Whether we are accountants, engineers, healers, salespeople, or artists, we are all creative, and we benefit from our creations as do those we share them with.
Being an artist, photographer and musician, I have spent a lot of time in the creative flow, and during difficult periods, out of the flow. So, in order to help myself and others stay in the flow, I decided to look more closely at my process of creativity. I identified the 5 steps I use to bring an idea into creation.
The 5 Steps of Creativity:
1. Be a receiver of ideas
The first step in the flow of creativity is to be in receiving mode so that new ideas can pop in.
I believe we are not the maker of these ideas, rather they are given to us from spirit guides, muses, loved ones who have crossed over, and other helpful entities, and maybe from a collective consciousness as well.
Receiving ideas often happens to me when I’m daydreaming, not paying attention to the present moment, or in a meditative state. For me, playing guitar is a meditative state and new song ideas pour in rather easily. Sometimes I ask for a new idea to help with a problem or creation and then I meditate to receive inspiration.
I find that the more playful I am about the process the easier it is for ideas to flow in.
When I feel creatively blocked in some area of my life it’s usually because stress has taken me out of receiving mode. Stress constricts open thought and kills that playfulness. During these times I do whatever I can to take care of myself by eating, sleeping, exercising, grounding or listening to a guided meditation specifically for reducing stress. Once I “allow” the connection, I can get back to being a receiver of both love and ideas.
2. Decide whether or not to use an idea
When an idea comes in, I move to the second step and decide whether it’s a worthy idea or not. In reality, the receiving of the idea and the tossing about of it to determine its usefulness happens in the same mind space. One seamlessly follows the other.
As soon as the idea enters my mind, I begin tossing it around, trying it on for size.
Does it seem like something I can make happen? Is it of value? If the idea feels right, I go for it. If it doesn’t, I drop it. In some cases, I write the idea down for future use.
The best ideas are the ones that both excite me and scare me because I know that I’ll experience personal growth by following them through.
Sometimes I get ideas that feel too big for me. Like I’m not important enough or successful enough to pull this idea off. This is an indicator that I need to do some healing around my self-worth.
If I feel it’s a good idea that I’m not up for, the best thing I can do for myself is to write the idea down and look at it later when I’m feeling more confident.
3. Create something from the idea
The third step, working the idea, is my favorite way to spend time.
I like to think of this step as adding myself to the idea.
The way I look at it, some other person in the world may have received the same idea, so now it’s my job to add my unique Scott Hall-ness to it. I don’t need to make it the biggest or the best, I just need to make it more like me.
It was once shown to me by one of my guides that we are each beautiful tips of consciousness sent out by fingers of God to discover and uncover things in our own way, and that these discoveries and creations feed back up to God in a loving way that is only possible with the uniqueness of individuals.
During the creation stage, I find myself in the flow and I become even more inspired, and when it really gets moving, a freight train of ideas comes steadily in to help develop the main idea. This is a state of inspired action, which is the best feeling, like riding a wave!
I am not only adding my take on the idea, but I’m using my learned skills as an artist/photographer/musician. In other words, I’m also adding in my knowledge and a good bit of perspiration.
It doesn’t happen often, but I can find myself feeling uninspired by an idea that had previously felt great. I find that it’s best in these cases to take a break from working on the idea and come back to it when I’m feeling fresh again, knowing that there must be some potential there since I chose the idea.
Also, sometimes people can feel overwhelmed by inspired action. If this happens to you, just take a breath and move through it. Tell yourself you deserve to see this through. This is growth.
4. Finish the creation
When I’m at my best, the fourth step is a proud moment. I make any final adjustments with full knowledge that I am completing it. After those adjustments, I go through my completion routine: I sit back and imagine others enjoying it. If it’s a song, I proudly practice it, imagining how others will hear it when I play it at my next show. If it’s a photo or graphic image, I’ll look at it as if I’m a stranger newly laying eyes on it. If it’s a video, I’ll play it through as if I’m a random person watching it for the first time.
Sometimes I need a little help in deciding something is finished. A client’s deadline or a self-imposed deadline can be a great help with this. Do I miss the deadline to make more changes, or do I decide it’s good enough as is? I use my gut and my experience to determine this.
You would think that completing the creation would feel wonderful, but it’s so strongly linked to the final step of sharing the creation which can bring up lots of fear, not to mention the faint fear of what to work on next.
I have to ask myself, “Am I delaying finishing because that brings me closer to sharing the creation?”
Sometimes not completing a creation is a way for me to avoid the less fun work of running a business.
5. Share the creation with others
The final step requires the greatest courage. Usually, the more personal and revealing the work is, the more fearful I am of sharing it. But from experience I’ve found that the more personal my creation is, the more help it will bring to others.
Sharing is also a way of telling the Universe that I want more of the same. It completes the cycle, allowing for another creative cycle to begin.
Once I hit “send”, I allow myself to enjoy the feedback I get from sharing. It’s like getting a little love back for creating something that entertains someone’s attention.
I can often create roadblocks for myself at this point by placing too many steps in front of getting my creation out there. For example, I decide that I need to add a new page to my website before I share my video creation, or I tell myself there’s no hurry in completing my new song until I get my next gig lined up. This is merely resistance that I need to move through.
I’ve learned that it really is the third step, the act of creation, that I love the most. This is even more important to me than the approval from others I receive from sharing. When I’m creating I feel so strongly connected to Spirit and myself.
It’s like we merge as one to create. It’s a beautiful thing.
How do you feel when you create? Are you receiving ideas but not following them through? Are you putting yourself in receiving mode enough? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
As a creative psychic, I am perfectly suited to support you with your creative process. I can access your spirit guides for information about your creativity and how to get it flowing beautifully again. I’d love to help you with this. Book a psychic reading and during the reading we will set the intention to work with your creativity.
I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you soon!