Clean Out and Create

Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” Dee Hock

Creation is part of who we are as human beings. Whether it’s artistic or practical creation, we all have a drive to develop something in this world. And when we’re on a roll – when things are flowing – we feel completely alive. When we get stuck, though, it can feel frustrating. Often referred to as a creative block, many of us abandon our dreams or creative visions because we think that if it’s not flowing, it can’t be worth doing anymore. The problem is that our thinking is flawed - we’re blocked only because we’ve filled our mind with clutter. The kind of clutter that has us doubt our vision or ability to achieve it. We start to make excuses as to why things aren’t flowing and tell others things like “it wasn’t meant to be.” But, before we abandon our goals, it is good to see what might be causing our blocks. Oftentimes, our blocks are fears and when we clean out the dark corners of our mind, creativity begins to fill our brain once again. Fears like, “No one cares what I have to say or give,” “This is stupid anyway,” “It’s NEVER going to work.” Whatever you tell yourself, it’s important to realize that you are already being creative – creative in a way that stops you from achieving what you say you want. Recognizing the simple fact that you are already being creative (in the negative), allows you to let go of any belief that you can’t do what you set out. You can instead re-direct your creativity in the direction you choose. Rather than believing we can’t do something, we can instead begin to break down our steps and start the process of creating. If we remember that creation is not a process of setting things in stone, but rather into clay – we can see that our finished product can start out simply as a mold and not perfection. Approaching creativity from this vantage ultimately allows us to break free from those horrible blocks that occupy our mind and claim our right to our full expression of ourselves.

Weekly Path to Peace: Clear your mind and create.

  • If you are experiencing any kind of block – whether it’s writer’s block, creative block or a work block – begin by listing out what is filling your brain. Is it doubt, concern or even anger? Write out all of your fears that exist behind what you’ve identified. If you can’t identify any, simply ask yourself what do you make it mean that you have this block? Does it mean you’re a failure or stupid. Identify all the things that are in the way of your creativity filling that space.
  • Release each one of your fears one by one. Recognize that you already are creating – it’s just that you are creating your worst fears. Perhaps your fears are there to keep you from feeling the pain of rejection or something else. Thank them, release them and replace them with a statement that reminds you that you are already creative and that this too can flow. Then, spend time creating. Even if it is 10 minutes and even if you don’t like it. Repeat every day this week.

As you begin this week, rate your level of happiness, self-esteem and self-confidence on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not satisfied and 10 being very satisfied. Notice where you are Sunday evening after you do this week’s peace practice to see if there is a change.