In another article I talked about the importance of having a sacred space to practice meditation and spiritual development… whatever that means to you.
A space is made sacred in that it is protected from distractions and un-cluttered of things that do not relate to the objective of your intent. The goal of this is to promote a state of deep concentration.
This concept has practical application for your other projects as well.
Getting Into The Flow
Creativity is a mode of mind that occurs naturally when one maintains deep concentration in pursuit of some creative endeavor.
Creativity is not something you have as a talent; it is a way of operating.
Artists often relate the phenomenon of being totally absorbed in a project as working in the flow.
When you are in the flow, art becomes playful and creativity occurs effortlessly.
You lose sense of time passing and are quite surprised at how much has gone by when you finally break.
You are no longer trying to create something. You are ‘letting go’ of the controls and ‘getting out of your own way’ as the natural expression of yourself flows uninhibited.
In this state, the conscious mind gives way to the unconscious.
Your greatest treasures emerge from the depths.
Boundaries of Time and Space
Getting to your flow point is simply a matter of building the mind’s momentum in one direction, towards your project.
Some people can switch it on at will, but it will take the rest of us at least a half-hour of uninterrupted focus to get that momentum going. Sometimes much more than that.
Back to the premise – your working environment has a major impact on reaching this flow point in creativity and productivity.
If you can produce meaningful work while sitting at a busy coffeeshop, god bless you. But I still think you’d be better off in a quiet space if you gave it a chance!
This idea may seem obvious in the common sense, like going to the library to study instead of your dorm.
But imagine securing a dedicated space where nothing beyond your project is in the room, nor within your field of view nor within earshot. It’s just you and the canvas, guitar or keyboard.
A space that is completely silent and serene.
A space protected from all disturbance.
Where nothing happens beyond the scope of your project; no phone, no food, no girlfriend, no entertainment, no surfing the web.
You set a timer and until that bell sounds you are totally absorbed. You don’t think about time because the timer is doing that for you.
With nothing to break your concentration now, you find yourself getting into the flow very quickly.
And you are deeper in the flow than you’ve ever been.
Like a patient surfer you’ve caught a perfect wave and want to ride it out.
After 30, 60, 90 days of consistent practice in your dedicated space, your mind has firmly anchored the connection between the physical space and the mental space you’ve crystallized while working inside it.
The subliminal cues of your flow state come oozing from the walls.
Beginning your practice was always the hardest part.
You had to fight your way uphill to concentrate as the phantoms of the day lingered about.
But now, you step into your sacred space and arrive at your flow point instantly.
By controlling your physical space, you have mastered your mindset.
“Creativity is not a talent, it is a mode of operating.”
Note: I could hardly express this idea better than John Cleese does in this video. Typically I don’t have the patience for vids this long (36 min), but this is a gem. Highly recommended.