This is one of a series of blog posts about The Creative Mystery and contains strategies and ideas to unleash the flow of creativity in your art and life. Here are the links to the other posts in the series.
These are the last few strategies in this series.
Give them a try and see what happens to your creative process.
Preparation as ritual
Ritual can take an activity from the mundane to the divine. It can move us out of one way of being to another dimension entirely. As you perform ritual, you move into a more sacred space where magic is allowed to happen.
Use the time before you start to paint to perform a ritual of setting up your art supplies ready to use. This ritual gets me into a more receptive, creative space as I get to look at and touch my art supplies as I get them ready.
When you've finished painting, add an element of ritual to tidying your work area and caring for your tools and materials.
Completing a simple ritual can help remove resistance and overwhelm and clear the way to enter the space for magical work. Focus deliberately on what you are doing as you lay out your brushes and fill your water jar. Add an intention to work in relationship with your tools. Get to know them.
To turn something mundane into a ritual, focus on it completely when you perform it, repeat it over and over as time goes by, with the same focus and intention to work with these tools to create magic.
Allow creativity to happen
When you listen to your intuition, you are met with a flow of choices to make. You can take action or not take action. If you dither too long, the idea or inspiration may be lost.
Allow the flow and action to happen, and you won’t have time to be scared of failing, or doing the wrong thing.
To allow creativity to flow. you have to get of our own way. You have to become what you are doing.
Then you'll forget you are hungry and thirsty, or that you need to pee, because you become absorbed in what you are doing. Time stops.
If you struggle with getting into this allowing space, try one of the activities below to experience getting into the flow.
Look out for these four creativity killers
Neglecting your practice. Not making art.
Fear and shame, and being too tame.
Making art for reward or punishment, profit or loss.
Not trusting your creative impulse.