When I try to force an idea into being, and inevitably get stuck, my ego starts spurting out thoughts of not being good enough or of how lame I am.
An interesting thing about the mind is how it’s not creative. But then again, that’s not really the mind’s role, is it.
The mind can only use information it’s attained externally – it’s not creative, it doesn’t imagine, but it is a whiz at processing.
Trying to force the mind into bringing forth a fresh idea only creates fodder for the ego.
So where do those imaginative ideas come from?
Take a couple of deep breaths into your belly and ask yourself this question “where does creativity come from.” As you take another deep breath, feel into a response. Where is the response coming from?
If you say your head, then take a moment to consider the response? What did it have to tell you? What was the quality of the response? Chances are, your ego wants to be invited to play. Ask again and take another breath, this time into your heart center.
How does this feel? What quality does it have?
When I want to write or do some other creative activity, I first have to practice breathing into my heart center and invite the question, “What wants to be revealed through me?” and my heart provides a feeling.
That’s when the mind can do what it does best – provide the means for taking the heart’s response and making into something using the knowledge it has been accumulating for a lifetime.
It’s teamwork. The heart leads the way and the mind makes it happen.
The next time your ego starts in, take a breath, relax and let your heart take the lead.