The inner censor is the killer on the loose in our psyches.
How do we know it’s there?… Well we don’t to start with, but if you have tried to be consistently creative and failed to keep up stamina then it might be that, like me you suffer from a strict inner censor.
The censor is very much alive in the outer world at the moment. I won’t go into it because either you know what I’m talking about because you listen to the news and it’s not my focus here.
The inner censor is the real enemy and the outer manifestation is the proof that the energy is alive and kicking in our culture.
Why does the censor do what it does? Why does it kill the creative impulse?
Because it hates imperfection. Because it loathes chaos. Because it detests the uncontrollable.
Any time we have an idea that we just can’t do something about may be a symptom that the censor is in control. The gateway is very narrow if the censor is in command as it is a mean gatekeeper that only allows the acceptable through. It has a long list of what is acceptable, but an even longer one of that which isn’t.
In the creative life we need to channel the crap as well as the good stuff. This is for the creative zone where putting our thoughts on paper is a safety net for our fears. What we do with it afterwards is another matter but unless we can get it through the gates in the first place is a matter of re-education.
We need to gently take the censor to one side and give it a bribe.
If you let more through the gates, I promise, the quality and standard of my work will improve and increase in ways you never thought possible. Do me a favour mate and look the other way when I have a crappy idea. I can’t get to the good stuff hiding underneath unless you let this through.
The censor will probably consider this a feasible option. Just make sure you make it work for its living and don’t let it rule the roost.
You’re in charge!