Debilitating creative block started my journey toward Human Design.
As a writer and a filmmaker (and, let’s be honest, a 3/5 do-everything-the-wrong-way-first Projector) I’ve always been fascinated by the how of creating. Not craft, but process. To me, craft was always the knowable part of creating. What I wanted to get to the bottom of was the nuts and bolts of the process of creating-- bringing something from non-existence into being. The science of creativity. I always had a sense that there was something more beneath the surface. Something that could help creatives better understand their processes. I listened obsessively to any podcast I could find where an author talked about their process: their schedule, their routine, the way they got ideas. I catalogued and categorized any patterns I saw. I attempted to type authors with MBTI to see what patterns and parallels emerged and if there was anything to be learned from those categorizations. I was obsessed, but it was just a hobby. I was busy focusing on writing my own projects. Until suddenly, I wasn’t.
My experience with writer's block led me to question everything I thought I knew about creative process. I realized that myself and others were trying to navigate creativity in the same way we navigate careers dealing with the external world, when, in fact, creative process relies on the inner world in a way that's entirely unique. Redefining creativity as one's relationship to one's inner world, or mind, led me to interrogating exactly what I understood about the mind.
"Our entire concept of “the mind” needs to be expanded considerably. The mind can no longer be thought of as being confined to the brain or the intellect; it exists in every cell in our bodies."
-Dr. Candace Pert
Creative process relies on the mind like no other kind of work. But what is the mind? As ancient science has long told us and modern science is beginning to prove, the mind is located throughout the body. So in essence, whether you are painting, acting or writing, you are creating with your body. But how do we work with the intelligence of the body? It can feel completely terrifying and unknowable as it's outside of the realm of our conscious intelligence. But learning to work with our somatic intelligence can transform a creative process from one defined by uncertainty and fear, to one defined by understanding and trust.
Human Design provides the map to reconnecting with your body's intelligence. It's a system for understanding the way each of us individually processes energy and information on an embodied and intellectual level. It gives us tools for the integration of the subconscious and conscious elements of self and how they can work in harmony. When applied to creative process, it can help us understand our subconscious patterns and blocks, the conditioning that may be getting in the way of creating, and ultimately the most efficient and effective way to create.