You have all these creative ideas sparkling in your mind. Sometimes, something quite miraculous happens… Suddenly, these ideas find a way to connect to your creative skills, your heart, and your inspiration. In that moment, you let your ideas flow to find their place and your art comes to life.
Now, you are fully present with your art, and nothing else can get your attention. It feels right, it feels timeless, it feels like you are meant to be there…
How beautiful and complete this creative experience feels!
This is your emotional creative space. When you’re there, there is no doubt that you are in the right place. You know you are. It’s like you’re at home with your creativity. You know who you are as a creative and you know what you create. This knowing is not based on logic, it’s a knowing that comes from your heart, intuition, and mind.
When you’re in your emotional creative space, nothing can stop you from being connected with your raw emotions, imagination, and ideas. You’re grounded in your talents. Not knowing what you’ll create becomes a part of the creative journey. All you want is to express, play, and see where it all takes you. Despite fears, doubts, or insecurities, your curiosity drives you forward. Your focus is on discovering your art, rather than on proving anything. You create with everything that you are.
You feel so clean, strong, and connected with what you create that you have no fear to bringing your art into the world. Not because you think it will be received with universal praise or accolades, but because you know why you created and what you created. In that emotional space, you trust that your art it will speak to someone and it will be found by those who need to find it.
And yet, you don’t always feel at home with your emotional creative space and your creativity.
As much as your emotional creative space does for you, and how much you love being there, it’s quite impossible to be in that place forever. So many factors come together to take you and keep you in that special creative space. At the same time, so many things can go off to distract you and pull you away from “home.”
So, not only do you have to accept that you will not be in this safe, flowing creative space at all the times, but, you also need to be “OK” with not being there. In being “OK” with not feeling at home with your creativity, you learn how to tolerate living outside it and you learn to trust that you will find your way back home, again, and again, and again…
By wandering off and coming back, you come to understand how it feels when you truly are in your creative emotional space. You come to know how it feels to be grounded in your creative emotional space and what kind of art you create from that space. Art that is filled with your unique expression.
How can you help yourself get in touch with and stay in touch with your emotional creative space?
1. Know who you really are as an artist, which means that you are aware of your unique skills, talents, and aptitudes.
2. Know your realistic dreams, so you can put yourself fully into what you really hope to accomplish.
3. Know how to create healthy boundaries, so you can preserve your emotional creative space. This means you are clear on what you are or not willing to do to as a creative.
4. Know your soft spots. What are your fears, doubts, and insecurities that interfere with your creativity? Keep in mind that some of these soft spots operate in your unconscious. Knowing how unconscious fears, doubts, or insecurities manifest in your life as an artist, gives you the freedom to make conscious choices to face them instead of getting trapped in them.
5. Know your power spots. What takes you instantly into your creative mode? What inspires you and fills you with that creative spark and energy?
6. Know if you have any anxiety, depression, or emotional trauma, interfering with how you’re creating your art.
Once you know how to navigate the ebbs and flow of your connection with your emotional creative space, you can live more fully as an artist and connect with your audience.
If you feel like your emotional creative space is out of reach or you can’t stay present there to create your art, you might need extra support from a trained professional.
Working with a psychotherapist can help you get in touch with who you are as an artist. You can learn how to work on your goals and dreams, create your boundaries, and use your power spots. You can face your fears, doubts, insecurities and you can heal anxieties, depression, and emotional trauma that stand in the way of you creating your art. Please contact me to set up a free initial consultation.
I am Mihaela Ivan Holtz, Doctor in Clinical Psychology. I help creatives and performers with emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, performance anxiety, creative blocks, relationships, and addictions – to be and live their own best version. You can read more about Therapy for Creatives and Performers here.