“We will never create anything more powerful or significant than our lives.” - Erwin Raphael McManus
More often than not, we see creativity in very black and white terms. There are the creatives and the not creatives. Typically after a failed elementary school art project, we are convinced that creativity is not a gift we personally possess and spend the rest of life simply admiring the works of those who do.
The problem is that we see creativity in too narrow a framework and sell ourselves short on what makes us truly creative. The act of creating is not limited to what you can put on a canvas or the melodies you bring in song. True creativity is bringing something to life out of a passion and inspiration within you.
If we all agree creativity is born out of passion and inspiration, then we would find that all beings possess creative abilities. The element that separates creatives and the not creatives is not creative ability but rather the “discipline.” Creativity, like every noble pursuit, must be worked for and refined through failure and change. Whether you create business plans or a sculpture, you are a creator and it is your task to make whatever passion is within you a discipline so you may contribute great things to the world.
“Inspiration exists but it better find you working.” - Pablo Picasso
When we are inspired by a work of art or social change, we wonder how one person could make something so soul evoking. What we don’t see is the years of work, sacrifice and discipline it took to create this final product. The struggle is, how do we continue a creative discipline when inspiration is lacking?
It is important to allow time for free creative expression to renew your passion and make room for new ideas. Floating provides a space stripped of senses and distractions to let inspiration flow freely. Many have heard songs and melodies or seen images and colors while floating and use the therapy as a disciplined place of creative relaxation and exploration.
Floating provides you with 90 minutes of uninterrupted creative time. When did you last find yourself completely free of any distractions?
Tips for Creative Floating:
Go in with the intention of finding inspiration - make this a time to find rest and rejuvenation but still be disciplined to seek your creativity.
Start with meditation - focus on your breath and calm your mind. The objective is not to clear your mind entirely but to relax and give into the float experience so your mind will be open
to new ideas.
Introduce the concept you wish to explore - let your mind drift and wander wherever it wants to go. This time should not be too heavily controlled but if you find yourself far off topic, simply go back to your breath and try again.
Journal any creative breakthroughs - we have a post-float room at Lucidity which you are welcome to use to process your experience and record any ideas which may have surfaced during your session.
Float Regularly - make floating a part of your creative routine. Keep in mind that you are essentially training your brain to enter a state of “flow” and it gets easier the more you float!