PLDN Talks – Stella Talpo – ‘Advice for getting into the creative flow’


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Hello, my name is Stella Talpo and I’m a singer-songwriter, and I’ve done 500 tapes of this. So my voice is hoarse and I’m so tired. But yeah, I think, I know. I know that I want to talk about creative flow, self-inquiry, and mental health during these times, during these unprecedented times.

Basically, I just wanted to give you some tools that I use that have really helped me and to create a flow to enter that. By flow, I mean, you know that out-of-body experience when you’re writing or when you’re painting or doing whatever, even, you know, cooking, when you’re out of body and time just escapes you. 

Entering that flow is quite easy when you’re practice and you have tools in your day to day life that allow you to be in a flow anyways. So, I really recommend meditation, and I know this is incredibly commercialized now, and it’s amazing that it is, but I really invite you to take a look at meditation as a self-inquiry tool.

So when you meditate, instead of it being, Oh, I’m just, you know putting in my 20 minutes a day. Just really see it as a gift of times. See it as a gift to get to know yourself, ask yourself, ask your inner self questions because your intuition is wise. Why is it than anybody ever gives us credit for. So when you sit there, you know, if you feel uncomfortable meditating, use that as an opportunity to learn why you feel uncomfortable and overcome that sense of discomfort.

It’s a real opportunity to grow. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and going, Hey, why is this bothering me anyway? And also to ask yourself, like I said questions, how do I feel right now? How does my body feel right now? You know, how am I affected? We never take time to ask ourselves questions. We don’t, we don’t really give voice to our gut feeling, which always will lead you in the right direction, even though it seems not at the time.

And then the other tool, which I actually learned from Julia Cameron’s book, An Artist’s Way, an incredible book to get during self-isolation if you have the means. Is morning pages. So she invites us to do three pages in the morning. First thing, a freehand stream of consciousness, and I’ve been doing it for five years and it has been life-changing for me.

And basically the theory is that it clears the, clears the cobwebs so that when you do come to your creative work, you’re more, you know, you’ve cleared all that crap basically and through it, you know, sometimes I just ended up writing three pages of blah, but I needed to write those three pages of blah that when I sit down and write my song, they’re out the way.

And also it’s an opportunity when you’re freehanding you’re not thinking it’s meditative in it of itself. Ask yourself a question, be like, what if you’re stuck in a decision or you’re feeling anxious? You can ask, why am I feeling anxious? Then suddenly see what’s going to happen. See what happens on the page.

And writers will notice because that moment when just things happen as if you’re not even writing it. It’s amazing. And it’s, you learn a lot about yourself in that flow. So those two tools are amazing for introspection and flow. And then I just wanted to, I just wanted to say, you know, it’s not bad or it’s not like don’t, don’t fight your sense of anxiety and depression if you’re suffering with it in these times or just comfort.

It’s totally normal to feel that way, right now, but resisting it is going to give it a bigger hold on you. So the best thing that I learned about handling my angst, my anxiety, my stress, my creative blocks, everything was learning, finally, how to surrender, surrender to what is, and to let go and accept that I don’t know what is best actually.

And the more I flow, the more I surrender. If you imagine, you know, just flowing with the river or fighting the current, the more I flow, the more my. My writing becomes more authentic and also the less anxiety I suffer in my day to day life as a human being because I accept that everything is happening for a reason, and I accept that I, I’m just, I’m just playing with river basically.

I’m trying not to control the outcome of everything anymore and that’s really helped me with, you know, all of these things. Anxiety, self-deprecation. Anyway, I’m going off on one, but. Basically, I think especially today in these times, I know it’s really hard and it’s easier said than done, but to let go of what you think should be and to let go of what you think that song should sound like, to let go of what you think you’d rather be doing, and just, you know, embrace what is happening and just accept.

Accept that surrender really use this time as an opportunity like no other to really learn how to surrender. I wish you all the best in your self introspective journey and genuinely, I just really recommend that you jump in, seize the moment and see what happens.

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