Your Pure Creative Mode
Most of us cannot remember the days of early childhood when we
were naturally alive in our Pure Creative State all the time. When
you are young ( the first three years of life ) you are naturally
without question in a pure creative state. Your every action is
to explore and learn to express yourself without judgement.
“Creativity - like human life itself
- begins in darkness”.
- Julia Cameron
Infants are constantly exploring and receiving new input with almost
no social restrictions on thoughts or actions. As we grow older,
we start comparing ourselves and our experiences, against that of
our peers and siblings. That’s when the trouble begins.
As we grow older and move through the school years, we become trained
to think a certain way, schedules, clocks, timetables, schoolwork,
homework, chores etc. All the tools we need to get through life.
“Creativity takes courage”.-
Another thing that happens on the road to maturity is we become
acutely aware of social pressures. We feel need to fit in, to avoid
ridicule at almost any cost, to be cool, in demand, popular. What
do you think that these social pressures do to pure creativity?
That’s right, as soon as you start second guessing yourself
based on other people’s opinions it’s over.
“Creativity involves breaking out of
established patterns in order to look at things in a different way”.
- Edward de Bono
Worse still, this fear of not producing the right ideas is undermining
all your efforts as a creative being. It’s like that feeling
of constantly looking over your shoulder, like you’re being
watched all the time. You create carefully, expecting something
bad to happen at any time. Well, something bad is happening, you
are repressing yourself. You’ve become your own worst enemy,
self editing anything that makes you feel insecure or open to the
possibility that someone out there will not like what you’re
“Living creatively is really important
to maintain throughout your life. And living creatively doesn't
mean only artistic creativity, although that's part of it. It means
being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people”.
- Matt Groening
Conditional creativity is the term I’ve given to this condition.
Once you start assessing your work against perceived view points,
you are restricting yourself. You are creating constraints to your
freedom of expression that may or may not exist.
“Without music, life would be a mistake“.-
The Pure Creative Mode is my term for unconditional creation. Don’t
censure yourself, just create, there’s plenty of time for
critcism and refinement later on, that’s when the real work
begins. Creating a song or a lyric should be FUN! Being creative
is fun, unless you are frustrated and impatient.
-by Jeff Muller
about your Pure Creative Mode