Using Emotion as Creative Expression

Emotions are not meant to rule over us

A huge mistake I believe Creatives make is trying to force themselves to feel something because they know their emotions are a great source of inspiration. Too often I hear artists say they only create well when they are suffering, then they purposefully sabotage themselves to get to a place where they can create out of their turmoil. In the opposite sense, there are many Creatives who avoid confrontation or their own grief because they don’t want to feel ‘depressed’ and have their emotions become a stumbling block. It’s all BALONEY. Life is complicated and you will experience a wide variety of events that will make you feel a full spectrum of emotions. You do not have to live in one emotional state to create something valuable. The best art is art that contains truth. If you create better art when you’re sad, it’s because you’re most comfortable expressing the truth of your sadness. Some emotions may be hard to process and therefore difficult to employ truthfully. To be a rounded Creative, you need to cultivate the truth of everything you feel not just what comes easily.

Emotions are an indicator of an underlying, existing core belief

“Emotions are indicators of something else..” Carol W Bearman, MD. You feel anger and betrayal when not invited to the party because you believe that if you’re friends with someone, they should include you and consider your feelings. You feel excitement and joy when going to a concert because you believe that music and integrated experiences are enjoyable. Somewhere along the way, you have identified a truth and it has created a construct of belief. When something happens to you and it either aligns with or disrupts that belief, emotions are emitted. Sometimes it takes a while to process what you feel in order to identify the part of your belief system that was affected.

Emotions can be the greatest asset to our creativity

Processing our emotions and identifying our core beliefs can lead to empathy. An empathetic person is relatable. When you create from a place of empathy - whether the emotion is generally viewed as positive or negative - you are able to offer the world a form of connection. Ultimately, the greatest purpose of creativity is connection.

Ashlee Wright