Today, as those who are signed up to the Go Creative weekly newsletter know, begins a new series on the blog based on the concepts in my forthcoming book, How To Create Anything. The series will show you how to select the best possible creative intention for you, at this time.
And then demonstrate through ideas, insights and exercises (yes, lots of lovely creative planners, maps and logs to fill) how to make it happen. You’ll take your intention through the seven stages of the process, from conception to completion.
If you follow the series through, you’ll take your intention through the seven stages of the process, from conception to completion.
What do you want to create? More time or more money? More home comforts or more travel? More intimacy or more community? More friends or more alone time? More fun or more meaning? A book or a baby, a pet or a pet project?
Or do you dislike this way of thinking about life in this way, finding it reductive, even crass?
No matter. Whatever way 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 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.
All these dampers on the natural processes of desire and fulfillment arise from one source: we haven’t been taught how to consciously create.
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The advice in this Go Creative blog series will be built on three central premises:
- Anyone can create anything they truly want.
- A true desire has embedded within it the power to bring itself about.
It’s a matter of tapping into the energy it generates, then taking it through a seven-stage creative process, each step of which informs what you do next.
- The same process that creates one thing creates everything.
Understanding that process means knowing how to recognize a true want within and turn it into a creative intention, then how to harness creative focus and flow with it through the seven stages of the creative process.
Once we know how to do this, we become an unstoppable force.