.