My hair’s on fire – need a light?

Thu, Aug 20, 2009

Blogs, Fearless Creativity

I have no time for the on ramp of my imaginary highway.  Without peace of mind I can’t even read the damn street signs. There is still more creative hodgepodge to organize yet no time to make the connections needed to translate swirling random thoughts into a common language. It’s no wonder drugs and alcohol are so popular with the creatively employed – intoxicants are a forced brain vacation.  Creative clarity is impossible if your days and nights involve rapid input and output.

Have you ever noticed that a hyper-focused mind is the source of pleasure? Even if your laser focus is on nothingness, this concept goes way beyond “ignorance is bliss” and much deeper into Eastern Spiritual Philosophy, but singularity of focus almost guarantees pleasure.  Whether “in the zone” while performing an activity or meditating in your Zen garden, nirvana requires easing your worried mind – and yes, I think sex counts as a mind easing activity.  Perhaps this is why Art and Sex has been so intimately linked throughout history.

“Bruce, you’re trying way too hard.  Just let it happen, forget ‘process’ and try some medical quality marijuana”, was the advice of a nearly lost friend.  While I was never much for chemical brain cleansing, I just may add an equivalent of synthetic brain drain to my creative process model, but I don’t think that is what my creative friend had in mind when offering her sage advice.

Is the key to overcoming the cash flow rat race of the creativity business being exceptionally disciplined about down time?  Yet something else to stress over: better leave enough room in your week’s schedule for down time – how about Thursday from 1:45 – 3 between appointments?

(reprise from ’07)
Creativity

2 Responses to “My hair’s on fire – need a light?”

  1. Dennis Dunbar Says:

    Good points here. In the study of Kung Fu we constantly remind ourselves to “clear your mind”. Without this it’s hard for things to ‘flow’ properly and it’s like driving with the parking brake on.

    Clearing your mind takes practice, but as you practice it becomes easier and easier.

    The journey of 1000 steps begins with the first one.


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