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Basic Steps in the Creative Process

(from The Path of Least Resistance by Robert Fritz)

1. Conceive of the result you want to create.

If not by need, and not by the demands of the circumstances, and not by revelation, then how do you conceive of what you want? Simply by "making up" the results. (p. 66)

The question "What do I want?" is really a question about results. Perhaps a more precise way of asking that question is "What result do I want to create?" (p. 68)

How clear do you need to be about the results you want? Clear enough that you would recognize the result if you had it. (p. 124)

A fundamental choice can provide the crucial difference in successfully making the shift from the reactive-responsive orientation to the orientation of the creative. Without making the fundamental choice to be the predominant creative force in your life, you will merely be finding more sophisticated ways of responding to circumstances....On the other hand, once you make the fundamental choice to be the predominant creative force in your life, any approach you choose to take for your own growth and development can work, and you will be especially attracted to those approaches that will work particularly well for you. (p. 193)

  1. I choose to be the predominant creative force in my life.
  2. I choose to be true to myself.
  3. I choose to be healthy.
  4. I choose to be free. (p. 197)

2. Know what currently exists.

However wanted or unwanted your present circumstances may be, they function as needed feedback so that you can know the current status of the results you are creating. (p. 234)

The pivotal technique in the creative orientation may help you use unwanted circumstances as a catalyst to help propel you toward where you want to be.

  1. Describe where you are.
  2. Describe where you want to be.
  3. Once again, formally choose the results you want.
  4. Move on. (p. 235)

Step 4 of the pivotal technique leaves the structural tension unresolved. This is very desirable, because then you are able to assimilate structural tension more easily. The tension will be particularly helpful in generating natural processes in which the path of least resistance leads you directly toward the result. (p. 240)

3. Take action.

When you make a choice, take two steps:

  1. conceive of the results you want, that is, have a clear vision of what you want to create.
  2. formalize the choice by actually saying the words, "I choose to have..." (p. 175)

When you make a formal choice, you activate the seeds of germination. You align all the energies at your disposal and set them in motion toward your choice....Choices about results have power. (p. 176).

4. Learn the rhythms of the creative process.

Creators have a higher ability to tolerate discrepancy than most others....When you create you become a player of forces such as contrasts, opposites, similarities, differences, time, balance, and so the creator, all of the forces in play are useful. If there is more discrepancy, there is more force to work with. If there is less discrepancy, there is more momentum as you move toward the final creation of the result....The discrepancy between what you want and what you currently have forms the most important structure in the creative process, that of structural tension. (p. 116)

Receiving is an incoming action. You accept into your life what you have created.... Acknowledging is an outgoing action. ... You judge the results as being complete. In light of structural tension, when you acknowledge results as being fully or partly created, you are recognizing an important aspect of your current reality: the fact that the current state of creation is changing and moving in the direction of your vision of that creation. (p. 247)

Only you have the authority to recognize and confirm that a creation of yours is complete....When you bestow this acknowledgment on your creation, you enable the very special energy of completion to be released.

One function of this energy is to propel you toward the germination of a new creative cycle. Each time you complete an act of creation, you focus a life force. And since life begets life, this energy seeks to enlarge and expand its expression through new creation. (p. 254)

5. Create momentum.

Each new creation gives you added experience and knowledge of your own creative process. You will naturally ncrease your ability to envision what you want and your ability to bring those results into being. (p. 55)

In the orientation of the creative, you are naturally and easily able to build momentum. Every action you take, whether it is directly successful or not, adds additional energy to your path. Because of this, everything you do works towards creating eventual success, including those things that are not immediately successful. Over a period of time, creating the results you want will get easier and easier. (p. 221)

Robert Fritz, The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life (New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1989; revised edition).

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