Arts Awareness Monthly E-Newsletter | May 2014

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Allowing Creativity to Flow

Artists allow themselves to fall deeply into the artistic process. Time seems to stand still and self-expression takes over. This kind of involvement allows their innermost thoughts and feelings to find an outlet. Engrossing themselves deeply in the artistic process helps artists to slow down, and that allows creativity to flourish. In fact, hurrying or trying to force things actually causes your mind to go into a state of chaos. Since creativity is dampened when senses are cluttered, solitude and simplicity are also vital to the artistic process.
All true artists, whether they know it or not,
create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.

~ Eckart Tolle

Actors know that in order to perform at their highest level, they must learn how to allow their emotions to flow freely throughout their dialogue and physical movements. Even when they aren’t speaking, they keep their movement fluid. In fact, all artists must learn to allow their emotions to flow freely. If they restrict their emotional flow, they limit the expression of their art. And if they are in a group—a theater cast, a chamber ensemble, a band, an orchestra, a dance ensemble—an individual can hinder the expressive quality of the entire group.
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
~ Danny Kaye

Creativity is the natural order of life—its fluidity can’t be forced. Walking through the Boston Public Garden at this time of year, it’s easy to experience and recognize the incredible creative fluidity of nature. Artists who learn how to allow creativity to flow understand the gracefulness of this artistic principle. While it does require that they learn some basic skills and rules of the art form, they then have the knowledge to determine when they will allow certain departures from those basic structures and systems—in a sense, they remember how to play.

Creativity can be more than making art. If we allow ourselves to explore and discover like an artist—to learn new skills, perspectives, and ideas—creativity will then be a part of our everyday lives. It increases our ability to become fascinated with things that come our way and boosts our ability to bounce back. It improves our overall satisfaction with life.

Why allow your daily creativity to flow like an artist?

  • You will discover that it’s fun.
  • It will help you in your work.
  • Your relationships will thrive.
  • It will help you to feel more alive and healthy.
  • You will grow and expand in ways you may not have previously considered.
When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college—that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget”
~ Howard Ikemoto

In the struggles of everyday life, we sometimes forget “how to draw.” We forget to see things in new ways and make connections between things that at first glance appear to be unrelated. Once you begin to create like this in your daily life, you won’t want to quit. It’s contagious, and the more allowing and creative flow you use, the more you will have. You will begin to seek out interaction with others who allow creativity to flow. It will become natural and take you beyond your greatest expectations.

Interesting—Check it out:

In Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi offers a prescriptive guide that helps us reclaim ownership of our lives. He contends that we often walk through our days unaware and out of touch with our emotional lives. Our inattention makes us constantly bounce between two extremes: days filled with the anxiety and pressures, and leisure moments in passive boredom. He suggests transforming a routine task by taking a different approach. His more recent book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience delves into how we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.

How to Boost Your Creativity. This article by Kendra Cherry presents 20 steps to help you develop creativity in every aspect of your life.

Scott Hodge explores techniques you can use to achieve creative flow in his post Core Principles for Rapidly Attaining Creative Flow.

Every child is an artist; the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso
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About the Arts Awareness Newsletter:

This newsletter is meant to spark ideas and develop a deeper understanding of artistic processes and their use in leadership, everyday life, and work. Content, which comes from personal experiences and a variety of sources, is based on the Arts Awareness concepts developed by Patricia Hoy. Questions? Comments? Contact Patricia at or 901-229-1955, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.
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