How Can Surrender Help You as A Creative?
Updated: Jul 19, 2021
As one whose joy is found in creativity, I thought this sharing might be helpful to any who find that they are ready to tap into the energy of surrender in their artistic creations. Surrender contains within it divine intelligence, limitless ideas, the capacity to heal our deep wounds and the power to sustain and strengthen our resolve.
The Artistic Impulse
When the first artistic impulse comes, as a sense of excitement around a new project or undertaking, then in that moment we are fully in flow. We are open channels for that which wishes to express through us and as, us. We are receptive and willing to take a risk. We’re willing to be wrong. We’re even willing to fail in that moment. Until…
Until we hit a setback, feel a block, receive some kind of criticism, or feel discouraged. This is when we become most vulnerable to our inner critic which is just a collection of stories from our past, running on auto-play, ad nauseam, that we then believe in.
We find - if we’re not surrendered to the truth of the situation - that we forget this inner critic is just an internal dialogue that has nothing to do with this moment, or with who we really are. We forget it has nothing to do with this new creation.
Even if our inner critic or inner script is replaying a dialogue where we‘ve supposedly failed before; then even that needs to be recognised as the lie that it is - for there never was a failure. There was only the interpretation of an event as something called failure, which we have subsequently believed in and thus given power to.
The Energy of Surrender
The energy of surrender with its infallible compass for truth that is timeless and unchanging; calls to us in those moments. It asks us to see what is really going on.
What is this thing you are defining as a setback?
What does this phrase ‘a block’ mean?
What collections of scripts are you running around the word block?
What is this thing called outer discouragement?
It wonders aloud to our inner ears in still moments and then shares its musings:
‘I (creativity) am the one who encouraged, inspired and directed you to do that which makes your heart sing, so who or what; could truly discourage you?’
If we’re not surrendered to its wisdom, awareness and presence, then we will not accept its loving embrace and encouragement.
Instead, we will be allowing our inner scripts to run the show and actively submerging ourselves in our victimhood. When we should, in fact, be pouring these critical inner scripts into our creations and revealing the beauty underneath their negativity.
Everything can be in service to our creations.
Everything can be used to create that which we find beautiful or affirming. Whether that beauty or affirming is aesthetic or implied; doesn't matter. Surrendering helps us to accept this willingness to utilise everything in service to our creations. Nothing is excluded. All is allowed.
Allowing only sees the beauty in everything. It only recognises the truth in everything. Therefore even negativity has the ability to inspire great creations; if we would just let it.
The flow of surrender can even be found in your blocks
If you are in the flow of surrender and your creative juices are pouring freely then how joyful; honour and celebrate that. If you’re feeling stuck, discouraged, or are in the energy of self-criticism and you find that it is dampening your flow, then honour and celebrate that too.
Let your stuckness fuel you. Pour it into your medium and let the creative mould of surrender do its work. Let your fear, your doubts, your criticisms and any external discouragement, be elevated into the beauty that they are.
It is a beauty that is hiding itself in your blocks in the hopes of your discovery. Relax and allow and let that beauty be revealed to you through your creations.
If you're feeling persistently creatively blocked and want to explore the story behind that stuckness - some painful inner script that you're not aware you're clinging on to, why not schedule a Discovery Session with me?