There is a well-known addage: G-d answers all prayers, but sometimes the answer is “no”. As artists, we are driven to engage in the creative process. Sometimes, however, we get stuck.
There are a lot reasons why we may be stuck. We may be distracted by mundane life issues. Physical or mental health may be a problem. Sometimes the reason can be spiritual. It may be useful to remember that we are not creating in a vacuum. We are part of a larger Creative Force, a larger process. We are special partners with the Creator Himself.
Sometimes the source of our creative block or our struggle with a technical issue lies within us. But sometimes it is simply the Creator saying “no.” When the Creator says “no,” it is because we have either turned down the wrong path or we need to take a temporary detour off of the main road.
If you suspect that there is this spiritual block occurring, it is time for a little stocktaking. Did you recently make a creative decision in a hurry? Did you compromise in order to save time or effort? If you are stuck on a technical problem – have you dug deep enough into the necessary background learning to establish a satisfactory foundation for building a technical solution ? You might ask yourself if you are focusing on the right project at this time.
Sometimes our Composer of Music for Art is working on building the website. Sometimes she is busy composing music. Sometimes she is busy marketing her business. When she suspects that there is spiritual resistance to progress in her current efforts, she shifts into a slower gear with the current project. If she is still stuck, she puts aside the project and delves into related learning.
With respect to learning, there is a Chinese adage that is helpful. “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” In other words, when we have truly committed to learning a thing, and when we are prepared to take whatever time necessary and put in whatever effort is necessary to achieve the learning, then the resources will, almost magically, become available to us. Your internet search will be productive. You will find yourself in conversation with an “expert”. Or you will simply stumble, somehow, on an answer.
If your learning is not progressing smoothly, then you might consider shifting gears into another creative effort. For our Composer of Music for Art, this might mean putting aside her work on the website to focus on some composition.
If creative work is still stalling – the spiritual solution might be delving more deeply into your mundane routines – find some meaning and satisfaction in your well-cultivated ability to cope with the demands of everyday existence. And beyond this, take time to further cultivate relationships and do a little self-nurturing. Perhaps it is a good idea to review all the blessings, the good fortune in your life. Perhaps it is a time to give back in whatever ways work for you – to be helpful to someone, to write a few checks to charity.
Each day has a gift for you. There is an aspect of your life available to you where the low hanging fruit is abundant. Search out that low hanging fruit. You will feel better, more confident, more certain of your ability to regroup and conquer the hard problems you are facing in creative work. You will put yourself into a beautiful state of relaxation and joy, fully prepared to march forward in your projects.