Something truly magical happens when an artist begins to connect with the work. It is hard to say what it really is, but it feels like something definitely spiritual in the air. When the doors to inspiration open, they honestly open and sometimes with a bang!
Working energy creates energy, flow, and passion. The more you work, the more work you get done. It expands, exponentially beyond belief. This happens best when there is a schedule set, that sets up a rhythm in your work patterns. You know what you will do and you do it. Keeping a set schedule, or at least as much as you can, will help get this rhythm flowing. Do whatever little ritual you usually do and get to work.
Ordinary people are sometimes critical and/or jealous of creative people. It is because there is this connection, this gift that occurs when they create. Those of you who create will understand what this means. The non-creative types just don’t get it, they don’t feel it so they don’t believe in this wonderful gift of inspiration artists can tap into. It isn’t anything that is hidden, its obvious when you watch someone work who works with consistency. You can almost feel it in
I believe the inspiration is always there screaming at us to see it. It seems all the creative stuff that artists do is always there but it takes an artist to make it real, to make it happen. I have always said artists are only the receptors and messengers. The gifts are given to them and they act on it.
As I said before, we thrive on routine, and our bodies and minds expect this. When routine doesn’t happen, we throw this into a situation of minor chaos (if that is possible) that must be sorted out for the creativity to begin. Most minor chaos has a solution, a remedy if you will, and that doesn’t have to be complicated. If for instance you decide to go to the coffee shop before you go to work, and this isn’t your routine, the inspiration trail will be somewhat hijacked until you get back into the groove. But, of course, this is easily solved. These minor side trips are a form of resistance, and resistance is the enemy of creativity. Resistance will block you every way it can to keep you from working. It will throw a monkey wrench into your progress every time. You may not even know you are experiencing resistance. It can be very subtle.
How you handle this, how you pull yourself back into the realm of work routine is crucial. It is important to acknowledge the resistance, square it off in your mind, and move on. Don’t hang on to things that will impede your thinking and reaching your goals. To have a productive work session the mind must be clear of “junk” we carry. Acknowledge it, face it, deal with it, and move on.
Artists are blessed with these gifts and it is up to the artist to make something of it. If you ignore the messages and not act upon them, it won’t happen. Set a schedule for yourself and keep it. Don’t let the nagging little distractions pull you away from the most important work.