CREATIVE BLOCKS & CHALLENGES
Blocks arise when we maintain attachment to outcome. Passion in any type of work enables us to surmount
inhibitions and keep reaching beyond past accomplishments. We must desensitize ourselves to criticism and find
happiness in doing something utterly our own. Striving to surmount creative challenges, we frequently trigger
peak experiences from within ourselves, inspiring us to express freely and courageously. While in these loftier
states of mind, we may at times consciously link with the Creative Force itself. Challenges for the web-book's part-
ticipating artisans were as unique and varied as their individual artworks.
One out of ten feared an inability to fully manifest what they envisioned. Some, feeling inadequate, found it hard
to discipline themselves to start or stick with the job. A few found very large works most challenging, & nearly all
who turned professional, felt intimidated when exposing their work to the public, establishing markets and promot-
Often, it's only when chaos or disaster courts our lives that we're lifted beyond ourselves to new heights of creati-
vity, where we realize higher laws of expression. Is our deeper desire, perhaps, to somehow transport ourselves in-
to Inspirational Modes before chaos, pain or confusion impacts us? We want to intentionally enter the Inspirational
and Expressive Modes at will__ and that is what this text is about.
First, we need strong inner security systems fostering a trust in the Creator-Spirit-Within to aid us in overcoming
our fear of facing the unknown, and of being "out of control" while in altered states of mind. Our western culture pro-
vides few scenarios through which to develop this side of human nature. But it is precisely from these "other
realms" that we reap the true bounty of our creative receptivity and problem-solving. Connecting with "other realms"
is addressed in Chapters 3 and 4.
Low self-esteem, stagnant routines, unrealistic expectations, limits placed around notions of what is "possible" and
creative efforts restricted to only one activity can severely block initiative. Substance abuse, medications, too much
sugar, caffeine, chemical food or water additives__ poor dietary habits__ can suppress or dull the creative drive.
We have to find out for ourselves, just what works best for us. The jarring noises of TV and city living__ bright, flash-
ing lights, cell phones, smart meters and quick, repetitive movement around us__ have been shown to not only dis-
tract, but to actually damage nerve cells in brain and body.
There have been common lines of thought that "creativity" is only for those born with "artistic talent"; that "men" are
somehow "better" artists or innovators than "women"; and if we are truly "artistic", we are neurotic, tormented, alien-
ated, drug-addicted, alcoholic, and irresponsible. Add to this, that we either: (1) have to live in a dingy attic subsist-
ing on wine, cheese and bread; or (2) we have "made it" in the art world and are "filthy rich"; or, (3) in either case,
we will eventually cut off an ear lobe__ because we continually mess-up relationships.
In the hard-core life of men on the street, with no chance for higher education, "being creative" is not "macho-man";
so there is no path t o creativity except using one's body in athletics. The sad reality is that many talented people__
male or female__ block themselves by habitually "numbing" themselves to rub out the psychic pains of life; which
also blots out their natural instincts for any sort of spiritual evolution. Some who choose to create__ whether music,
paintings, sculptures, dance or technology, twist their creative drive by fanatically grasping for six-figure incomes,
collecting and hoarding material belongings, a "stunning" appearance or world-fame. On the whole, we confine our
l lives into either a "creative/artistic" box, or a "common herd" box.
"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
By REV. DR. MARILYN LA CROIX