Spontaneous creation comes from our deepest being and is immaculately and originally ourselves. What we have to express is already with us, is us, so the work of creativity is not a matter of making the material come, but of unblocking the obstacles to its natural flow. ~Stephen Nachmanovitch, from Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts (p. 10)
I adore this book, maybe because I need it so much. If you are fascinated by the creative process, as I am, don’t miss the elegant prose of Nachmanovitch. Unblocking the obstacles to natural flow has certainly been the work of my life so far, and I don’t feel as though I’ve made much progress. The moments when I do feel the flow are the moments I am truly alive. And those moments sometimes appear in the unlikeliest times and places. How do you play? How do you unblock the obstacles to your creativity?