Jung refers to the ego as ”inflated consciousness, hypnotized by itself” it can also be described as a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance. The creative process can often be inhibited by ego through judgments about others or even our self and limit our effectiveness as an artist. We need to be careful not to make the mistake thinking there are standards we need to meet to find our place in the universal hierarchy of artistic expression.
A lot of artists fight ego thinking their artistic dreams are ego driven and they need to overcome this limited thinking process to live an artistic way, creativity exists in a potential to explore life within and outside ourselves. Ego is a judgment of how things should be and can thwart the creative process and limit awareness of potential and possibilities.
Art in it’s many platforms is the interface between technique and the freedom to express, once form has been mastered its the ability to create within the form.
A childlike spontaneity is the magic you must seek to inject into the creative process, it’s an innocence that is aware of ego and judgments but the space that comes after that allows experiential expression.
Ekhart Tolle says, “Any mind activity is much more likely to be beneficial and to be creative if it’s preceded by presence and stillness.”
For this reason I encourage meditative approach to creation, learning these techniques gives you a practical way to abandon pre-conceived ideas and foster universal love or a neutral condition that let’s the creative express freely truth into being.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihaly who gave us the theory of Flow writes, “To prevent its annihilation, the ego forces us to be constantly on the watch for anything that might threaten the symbols on which it relies [for identity]. Our view of the world becomes polarized into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ things that support the image of the self and those that threaten it. This is how the third veil of Maya works: it distorts reality so as to make it congruent with the needs of the ego.” [from book: “The Evolving Self”]
Making your brain quieten for the creative process to evolve is beneficial and abandoning ego in an attempt to develop something new is challenging, in a group more so. We tend to want to make people comfortable but being ok with all feelings and thoughts gives creatives a more pure platform for ‘form’ to emerge.