I am reading a good book called Trust the Process by Shaun McNiff. It is a book about creativity, trust, art and life. All are intertwined and many of the principles of creativity are applicable to our broader behaviors. Here are a few quotes from Trust the Process I have found accurate and/or valuable tips:
“The discipline of creation is a mix of surrender and initiative. We let go of inhibitions, which breed rigidity, and we cultivate responsiveness to what is taking shape in the immediate situation”; “Training in creativity requires the ability to relax in periods of uncertainty and to trust that the creative intelligence will find its way”; “When you think nothing is going on, something comes to you, and when you want something desperately, it’s never there. Imagination thrives on the turning of the tables, and it most successful products are often contrary to initial intentions”; “Difficulties are always the most important ingredients in the total picture of a creative experience”; “Rather than concentrating all of our attention on the problem and intensifying the resistance, or digging a deeper hole, we step aside, try something else, and see where it takes us”; “It is always hard to see that doubt, fear and indirectness are eternal aspects of the creative path” and “Experienced creators are able to step aside and relax in order to advance”.
Storm over the Alps (shown above) was painted using a good Bridgeport Witch Hunt beer from Bridgeport Brewing Company (Portland, Oregon). A general intention to paint something colorful akin to Kandinsky, de Kooning and others was followed by allowing the movement of the brushes to direct my colors without interference from thoughts, similar to some of these quotes from Trust the Process.