Creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel says “When you free neurons from their usual grip on small thoughts — ten worries, fifteen errands, and so on — and get to reclaim them.. you experience a ‘pregnant emptiness’ which is actually your whole mind, now recovered, readying itself to create.”
He adds, “The ‘quieting’ serves the ‘exploding’ of the creative encounter that follows.
“You want enthusiasm, passion, love, curiosity, interest, and so on to inform your work and to exist right in the moment, in the performance moment or the creative moment, while at the same reducing (or eliminating) your fears, worries, anxieties, and so on.
“Creating is not an energy-neutral state: it is a high energy state, with, at its healthiest, enthusiasm and not anxiety driving its engine.”
From our text interview: Ten Zen Seconds for Purpose, Power and Calm.
Related books by Eric Maisel, PhD:
This book has been expanded into a course – see excerpt below.
Also see articles:
As highly sensitive people, we may experience many positive aspects of the personality trait, such as being more creative. But we can also be more reactive and vulnerable to stress and anxiety.
There are many varieties of stress, fatigue, worry, trauma, unhealthy self-regard and other anxiety-related experiences that can impact our lives and creative expression.
Taking steps for self-care is important for anyone, but especially when you are highly sensitive or creative.
Below are a variety of perspectives and resources from psychologists, coaches and authors that can help you support healthy levels of energy and deal better with stress and anxiety, and perhaps other emotional health challenges.
Highly sensitive but anxious [on my Anxiety Relief Solutions site]
Related articles on meditation and emotional health
Meditation for Emotional Health and Creativity
“Mindfulness meditation can have benefits for health and performance, including improved immune function, reduced blood pressure and enhanced cognitive function.”
Also see quotes by Anderson Cooper, Kate Hudson, Moby, creativity author and teacher Orna Ross, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman and others.
Biofeedback and Wearable Tech for Stress, Meditation and Fitness
Biofeedback and neurosignaling devices can support physical and emotional health by helping you meditate, relax more deeply, relieve anxiety and stress, and enhance focus for creative work.
Eric Maisel, PhD is author of more than 50 books, and provides multiple programs on creativity, the creative life, and creative business success.
Here is a brief excerpt from one of his classes –
A New Look at Overcoming Creative Anxiety
“In order to create and to deal with all the anxiety that comes with creating, you must acknowledge and accept that anxiety is part of the process, demand of yourself that you will learn—and really practice–anxiety management skills so that you are equal to mastering the anxiety that arises, and get on with your creating and your anxiety management.
“It is too big a shame not to create if creating is what you long to do and there is no reason for you not to create if “all” that is standing in the way is your quite human, very ordinary experience of anxiety.
“The thing to do is to become an anxiety expert and get on with your creating!”
Learn more about this class and his other programs at: