Creative Block

As technology continues to automate routine tasks, it’s the use of creativity that is increasingly important in many jobs and hobbies. But what happens when you creativity deserts you? When you have Creative Block? Well fear not, Hypnotherapy has been used to overcome creative blocks in many people, both famous and not famous. And as I recently discovered and Charles Bukowski (German-American Poet and Novelist) agrees, “Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”

A friend of mine is a writer and he has from time to time suffered with short periods of writers block. He tried various approaches to resolve it including working on regardless but the only thing that works for him is to rest and do something else and let his subconscious work on things.  Now this is fine if you have it for a short time, but what if you are a writer and you simply cannot write? For weeks, months, even years.

Philipp Meyer (American Writer) has a theory about it. He said, “I don’t think “writer’s block” actually exists. It’s basically insecurity — it’s your own internal critic turned up to a higher level than it’s supposed to be at that moment, because when you’re starting a work — when the page is blank, when the canvas is open — your critic has to be turned down to zero… The point is actually to get stuff on paper, just to allow yourself to kind of flow. It is only by writing that you’ll discover characters, ideas, things like this.”

Now that’s an interesting idea as it’s thought that prolonged periods of creative block has a root in the mind and is the result of a lack of confidence, burnout, stress or even depression. Fortunately, Hypnotherapy has a well-established track record in helping with all these conditions.

One famous example of Hypnotherapy overcoming creative block is Sergei Rachmaninoff (Russian Composer). The debut of his First Symphony in 1897 did not go well and he received widespread poor reviews of his work. Subsequently he suffered a prolonged period of depression and was unable to compose for three years. Then, from January to April 1900, Rachmaninoff underwent Hypnotherapy with Dr Nicolai Dahl (Russian Physician). The sessions were designed to help improve his appetite, sleep pattern, mood and rekindle his ability to compose again. The treatment was successful and so much so that Rachmaninoff dedicated his Second Symphony, completed in 1901, to Dr Dahl.

Robert Greenberg (American Composer, Pianist, and Musicologist) explored Rachmaninoff’s creative struggles in his Scandalous Overtures series.

So, if you are struggling with some form of creative block then get in touch. Hypnotherapy can help boost your creativity and can also explore the reasons for the block and resolve them.


Just because

27 August is National Just Because Day. Why? Well, just because. It’s a day to stop worrying about why and just do.

As we become adults we tend to develop routines, always doing what is expected of us or what works well for us. But on this special day those unspoken rules no longer apply. It’s a chance to be a little spontaneous. It’s also a good opportunity to spread some positivity to others. The possibilities are endless. The only thing holding you back is you.
This idea is closely related to innovation and creativity. Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ways of thinking or doing and develop new and original ideas, methods, etc. Trying new things, challenging the status que and keeping an open mind are important steps to improving your quality of life. As Henry Miller (American Author) said, “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience”.

“Just Because” activities usually stem from a “what if” train of thought. Try a new route to work, you might find a better / shorter one. That brand of coffee you have been drinking for the last ten years, perhaps try a few new ones, you might find something better. As Benny Hill (British Comedian) said, “Just because nobody complains doesn’t mean all parachutes are perfect”.

On a slightly grander scale, perhaps go on an impromptu road trip, send a message to someone you haven’t spoken to recently or surprise a friend or relative with flowers. Why? Just because.

Doing something like this could create a positive ripple effect for everyone they meet. Don’t forget to teach your friends about Just Because Day, you can encourage them to spread the good news. Be the bearer of good vibes. Doing something like this could create a positive ripple effect for everyone you meet and everyone they meet.