We all face the Inner Critic, that voice that tells us weâ€™re too clumsy to dance, too tone deaf to sing, too immature to write, and so forth. The Inner Critic has an opinion about more than just your creations: itâ€™s the same voice that tells us weâ€™re not good or talented enough to follow our dreams.
Was there a dream you had before life became so formed? What did you desire, when you were uninhibited and still thought anything was possible? Was there a moment when you were told you could not do something? Perhaps someone told you that you could not draw a straight line or to stay between the lines as you colored. Perhaps someone told you that you were too ugly or clumsy to dance, that you could not sing on key or play piano, or that you were lazy and did not practice enough.
Now is the time in your life to tell the Critic to take a rest and let you be who you are. This is a crucial step to creativity in general, basic in the art and healing process â€” a judgment-free, loving, and supportive process. You do it to heal yourself, others, and the earth, and this is what makes it truly beautiful.
Excerpted from the article:
It’s Time to Meet Your Inner Artist & Release Your Inner Critic
by Michael Samuels, MD and Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD.
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