If you are a writer, one of the most challenging experiences you can have is writer’s block, especially when you are under deadline. Other than story rejection, a block to one’s creativity is the single most confidence smashing event that a writer or any creative for that matter can go through.
That said, aren’t we all creatives? Whether you are a famous author or a renegade painter or somewhere either side or in-between, we all help to create this thing called life. As many can attest, problems arise and dis-ease sets in when we lose sight of the this integral part of our consciousness.
Sally Kempton, in this recent Integral Life post, shares her own experience with writer’s block and how using a three part writing and meditation process can help a person get beneath the surface of the mind and re-connect to the Inner Guru, Source, or Universe.
It’s the third step that seems to bring the deepest creative shifts, and that step is a spin-off of meditation. It works like this. I close my eyes, focus on the breath, and ask my question internally. But I don’t ask it of my mind. I ask it of the Source, the Universe, the Inner Guru. And if I’m really stuck, or desperate, I do it like a prayer. Literally. I say “Help me, I’m clueless. Give me an idea, a direction, a solution.” For me, a little bit of desperation helps me make the connection. And the important thing here is to connect—to get a sense that you are touching into that Something, that Suchness. I don’t always get an immediate answer, an immediate creative inspiration. But over the years, I’ve discovered that the answer always comes. Maybe on a walk, or in the bath, or waking up in the morning. Or maybe through my fingers on the keyboard, without the intervention of my mind. The point is, when you really ask, it always comes. Because creativity is inherent, when you ask the inner essence of yourself for a creative inspiration, you get one. Yes, you need the skill to carry it the next step. Hearing a sequence of great musical phrases may not be much use to you if you’re not a trained musician.
Read more from Kempton on using meditation to unlock your inherent creativity here.