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How to Find Creative Solutions by Emptying Your Mind

I’ve always been fascinated by how creative artists describe their process. Inevitably, they talk about being in a state of open mind where the download of core creativity can happen.

I know painters who sit in front of a blank canvas staring at it and guitarists who will sit looking at the ocean, guitar at their side, waiting for an idea to appear.Actor and writer Cody Fern says that for him, setting the state to be receptive to new creative ideas looks like “silence and clearing, getting really quiet, saving the reserves of energy.” He doesn’t let himself think too much about how he might approach his work, which would distract him from what his non-rational brain is communicating to him. James Taylor said in a 2015 Hemispheres magazine interview, “Given enough empty time, the songs show up. I’ve often said that it’s an unconscious and mysterious process, my type of songwriting.

You really are just waiting to hear it, and you have to be in a place where you can receive the song, more than generate it. There’s just something about songwriting.

It’s like a musical puzzle or a math problem. When you solve it, it’s like you’re being surprise by your own subconscious in a way.

That’s an unparalleled delight.” Robbie Robertson of the Band said in the documentary Once We Were Brothers, “The creative process is a process catching you off guard. You write about what you know, where you have been, who you knew and know… Creativity comes from the womb of emptiness.” “Curiosity about life in all aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”- Leo BurnettWhat are you surrendering to when you experience a downflow of core creativity? Many people believe that ideas can come from what Carl Jung called the collective

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