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Elizabeth Gilbert on Nurturing Creativity

I found this speech particularly inspiring, and I’ve been making an effort to give my muse more elbow room ever since. What I’ve noticed is that when I say (in my head), “Okay, muse. Bring me something good,” I get an idea a few minutes later. I’m not saying it’s always a good idea, but it’s an idea.

I don’t think there’s any magic other than that I focus my intent in a productive way. Rather than kinda pretending to think about an idea, or forcing one, I state that it’s what I want. My subconscious or whatever then has a clear directive.

The alternative is sitting there thinking, “Gosh, I wish I’d get an idea one of these days.” I believe in the power of the mind, and I think how you talk to yourself is important. It helps me to think of my muse as an outside source. Like Elizabeth says, it relieves some of the pressure, insecurities, and barriers.

I suggest all creatives give it a shot. Just see what you think, then come back here and tell me how it worked (works) for you.

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