If you’re having a hard time getting creative with your writing I totally get it. Standing out in a crowd can feel like it’s becoming more + more difficult in today’s world. There’s so much information out there already + falling into the “it’s all been done already” mantra can happen to all of us.
But I have good news for you, because you can flip all of those thoughts to work for you, not against you. The truth is with so much information out there getting creative has never been easier.
This month’s theme is all about releasing creative blocks using your mind, body + writing from the soul.
Today my dear friend Tarnie Fulloon, a body-centered coach, will show you how to hit the reset button in your body (+ self) by using her simple tools to release creative blocks.
SG: Why do you, + other people, struggle to be creative?
TF: Like most people, I struggled with (+ actually had no awareness of) my creativity, because I lived so much in my mind. I grew up believing I was not creative + lived from a very logical, practical + responsible place. The creative part of me was not fostered + I judged it as not important or not valued.
I see it again + again with my clients + people I come in contact with, they live out of their over-responsible, sensible, pleaser self. Along with the underlying critical + judgmental self, who is always comparing to others + often running the show, they have lost sight of the path to finding their creative self.
This means a whole part of a person is cut off from themselves, leading to a struggle to “be” creative because they are always “doing” + pushing (from the mind).
I have found creativity is also birthed out of a relationship with the body + when you live in your mind alone, it is “driving the bus” so to speak, then there is no access to the body + no connection to the creative self.
Fear is a big component of this, mostly because people want to be the good person, not be judged, be accepted, not “be different”. There is fear that the expression of the creative self will isolate them, +/or they won’t fit in, + they will end up alone.
SG: How have you struggled with creative blocks in the past?
TF: Up until I was in my 30s I did not believe I had any creativity. I was told by my family I was the “math + science girl” so don’t even think creatively. This was reinforced by my then husband + I held a strong deep belief that I was not a creative person.
I felt it was not possible for me to be musical, draw, write, sing, dance, express myself verbally, to be a speaker, so I kept a big lid on it all.
I have had to face my demons in the past as I opened up to my creativity. It was not an easy journey, but one worth taking. As I have opened up many areas of my creativity it has become a vital + necessary part of my life.
It not only feeds my creative expression (writing, dancing, speaking) I now have access to my intuition, to my Inner Source + to a deep appreciation of being guided + supported from a non linear place.
I can allow for unimaginable possibilities + as a consequence magical things happen in my life. I feel divinely guided often + it takes the pressure off me to “have to do everything myself.”
The key for me was finding a relationship with my body, which helped me tremendously to move past my blocks. It is truly miraculous to have worked through those places where I felt stuck + be able to call myself creative!
SG: What’s one simple practice readers can do right away at home to release creative blocks?
TF: My favorite practice that gets me out of my creative block is to put on music + do free form movement, from slow deep fluid movement to fast shaking movement. It works every time, without fail.
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SG: Thank you deeply Tarnie for teaching us how to release creative blocks while giving our body + self the best tools to move through the world.
Now we want to hear from you. Have you used any of the above methods to release your own creative blocks? Or maybe you have something you use to release creative blocks? We would love to hear about it in the comments below.
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i know it’s creative and everything but i just can’t deal with all the plusses in your writing. i guess you could say i’m nonplussed, literally.
this is not math; why are you using a math symbol? is there something wrong with the &? or with writing the word plus?
Haha, yes the + is my style and preference for this site. This is my online home, so I get to style it any way I like. Sidenote: I love the word ampersand, but I’m not too much of a fan of the & symbol.
oh, yes, you totally get to do it however you want to. but i was curious about the choice. so if ‘&’ is out for you, what’s wrong with ‘and’? or do you just prefer +? cuz every time i read it, i hear the word ‘plus’ in my head and it’s like nails on a chalkboard.
You nailed it on the first round. I like that it’s creative + playful. In my head it could read as and or +. Thought of you today when I saw this: http://www.collegehumor.com/post/6872071/8-new-and-necessary-punctuation-marks?utm_content=buffer9e5a0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer .. Enjoy- Happy Friday (depending on where you are in the world)!
I really enjoyed reading this and can very much relate to my creative abilities being suppressed in my younger years. When I decided to go to college, I found I had talents in Art, photography and writing. I found interests in psychology and art history, it was like a reunion of my lost creative “self”, and I had a great time of self discovery. Something else you said that stands out to me is being in my head most of the time, and sort of disconnected from my body. I never even realized that until now! Thank you Sarah and Tarnie, this was very inspirational for me and has given me a few new tools to use for those dreaded creative blocks!
Nice, Teri! I love that you found your talents in your college years, since that’s such a great time to explore how you want to move through the world. I’ve always had a creative streak running through my life and a supportive family to nudge me to dive deeper into my creativity. But I have never taken that for granted and your story reminds me that we are all fortunate to be able to nurture our creativity.
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