One year ago I was working with this great book of Julia Cameron: The Artist’s Way. She wrote it about 20 years ago already, and it’s still used by many authors. In all my 18 years in the live music business I’ve never heard of it. Are there musicians working with this method? Do you know?
Anyway, I’ll start to write about all the 12 aspects of unblocking your creativity. It starts with gaining a sense of safety. Safety has a lot do to with support. Are you getting the support you need from your family and friends? Do they support you, even if you are just ‘playing’ with your art? That playful attitude is very important. And you need to feel safe in order to explore.
It’s like dis-covering the child in yourself again. Or as Julia Cameron puts it: “Your artist is a child. Find and protect that child.”
Be kind to yourself, look for the safety you need in order to play a bit and to discover the child in you again. As artist, you can’t be wrong. Every step you take is of use, even if you think that it looks/sounds crap. You will learn from it.
“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” (Joseph Chilton Pearce)
And most important: don’t judge your early steps in art, everyone famous artist had to start from the scratch, with some horrible mistakes. And if you remember all the times people have discouraged you in your art, try to pass these feelings by exploring your art playfully and gentle. Without the pressure of getting judged, of having to compete, of having to perform perfectly, you can create this necessary feeling of safety for yourself. And you can start today 🙂