Today we begin a new blog series based on the concepts in my forthcoming book How To Create Anything. This book is one of three Go Creative books that will launch, together, at a special workshop event in London, on November 25th next.
As well as introducing you to some of the key Go Creative concepts, the blog series aims to get you to find something you really want to create and take it through the first four stages of the creative process.
It’s divided into three phases:
- Pre-intention phase: In which you’ll to work out what you most truly want to create. Often we don’t know. Or we’re busy making the wrong thing.
- Intention phase: In which you’ll set a clear creative intention for what you most truly DO want to create.
- Making phase: In which you’ll begin the process of making it happen.
There are lots of lovely creative maps, planners and logs to help you along, so that by following the series through, you’ll learn by doing. And not just learn how to make one thing but learn the process by which human beings make anything. The process of conscious creation.
What is it that you want to create? A book or a baby, a pet or a pet project? More time or more money? More home comforts or more travel? More intimacy or more community? Do you know? Or do you dislike this way of thinking about life in this way, finding it reductive, even crass?
No matter. However you think about it, you have things and experiences you want to create. Everyone has.
We are all, always, creating, whether we know it or not. Sometimes we create consciously, more often unconsciously.
Some of our wants and desires, like the desire to read or eat, have sex or drink a glass of water, are cyclical. They rise, are satisfied for a while, then they come round again. Just because you drank water yesterday doesn’t mean you won’t get thirsty today.
Others are one-offs; once satisfied, they’re replaced by a new desire, a different want. We finish a degree then want a job that uses it. We find a significant other, then we want a baby. We move to a new town, then we want to make friends.
Or, at least, this is how it happens when the process flows, and unfolds as it should. It’s very possible, though, to get stuck.
To want something, but fail to make it happen. To push one desire over and over, not recognizing it’s become compulsive or obsessive. To play small. To refuse to play at all. To deny that we want what we do want. To be deflected by other people’s desires, what they want of us. Or to be so removed from our dreams and desires that we don’t even know what they are.
These brakes and blocks arise from one source: we don’t know how to consciously create.
Three Core Creative Principles
The advice in this Go Creative blog series (and in the Go Creative books) is built on three central premises:
- Anyone can create anything they truly want.
Yes, anything. Because….
2. Embedded within a desire is the power to make itself happen.
It’s a matter of tapping into the energy it generates, then allowing it to be taken through a seven-stage creative process, each step of which informs the next. What stops this natural process from flowing is mental and emotional blocks. Much of learning how to go creative is first unlearning.
3. The same process that creates one thing creates everything.
Mastering that process means you know how to recognize a true want (and the essential want beneath this material desire of yours). You know how to turn it into a positive creative intention. And you know how
You know how to turn it into a positive creative intention. And you know how
And you know how to harness the creative focus you need to allow the process to unfold.
Armed with good creative principles, practices and an understanding of the process, a human being becomes an unstoppable force.
Which is why, whatever it is you want, you can do it, make it, be it.
Next Time: Go Creative Series Part 2: Why Aren’t You More Creative?
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