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The Flow of Creation

August 28, 2014

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Something very exciting happens when I shut my inner editor off and just write. It doesn’t happen as often as I would like it to, but when it does, there is something very different that engages – something unlike many other daily types of experiences.
I don’t imagine you would have to be a writer to experience this – I suppose any creative endeavor would produce a similar sensation.

The analyst in me wonders whether or not someday in the not so distant future (if not already) it will be determined that specific chemicals are released into when the creative process is engaged this way. It is, I imagine, something akin to the process of a runner’s high or maybe meditation, in which the body moves through something where it almost disengages from the mind and concern, worry, monitoring, critiquing or thinking no longer takes precedence, movement or ‘flow’ does.

It is a glorious thing – something I wish for all my creative-type colleagues/friends, whether they are creating something that can be marketed for profit or for one’s own personal gratification and entertainment/enjoyment.

The thought process, as we know it, stops and gives way to a miraculous burst of energy and creativity – something that is unleashed only when we get our regular thought process to take a back seat and give up control.

Perhaps that is what promotes the freeing sensation – the giving up of control and fretting that the thought process encourages. Although it is a very familiar thing, it is also terribly restricting and cumbersome.

Lets get creative

The energy that is generated in the mental process of editing (and there is an amazing amount of it) can now be devoted to output and performance. Like a gate that gets lifted, releasing a surging flow of water that has been held back and precariously kept in place, the words begin to tumble out, forming shapes and meaning across the page.

And perhaps one of the most beautiful components found in this, for me, is that the more often I am able to call upon this process, the longer it continues. The frequency does indeed impact the duration and intensity of the flow.



Here’s to the beauty and glory of the creative process. May it forever flow.

Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!


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