Allowing Creativity to Flow

By Margaret Paul, PhD | Posted 1/29/06 | Updated 5/19/23

We are all creative, yet some people seem to just flow with their creativity while others feel blocked. What blocks creativity and what allows the flow of creativity?

What Blocks Creativity?

It is the mind that blocks creativity. The mind is filled with fears and limiting beliefs that cause us to freeze up, such as:

  • I'm not creative.
  • This time I will not be able to come up with anything.
  • I had better not fail.
  • I don't want to make a fool of myself.
  • I don't want to look stupid.

The moment the mind starts in with its fears and beliefs, we get blocked. Nothing comes as we stare at our blank computer screen or at a blank sheet of paper, or a blank canvas or a lump of clay. We end up confirming the fears and beliefs of our mind when we stay locked into our mind.

The mind is arrogant enough to believe that it is the source of creativity, but creativity does not come from the mind. Our creativity actually comes THROUGH us rather than FROM US.

The Source of Creativity

What allows creativity to flow?

Surrendering to our Source.

Imagine that each of us is surrounded by spiritual beings or energies just waiting for us to open up to so they can pour ideas into us. Imagine that we each have our own special guardian angels that are here to bring us our own special creativity.

Even if you don't believe that these beings are here, it won't hurt you to try opening and surrendering and seeing what happens. For me, this experience has been profound.

I used to struggle to write an article every three months, and now I easily write two articles a week. Each week, a couple of titles pop into my mind. When I sit down to write, I open to my spiritual Guidance and say, "Okay, I've shown up here. Now it is up to you." I let go, moving out of my mind and into surrender. The words always come. Most of the time, I'm not even aware of what I'm writing until I go back and read it! It's a very fun way to write!

I'm also a painter and a potter. Years ago, when I needed to be creative for grades at U.C.L.A., it was always so hard. When I HAD to do well, I would often get blocked and frustrated.

Now, I do the same thing as when I write. I let go. I surrender my mind to my higher Self — my wise Self, my creative Self. As the ideas flow through me and manifest in paint or clay, I feel great joy. Instead of my mind worrying about how it will turn out, my mind now joins me and says, "This is what I call fun!"

If you have never done anything creative, I want to encourage you to try and see what happens when you relax and surrender to your creative Self. Not only is it great fun, it is also filling and rejuvenating. When you allow your creativity to flow, you will find that you are clearer in other areas of your life. It centers you, moving you out of the ruminations of your mind and into the clarity and truth of Spirit.

I no longer believe that creative time is a luxury. It is a necessity — a time to de-escalate from the stress of life. A time to get filled within. A time to have fun. A time to be in peace.

©2006 by Margaret Paul, PhD. All rights reserved.

Margaret PaulMargaret Paul, PhD, is a noted public speaker, best-selling author, workshop leader, and Inner Bonding facilitator. ...