Is Fear Interfering With Your Creativity?

Human beings are naturally creative. Creativity is like a refreshing breath of life, helping us to thrive. It feeds us, making us feel energized and alive.

Do you long to be creative but feel fear bubbling up inside when you think about beginning?

Do you feel that you’re not very skilled in creating or that your creation might not be very good?

Do you feel that creativity is reserved for those who have special talents or abilities, better than yours?

The first step to moving past this fear to access your creative nature is courage. Courage to keep moving forward, to respond to your longing for creativity despite the fear.

Fear is a part of being human and probably has been with us since the beginning of time. And yet we’re in charge of how we work with our own fear, how we let it paralyze or overwhelm us or how we may take hold of it. Our external circumstances don’t actually have control over our fear. We do!

Although fear is a natural part of being human and has helped us to survive at past, living in fear continuously can rob you of experiencing joy in your life. If we let fear control us, we will always be on guard, living in survival mode. In a state of survival, there is no room for us to experience the joy that arises when we are curious, explore, discover and create. There’s no room for us to truly thrive as a human being.

In her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert shared how she speaks directly to Fear, acknowledging its presence without giving it complete control. Here is an excerpt:

“Dearest Fear:

Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously.

Apparently, your job is to induce complete panic whenever I’m about to do anything interesting – and may I say, you are superb at your job. So, by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must.

But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: 

Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way. 

…You’re allowed to have a seat, and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote. You’re not allowed to touch the road maps; you’re not allowed to suggest detours; you’re not allowed to fiddle with the temperature… 

But above all else, my dear old familiar friend, you are absolutely forbidden to drive.”

 

If you were to write a letter to Fear that interferes with your creativity, what would you say? How would you address its role, but not let it be in charge?

I invite you to get out a piece of paper and give it a try!

Interesting in devoting some time to your creative expression? Check out my upcoming FREE Masterclass: “Creativity As A Spiritual Practice” here.