Very, very often I over-think things. My mind
tends to function in a highly rational manner, and I try
to analyze things very carefully and come up with logical
plans for everything that I need to do. Much more
often these days, though, I'm able to fight that tendency
and truly stop thinking, which usually proves to be a
great thing, for it allows me to feel things more deeply
and allow them to influence me rather than trying to exert
my influence over them through my thoughts.
When we come from anything that's centered on ourselves,
such as our thoughts, then our perspective is flawed--our
ego always gets in the way and disturbs our efforts to act
in a pure way that isn't simply an effort to have our will
be done. The old prayer "thy will be done"
is a wonderful expression of letting go of the need to
think through everything--it allows us to see what others
can do and simply respond to those things without trying
to make it a reflection of who we are.
It's very difficult to stop thinking sometimes. Our
ego wants to be in charge, and thought is the only method
it has to trick itself into thinking that it has that type
of control. But coming from an empty mind, we can be
truly creative because we're coming from a mental state of
nothing, from which all true creation necessarily
comes. If we come from a state of thinking, then
we'll be coming from the self, and we'll mostly be
copying, not creating.
One of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Ray
Bradbury should know about creativity. And since he
recently passed away, I'm going to take these words as his
major piece of advice to me when I want to be
creative: Don't think!