As a creative or as a performer your mind is inhabited by ideas, images, musical sounds, lyrics, and shades of color that come and go, like a story, a dance, a song or, or a movie…
Deeply engaged with what’s going on within, you’re often on a quest to express your inner world in your art. When inspiration flows, you live in the emotional creative space of ideas, feelings, thoughts. Your mind becomes the story, the music, the dance, the acting, the lyrics… And them, your visions must be transformed from fantasy into reality.
When you are fully present there, in your creative emotional space, your personal experiences become one with your yearnings, passion, and talents to bring to reality what you feel the world needs to see, be touched by, or transformed by.
Thus, your creative emotional space is the source of your inspiration. Yet, in this emotional space you can get trapped by some emotional pain or conflicts.
There are those times when being in touch with your creative and performing energy makes you feel engaged, connected, and alive. You feel like you need to hold on to your creative emotional space, afraid of losing touch with that source of inspiration.
Then, there are the times when you feel you have to keep yourself in the creative emotional space so you don’t have to be with what is unbearable. Not being in your creative emotional flow, can leave you feeling empty, disconnected, and alone. Or, exposed to some form of anxiety that you cannot escape.
And, also there are the times you cannot switch your emotional creative energy even if you need your time to rest from it.
Your relationship with your creative emotional space is some kind of a madness. Part of you loves and needs to be in that emotional space. Part of you wants to escape it. How can you reconcile this conflict? Do you have to live in this emotional madness to be creative?
No, you don’t have to get trapped or be afraid of leaving your creative emotional zone. You can learn emotional self-regulation.
Emotional self-regulation can help you become emotionally more whole and resilient. Emotional self-regulation allows you to explore your creative emotional space – discovering its treasures without getting lost in, controlled, or trapped by it.
Knowing how to be in touch with your creative emotional space is what makes creating and performing worth living. Explore this further on my Creativity and Creative Blocks page.
Psychotherapy is the most effective in helping creatives and performers developed emotional self-regulation.
Mihaela Ivan Hotz, Psy.D., LMFT
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