"Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down."
Thinking of your creativity as a river is a nice analogy to remember, and sociologist Clarissa Pinkola Estés recommends you do just that. From her book, “Women Who Run With Wolves” she suggests taking time to actively connect and then disconnect with your river-flow of creative energy. The divine paradox of artmaking might lend itself to us if we are open to letting loose, and “letting anything come” that needs. It’s simple, grounded advice that is easy to try — just be wild, clear the river, censor nothing.