No number of pithy slogans or inspiring quotes are going to automatically dissolve your creative blocks.

Yes of course it’s true, words embody ideas, and quotes can sometimes communicate wonderful and inspiring ideas.  But if you’re a blocked artist and have suffered those blocks for years, OR if you’re someone who set aside the creative life to attend to other responsibilities, and now can’t find your way back, it’s going to take more.

One of the keys to this connundrum is a hard one to turn — we have to learn to reach out.

With these long-standing blocks, part of the problem is the cleverness with which we’ve built our walls, and the endless repetitions of that behavior in which we have turned aside from our creative work when we came to that wall.

This is a closed system.  If we really want to free this artist inside us, we are going to have to open up that system.  One of the ways we do that is by coming clean.   We have to lay everything out to a genuinely sympathetic person, preferably an artist, to whom our real situation is fresh.  Why such drastic measures?  Because, if we have a long-term block, we have become ingrained in our patterns, enmeshed, we have become prisoners of our own castle, and an outside perspective is one critical key to knocking the rust off the gates and beginning the process of pushing them open.

We do not see ourselves.  Our familiarity with our past, our selective vision regarding it, and our rationalizations to make it all okay, need to be brought to awareness.  If you are in a labyrinth, it helps to have someone positioned high above you who can see the way out more objectively.  

If you have a long-term block to doing something as natural as making art, this coming clean can be the difficult doorway which leads to the reality of living the creative life, of freeing the artist you are, but somehow don’t quite believe yet.

It isn’t a one-time thing either.  Patterns and beliefs that create long-term blocks take time to see, even with someone else’s help, and time to understand.  Sometimes we’re confronted with unpleasant beliefs we have about ourselves and our ability to make art, and sometimes it takes time to even admit they are there.  But the alternative is to leave those patterns undisturbed.  Easier at first glance, but then of course the blocks will remain.  It’s like a closet you never clean.  It’s safer, but then you will never become that wildly, intensely creative being which is every human’s birthright.

Who, then?  Someone who understands the creative process.  Is this a therapist?  Sometimes.  Is this a friend?  Well, it can’t be a friend who reinforces the negative patterns!  But it can be an acquaintance, sometimes a friend.  Every situation is different.

It’s an enormous topic, and this just scratches the surface.  But the way IS known.

 

How can it possibly be worth it?  

Because what waits for you on the other side is, quite literally, freedom.

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