I don’t believe in writer’s block.
There, I said it. It’s this one thing every writer, artist, musician and other creative person fears: the lack of ideas and inspiration, a blank space inside where creativity should be bubbling merrily at all times. It’s a vicious cycle: The more you try to force ideas to come out, the more blocked, stuck and empty you feel…
And that’s the exact problem: We can’t force creativity. Why? Because in my opinion, it’s not ours to begin with. I believe that all ideas come from our higher power, from God, the Unified Field, the Universe, or however you choose to call it. We can’t tell God what to do; and we can’t force wisdom, inspiration and results from divine hands.
What we can do, and have to do in order to find inspiration, is opening up to receiving. I believe that any creative process starts with receiving, with listening. With being still. With letting go of fears and expectations. It requires being okay with not knowing all the answers. With not knowing what to do next.
Sometimes we are so busy that we forget to listen. Or we tell ourselves that we don’t have time to take a break and be still. That’s when our minds are so full and our bodies so tense that we shut off the pathway to receiving. I myself have been having a hard time writing lately. There simply hasn’t been any space or time to open up to new ideas and bring them to life:
My hubby and I flew home from Germany on Wednesday, including a three-hour delay, a stop at the immigration office because I had brought an expired Green Card (silly mistake that added a lot of extra worries to the trip) and an incident at Bart that forced us to take a Lyft halfway across SF in the rain. Luckily our good friend was able to give us a ride from there and we got home around 8 pm, about four hours later than anticipated. Long travels, for sure…
I went straight back to work the next day, and between feeling the jet lag, readjusting and working in some cold, stormy and rainy weather I’ve not been feeling compelled to do anything more than the absolute necessary. And you know what? That’s totally fine with me. Because it really only makes sense: When my brain is filled to the brim and my body is busy recovering from traveling and adjusting to a different time zone, there simply is no space open for inspiration to come in, and no energy left to take action and create something.
Cause that’s the second part of any creative process: Taking action on the inspiration we receive. By bringing ideas into form, we show our appreciation and gratitude for the inspiration we’ve received and we actively do our divine work on this planet.
If you are feeling uninspired and unmotivated, one of the two steps is missing: You’re either not creating space to go inwards, listen, and receive; or you’re not making time to take action on the ideas received. When you’re sitting in front of a blank Word document on your computer trying to force ideas to come out, you may have made time to take action, but you haven’t first made space inside of yourself first to invite inspiration in. Perhaps you could meditate, do Yoga, go for a walk in nature, read an inspiring book, clean up your house or simply enjoy a few minutes of silence without any electronic distractions. Sometimes, like in my case, both steps are missing: These past few days I’ve had no capacity left for creativity at all, neither time-wise nor mindset-wise.
Today though, I knew I had this hour between my morning Yoga session and going to work that I could use for writing. I sat down not knowing what would happen. I just showed up, emptied my mind and made space for a message to come through, whatever message God/The Universe saw fit at the time. And, sure enough, this article came through. It is a truly humbling process: I made room for a meditative mindset, I made time to take action, and boom – there came the idea to write about writer’s block.
In the words of Marianne Williamson: “You’re not the water; you’re the faucet!” As soon as we realize that ideas aren’t ours to claim and to force into existence, we start to soften up and open up to receiving. As soon as the ego steps aside and we surrender, we turn on the faucet.
The beauty of all this is that we ARE part of our creator. We are at all times connected to an infinite source of inspiration, so we can at all times receive as many ideas as we want, need, and are willing to take action on. All we need to do is to stop struggling and start receiving.
And so it is.
Much love and inspiration for this week!