Discovering Your Creative Fire with Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

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As a creativity coach, Dr. Maisel talks about the lineage of our creativity. There is a point in our lives when we fall in love with something - a book, a painting, a piece of music, a film - and we long to be part of the lineage of that creation. This longing emboldens us to enter the path of our own creative spirit. However in the hubbub of post-modern life it is not easy to organize our day around our creative expressions. Maisel has some advice for us, “I think for a lot of artists it’s imperative that they carve out an extra hour before their real day starts to get their creative work done. That they then not scorn small increments of time during the day, if 20 minutes arises here or 20 minutes arises there, to make use of that.” He also talks about establishing a ceremonial bridge for our creative projects and advises us to notice the things that invoke an experience of meaning in our lives and also to know these activities will change as we age. He shares ideas about how to keep creativity flowing every day and to pull it from every part of ourselves, including our limitations. Further, he says that the messes and mistakes are an integral part of the process that cannot be skipped. He maintains that manifesting our creative potential requires a healthy ego structure and the humility to know that we can’t ask for great work. Rather, we have to “show up and make ourselves available to it.” (hosted by Roger Housden)


Eric Maisel, Ph.D. is a licensed family therapist, a creativity coach, and author of more than 40 books. He also conducts writing workshops and trains creativity coaches.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the difference between self-expression and creativity
  • Why we need a ceremonial bridge for our creative projects
  • What are the three definitions of creativity
  • What are some ways to keep creativity flowing
  • What is fragmentation
  • Why is scheduling regular practice important to the creative process
  • How do you move from seeking meaning to making meaning
  • What is meant by the “menu of possibilities”
  • How do we detach from our work
  • What is the creative process and why is it important
  • What is a “healthy ego structure”
  • How do we use existing ideas as inspiration
  • What is divergent thinking

Host: Roger Housden      Interview Date: 1/15/2015      Program Number: 3531

Music Playlist

From Album: In Stride
Artist: Oregon
2010 Cam Jazz #PRM7830-2

Opening Essay: Track 02 As She Sleeps
Music Break 1: Track 02 As She Sleeps (reprise)
Music Break 2: Track 09 Petroglyph
Music Break 3: Track 05 On the Rise