The artist can understand herself to be a conduit through which creative force (the Creator) flows (channeling). Alternatively, the artist may view himself as the actual creative force. In each case there exists a powerful drive to transform creative energy into a tangible work. The artistic personality struggles each day to tune in to these forces and energies, like a radio finding a channel’s sweet spot on the dial.
This process of tuning in creatively demands a fair amount of self knowledge. It is the knowledge of how physical, emotional, and spiritual experience impacts and informs the ability to engage creative energy and move a project along. Too little sleep, too much sleep. Too little exercise, too much exercise. Too much drink, not enough drink! Each day we can ask, “can I work today or not, given my condition?” Hopefully the answer is yes, more often than not, and the less obvious query is “what is going to work today?”
Sometimes a dullness of the brain serves to slow down the thought process and allow us to focus in on a detail for which we might not otherwise have the patience. In other words, there is a silver lining associated with your hangover!
Sometimes elation (mania), elation in a new love for example, kicks the imagination into overdrive, and our capacity to conceive, to imagine the “big picture” is enhanced.
To know how our feelings and experiences relate to our creative capacities is not the first step, of course. The first step is to be in tune with those feelings and to understand the drivers of those feelings. Why are we whistling? Why are we dragging? As we better understand and tune in to our feelings and the experiences that are driving them – we can explore more effectively what can work for us today in our creative process.