Do you ever notice that creativity has a cycle…like in nature? Sometimes it is within moments, or days. Sometimes it is much longer. The gentle nurturing of the creative self means taking a look at this cycle of creativity. And taking time and energy needed to nurture the cycle.
This cycle starts for me as a wonderful new idea, goes into a million directions, gets put out into the world in some form. Then, the idea is released, or let go moves into a meditative time to nurture and incubate….to return once again to the start of the cycle.
The cycle of creativity looks like this to me when compared to the natural cycles of the earth:
Growth (building and creating on that idea)
Blossom (the idea takes a form)
Decline (the idea is completed in a form, and sent out)
Death (the idea is gone, separated from the creator)
Incubation (a new idea is preparing to arise)
Observing the creative cycle in my own work has given me some valuable insights.
Much of my creating is inspired by nature. Nature brings me peace, and healing. It is important for me to share this joy with others through a variety of means. Sometimes I write, sometimes I draw or paint, dance, sing, create melodies or act out the drama. I enjoy reflecting on the cycles of the universe and our earth through my work.
What type of “creating” fits into this cycle for you?
After I observe the creative cycle in my own life, I begin to notice the cycles within the cycles. Here is what I mean:
To me, whether the work is seen by another in the beginning stages of the cycle of creativity does not really matter. It is in working within the cycle itself that is important.
So, I find that I cycle around by getting the “seed” idea, growing the seed idea, getting the seed idea to blossom…then, many times the idea declines and death appears before I actually share my creative work with anyone else.
That is alright. They process of the creative cycle is endless… round like a seed full of life.
I can get lost in the re-creating of the beauty I see and experience in nature.
One of the consequences of creating is getting lost in an idea and not knowing when to stop. Have you ever had that happen? You are creating and creating and it is just not quite the way you want it? Then, cycle goes round and round and you have to jump off and just call it DONE! This creating is usually full of energy and inspiration. It can also be overwhelming…but is always exhilarating!
I can internally analyze my creative ideas and they can become overwhelming. At these times, I feel that my creative ideas are “incubating”. Running around, piling up, too many…too much! I need to take time to acknowledge them. Put them in a safe place to bring out later, when the time may be just right…the ground more fertile.
Occasionally, creating feels wonderful at the start, but it sometimes brings change or disruption which can be difficult and a bit scary.
Emotions and past events are revealed when we create. Whether it is the “nasty” voice inside your head, real words that were spoken to you that were difficult to hear, or you tap into a subconscious thought which may or may not be articulated any other way but through creating.
This can cause us to shut down…a form of declining, or death. It can also bring in wonderful ideas for creating that lead to finished work. The fulfillment of getting the creation outside of ourselves leaves a new space to be filled. Death of an idea that is now ready to be shared with the world. We can move on to a new creative endeavor….using the dried and dusty remains to create anew.
There are many ways the creative cycle plays out. I have given a few examples based on my observations. I wonder what you think. How do you keep your creative cycle flowing and spiraling?