Who is on the plum tree?
Dear Doctor!!! Inertia! What is it? And how do I cure it?
“Here I am, Now I’m gone,” says the little cursor as it flickers on and off. It blinks, waits, and makes us feel useless…
Blank pages remonstrate ~ we haven’t come up with anything yet. We make a beginning, but the thread leads nowhere. We write something but quickly delete it ~ “not good enough,” says the gremlin voice within.
We fall into soporific musing rather than writing.
This is inertia ~ impossible now to find the thread of a beginning. Writer’s block serves as a metaphor that serves many of the things we’d like to do, but don’t.
Inertia, like everything else, has something to teach us. It tells us we should stop forcing the idea into fruition. We haven’t given it enough time to cook.
Creating is a heuristic process ~ meaning to find or discover. It involves using intuition, but that in itself is only the beginning. Just because we intuit an idea, it doesn’t mean it is ready to be given birth. It is but a half-shaped thing, tacit, unformulated – pre-verbal. The idea has yet to be structured. The flesh must live on the bones. Give it time to cook into a new creative synthesis ~ that alchemical transformation born of tacit knowledge, experience, learning, research, passion and desire ~ and you, uniquely being you!
The Initial Engagement with an idea demands that we are wide open in surrender to the idea. We move Will out of the way. Using the will to make something happen prematurely dominates Psyche, causing her to close. She feels threatened by our sudden onslaught, our demand. First, she must inhale before she is able to express. The will engages a different part of the functioning mind. We enter ‘Doing’ rather than ‘Being’ mode. Rather than Psyche having permission to stream unfettered, we enter into a painful conflict. The, should-I-do-this-should-I-do-that, gremlins rise from the unconscious to rob us of creativity and spontaneity. Psyche freezes into a passive and congested state. Psyche becomes inert.
When in conflict, the tendency is to hammer addictively at the idea, as though we were blacksmiths forging something from steel. A good blacksmith, however, prepares his material. He heats it first in the fires of alchemy until it is ready for shaping. Likewise, an idea needs to be prepared and to cook into something that serves intended purpose.
Psyche cannot be forced. A direct assault never works. Psyche delivers in her own time. Sometimes, all we can do is walk away from the blinking, blind cursor that cannot yet see the words. Trust Psyche. She will deliver when ready!
And always do your research ~ sometimes we just don’t know enough about what we are attempting. We are not yet at the point along the road that intersects with another junction ~ not yet at the meeting point where the idea encounters the way in which it can be born.
(c) Niamh Clune