Sunday, September 12, 2010
The Magic Of Incubation
Sometimes you need to get busy on a creative project and it just doesn't fly. A change in habits is one of the most creative projects you can engage in so include that along with writing a symphony, or painting a picture. The way it is supposed to work is: skill leads to action leads to good results. You know, or at least think, you have the skill. You have done everything you can to make the work flow. But somehow you aren't really ready. Even when you do all kinds of warm-ups. This is where incubation comes in. When you give your creative side, your inner self, your subconscious, your project with enough zing it will give it back to you fairly quickly in a way that will build a fire in your belly. The logical side of your brain will have been brought into the act as well. You have to hand it over to your inner self with authority, with a sense of 'I must do this and I want your help'. Don't be wimpy about it. Then go about your business, preparing and getting ready to start on your project. But when the need to get started grabs you, don't hesitate. Go for it. It has cooked long enough on your mental back burner and it's ready to go. I am in favor of schedules and being organized in one's work. But for the zing and flair to be there I think that incubation is important. Incubation is part of what brings magic into your life. Try it you might like it. May the spark be with you.