Creatives, Creativists and Sigmund Freud

Going creative is about getting in flow, inducing the create state, accessing those parts of your mind that are beyond thought and talking, beyond feeling and doing.

A century ago, Sigmund Freud gave us a framework for understanding how to do this.

At the time artists like James Joyce and Virgina Woolf  feared that Freudian theories would eradicate creativity by exposing its roots in the mind, taking away the mystery.

Actually, we can see that the opposite has happened. The mystery remains. As with every big concept, the more we know, the more we know we don't know.

The conscious, subconscious and unconscious give us a way to talk about the mind that would otherwise be impossible.

Three Levels of Creative Mind

As conscious creators, it is useful for us to think of the mind as having three levels:

  • The conscious mind holds the thoughts, feelings, impulses, memories and physical processes that are within our awareness and control. Our conventional, worldly, surface, thinking and feeling mind
  • The unconscious mind: the vast reservoir of thoughts, feelings, impulses, memories and physical processes that that lies beyond our conscious awareness or control.
  • The subconscious is the liminal area between the two, a bridge, a channel, a connector. our creative, otherworldly, deep, sensing and imagining.

More on the creative use of the conscious, subconscious and unconscious over the coming days.