Sometimes, we need just one more number to open the creativity lock. Other times, we need to discard two numbers, gain three, and the lock opens.
And once the lock is open, there are a new set of considerations. Will it stay open? Do we get to ‘keep’ it?
Creativity is a process in flux. It’s a waveform. It cycles. There’s time for it, then we get squeezed. It flows, then the world happens.
Often, keeping the flow happening means a continual tending to the conditions that allow it to happen, on its own. It’s a mind-body-set. What we hold in our consciousness matters. What we do with our bodies matters. When they are in alignment, and social conditions allow, we flow. We jam. We feel it. It’s happening.
As a coach, and a creative human, I’ve learned techniques for keeping the spigot open. And, they change and evolve over time. In my world, as it is with most, time is the question. I need sleep, but when will I practice? There are phases to the creative life, especially with work and children in the mix. We all have a different mix. It’s been my job to help folks find activities and nurture views which deliver creative experiences. Each of us is unique. Though we may do similar type things, we do them differently, in different orders, in our own way. This is how it should be because this is how it is.
Answers to creativity lie within each of us. It is our job to ask the right questions, so even better questions emerge. One leads to the next. They keep us moving. Even though ‘confusion’ may happen, this isn’t a sign that things are off-track, but on.
I have many creative interests…photography, video, film music, sonic sculpture, installations, music. I happen to know guitar stuff best, mostly because I’ve done it the longest. All of these interests create dissonance which find resolution in expression.
Some things take years, while others a day or two; others, even decades. While tending to all channels, things come in and out of awareness. Melodies re-emerge after years. The idea is to not contract in the face of this ongoing unfolding, but to stay open and accepting to the turnings.
I’ve taught 1000’s of folks over decades. I see common threads with success/failure. Successful students are open to learning, absorb information, and integrate it, while allowing their own views to guide the activity. Students that ‘fail’ [quit – say it’s too difficult], have sometimes had a lazy coach earlier on, and don’t have the energy to fix what wasn’t tended to, or they are not open to new information. Or, they are stuck on one song that is beyond their current playing skills, and think it to be the benchmark for whether or not they can play.
Everyone can play. Everyone can make music. Everyone can learn. It’s the views we maintain which determine where we go.
There isn’t really a lock, just a creative life, waiting to unfold.