The Hidden Potential in Your Creative Blocks

The creative process is not a straight path. It has its own rhythm. Highs and lows, and expansion and contraction are unavoidable, but there is a purpose to be found in the experience of a creative block.

There is a higher purpose to be found in writers block and artists block
The experience of writer’s block or an artist’s block is the contraction of creative energy within the creative process.

Artist’s block or writer’s block is common, but the silence and quiet times forced upon you are there for a reason. Whether you like it or not, there is only one reason why you are blocked. You’ve run out of creative power. When you get low on fuel in your car, you usually stop before you run out, so that you avoid being stranded.  You can’t drive a car on empty. When you run out of creative power, by experiencing a block in creativity, it’s a signal to refuel. You are meant to renew your energy and inner resources so that inspiration returns. Renewing yourself won’t happen while you still trying to create and produce. If you’re empty of energy and inner resources, it will take time to fill up again. There are no quick fixes for creative block. Forcing yourself to produce by working through it might squeeze out a bit more creativity, but it won’t last long. You will be back where you started again, but even more wrung out than you were before.

To renew your energy and inner resources, you need to practice self-care. Try one or more of the following on a regular basis:

  • Watch comedy movies
  • Indulge in regular bubble baths
  • Get a massage
  • Take yourself out on a date
  • Try Laughter Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Counselling
  • Co-Dependency Therapy – 12 Step Programs
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Release Therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Life Balance Profiling
  • Take a holiday
  • Go on a retreat

To boost your creative power, try something different to your current creative pursuits. Choose one or more of the following:

  • Singing, chanting or toning
  • Read myths, legends and fairy tales
  • Storytelling
  • Read poetry
  • Write poetry
  • Creative writing
  • Automatic writing
  • Keep a journal
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Classes
  • Archetype Profiling

Writer’s block or artist’s block is the contraction of creative energy within the creative process. A contraction takes you into your potential. It’s an opportunity to get to know more about you. If you go with the contraction, and go within, and you do what you need to do to renew your creative energy, you will renew it faster than if you try to fight it. Creative down times are those times you are given as an oasis to prepare yourself, and maybe even reinvent yourself, for the active stage that will follow.