Re: Gain Confidence Thru Your Creative Self
As a Jungian, I may quibble with the terminology, but the article captures the essential dialogue between parts of our psyche that lead to genuine creative expression. Many writers describe the feeling of simply "taking dictation" when writing. The source is unknown or, more accurately, unconscious. Yet, and this seems obvious but still hard to grasp, the unconscious IS conscious. When you look in a mirror and talk to yourself, the unconscious is listening. Furthermore, it is the case that the Ego is often the enemy of creativity; the Ego is all about control, planning, and maintaining a persona or image. If you are writing, the Ego wants the writing to be nice, clever, intelligent or whatever qualities make the Ego look better. This is anathema to creativity.
I've personified my creative self as a two-year old child for many years. You can't force a two year old to perform, you can't beat it into submission without killing it (sorry for the strong image) etc. This inner child (and Jungian James Hollis says we all have not just an inner child, but an inner Kindergarten!) needs to be nurtured, protected, and invited to play.
In any case, I enjoyed and appreciated your article.