For the past few months, I’ve been practicing something I think of as “effortless creativity”. I basically stopped doing anything that I don’t actually want to do.
For example – I feel that I’m “supposed to” tweet blog posts from this blog as soon as I write them. After all, that has worked wonders for my other blogs in the past. One of the first tasks I did as setting up this blog is set up a Twitter. I even tweeted a few blog posts. Same goes with Instagram…
But I’m completely blocked on this task. I have no desire to use Twitter anymore. I have no heart in this task. So instead of forcing myself to do it, I’ve been asking myself why I “need to” do it. The answer is that it’s for “marketing” or “publicity” to get more eyes on my blog. I’m not convinced.
So I’m listening to my internal block, and I’m not doing it. Instead, I will wait until my creativity brings me the answer on how to promote this blog in a way that makes me happy, agrees with me, is in sync with the universe. And if it doesn’t, I’m ok with it. That’s how it’s supposed to be.
And while it might sound too passive to wait for creativity to strike and give you the right answer, it has done wonders for me personally.
Recently, I started learning Sanskrit a bit. I learned that it’s a phonetic language – hearing based. Unfortunately, I have many blocks and discomfort around my “musical hearing”, so I haven’t been able to connect with Sanskrit in an audible way. I have to hear the letters over and over to even try to understand what sounds they’re supposed to make.
But instead of stressing about it and forcing it, I’m trusting that with enough instruction and repetition, the universal creativity will help me get the sounds eventually.
I got rewarded in a different way. I ended up randomly writing the Sanskrit version of OM, and creativity struck! In writing form! The next morning, I woke up and couldn’t stop writing Sanskrit letters. Effortless creativity was here! Through it, I was able to connect with Sanskrit very deeply, but on a writing level, instead of the phonetic one that I’m “supposed to” connect with.
Now I’m a lot more excited to keep learning Sanskrit. Which I wouldn’t have been if I focused on forcing myself to connect with it phonetically, which I know I will do eventually. But I’ll let the universal creativity guide me there.
I know what you’re thinking. “How does she get anything done?!!” One thing to realize is that living effortless creativity depends on the moment. At night, I might feel very blocked in answering a simple email. But the next morning, all refreshed, the answer just flows through me. So if you don’t want to get a task done right now, don’t do it. Do it when you feel like it. And if you keep putting it off and off and off and keep not wanting to do it. Question it. Do you really need to do it? You might surprise yourself with a creative no.
In a society where we’re surrounded by “no pain, no gain” slogans at work, at the gym, at home, it’s amazingly refreshing to step back from that, listen to my internal voice, and only complete work through contentment.