It seems simple enough: Create a safe space for creating. Just don’t let anyone see what you’ve written or drawn, right?
Well, actually, it’s not quite that. It’s a little trickier. It’s almost this: Don’t let YOU see what you’ve made.
How do you do that?
Well, you see, the toughest critic and biggest obstacle to happy creating is not out there. It’s not the public, or your mom, or your art teacher, or the music industry. The toughest critic and biggest obstacle is you.
But you knew that, right? Or at least suspected as much?
So, to return to the question of how to make a safe space in which to create: It comes down to two things. Permission and a promise.
For your creative self (or creative elf, if you prefer), permission to be dumb, stupid, unfinished, clunky, jerky, halting, ugly, a waste of time, bad, derivative, a copy, unoriginal, amateurish, a flop, stupid, cheesey, corny, gaudy, not real art, painful, happy, foolish, fun, unrehearsed, unrepeatable, utterly shining and achingly incomplete – WHATEVER!
For you, a promise to your creativity: To be welcoming, accepting, tolerant, generous, unconditional, curious, faithful, loyal, relentless, persistent, loving, impartial, committed, gentle, safe, understanding, empathic, compassionate, genuine and honest.
And a mutual pledge: Each and every day, I will show up for you in the appointed place at the appointed time and build our relationship.
This is how you begin to repair, heal and recover your creative spirit.
Until next time, please leave a comment if you want to have a happier relationship with your creativity.
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