creative personality: Hanging with Mania

31 Aug

Once you get into a creative groove, a positive daily routine, you will return to the emotions and conditions of your work every day as to old friends.  And like friends, we are always hanging with some of them for a while.  Right now our Composer of Music for Art is hanging with her impetuous friend Mania.

Our Girl has occasionally experienced, shortly after commencing a new work, or returning to an old project, that she has a significant revelation about what she wants to do, or about how she can go about solving a problem.  She is quite happy when these light bulbs go on – to say the least.  In fact, her mind starts racing with optimism – full of hope and new ideas because of the solution discovered to the matter at hand.

This optimism is great in its way.  This is an amazing point in our creative process – we are firing on all cylinders, coming up with lots of fresh ideas in a very concentrated time span.  It’s a great creative space to be in but it is an intense space and needs some management.  If we don’t look objectively at this experience of intense creative productivity and revelation we can easily become overwhelmed by it, and the exultation can quickly transform to depression – for there is way more going on in our head than we are going to realize in this day’s work, or perhaps even in the work of several weeks, months, years.  We may be conceiving the next project, or the next phase of this one.

So how do we manage this blessed mania?  Well – being the cognizant artist that you are – you journal all the good ideas – putting them down on paper frees them from the mind, but you still have them.  Then you acknowledge that these flashes of creative thought may not be realized in this week’s work, or perhaps even in this particular project, or iteration of the project.  You even exhibit some impressive self-control and put the brakes on the creative thinking – return to the nuts and bolts of the matter at hand – of the technical work obviously before you.  And as you process this moment of intense creative energy, you experience some calm, and some productive strength and clarity which is the maximum potential of the present moment – you have transformed mania into powerful productive energy that you can apply right now.

Just a little more about our mutual friend Mania.  She is convinced that she is the Paraclete – the bearer of ultimate knowledge of what is true in Creation.  So she does not lack for self-esteem.  In fact, she is just a little full of herself.  Furthermore, she wants everything NOW!  Apparently Mania was a little spoiled by her parents Obsessive and Compulsive.  But she is very attractive, and very charismatic, full of energy and tells a great joke.  Nevertheless, she appreciates someone defining the limits, reading her the “riot act”, giving her a reality check.  She is into personal growth and quite receptive to positive suggestion.

So – manage Mania and she will be a great companion.  Leave her completely to her own devices – she will eat you up alive!

Spark on (carefully)


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