Skip to content

Channeling Your Creative Energy

February 20, 2012

Everyone has a bit of creative energy, but when that energy begins to overwhelm us, properly channeling it can prove to be a rather complicated and challenging task, especially if one lacks the knowledge to properly facilitate that transfer. But in order to maximize the energy efficiency of the channeled creativity, and to ensure that you control your genius (rather than genius controlling you), you must learn to know the difference between the two different types of energy (creative and logical), so as to ensure that you can control and channel them effectively.

In Taoism, there are two different types of creative – or, more accurately, spiritual – energy,  both of which form two equal but opposite parts of a whole: Yin and Yang. Taoist philosophy can be considered a mystical take on Newton’s 3rd law of motion: “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.” Yin and Yang, much akin to the principle of Homeostasis, separates the world not into good and evil, but into positive and negative forces, asserting that the world is in a perpetual struggle for Balance. This “Balance” of which Taoism relates is the union of opposites, the presence of which will instill a sense of deep peace.

When your mind lacks the proper judgment centers to evaluate the relative homeostatic worth of the variables that make up our environment, Even the little things get off kilter, and the mind starts overcompensating to a dangerous level. To correct these imbalances, finding and maintaining a state of Homeostasis (or “Balance”) is crucial to your creative success. Finding such a balance not only improves your emotional well-being, but also helps you to make the most effective use of all that reserve creative energy you have. By learning to properly sublimate your creativity, you can turn the vice of this creative excess into virtue.

You’ve probably heard about how there are two different sides of the brain– one creative, and the other logical. Depending on which side of your brain you use most, you might be an artist, a scientist, or (if you’re really lucky!) sometimes both. When a person is in a depressed state, they are more creativity (fiction)-oriented; in other words, they want to escape from the oppression of  reality, By contrast, when a person is in a manic state, they are more reality-oriented, and want to live life in the real world more. Creativity is very much optimized for both the creation of fiction and fact, so this kind of creative bipolarity is the perfect mix for the artist, if only they can learn to optimize each of these creative states to be appropriate for the type of creative expression done:


When a person is depressed, they want to escape from the real world. It might be because their world is unforgiving, superficial, cold-hearted, autonomous, or just plain boring. But whatever the reason, there is a feeling of the world not being good enough, and so to escape the vices of the world, creative artists escape reality by creating a world of their own imagination. This kind of creative escapism creates the realm of fiction, a new reality which, although parallel with and somewhat similar to reality, is an idealized alternative to reality forged by the artist to fill the emptiness of a world that, at least for the time being, has proven itself to be not good enough. So when the real world isn’t good enough for whatever reason, instead of getting depressed, create your own world that will be good enough!


This type of creativity is one that embraces the real world and all of its invigorating meaning and beauty. Rather than wanting to forge a new reality, the manic artist seeks to compliment the existing one, by acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to build upon the existing world, and make an already-beautiful world better.

People with an excess of mania seek to explore the whole world in its entirety, and to have all kinds of life experiences, but often such experiences are not compatible with the real world. To cope with this unchanneled excess, make your manic focus an educational one. Read, write, and research all that is the world, to your heart’s content. There’s a whole stack of books at the library just dying to be read, and the Internet is calling to you to explore it. Rather than wasting your mania on prodigal adventures, wasteful expenditures, and pseudo-legal endeavors (like people with bipolar disorder often do!), channel it into exploration and education.


Summing up, idealistic (negative) energy is best channeled into fiction, whereas aesthetic (positive) energy is best channeled into real life. Furthermore, depression incites the creation of new worlds, and mania beckons the exploration of the real world. By catering to these polarized, but equally necessary creative needs, you will not only achieve a sense of creative balance, but will maximize your creative potential in the process!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. P. B. permalink
    December 22, 2012 4:00 pm

    This is a really interesting article. I’ve been struggling to focus the absurd amount of creative energy I have into something more positive for a change. The past year or two I’ve been slipping more and more into bars to calm my brain down and bury the energy instead of letting it out. Like most things in life the bar scene has played it’s game and is no longer cutting it. Little by little (mostly while intoxicated) I’ve been telling myself that I need to do something constructive.

    The real issue I think is what to do…

    Having extreme manic creative urges is extremely tiring, especially when only 1 in 100 or so are realistic enough to accomplish. Dabbling in music, fine art, writing, design and a lot of other things excite me for so long before it becomes boring and and the once seemingly brilliant urge I had is now exhausted and exhausts me. Every medium seems to go the same way and finding one that can hold my attention and that I can really throw myself into is a big part of the issue I guess. I feel like that if I don’t soon decide to focus on a particular medium of art that I will become lost in a mess of a person that is way too average at way too many things and never advances.

    There’s no real question here, just a reply from someone struggling to get a long. Any further insight into this is welcome. Again, great article.

    • Sunshine permalink
      October 12, 2013 10:25 pm

      I have never replied to anything online…ever
      But after reading all of this I felt compelled to tell you, I feel EXACTLY the same way.
      I don’t know the answer but want you to know you are not alone.
      Maybe it is not becoming a master of any one thing, but creating for the sake of creating.
      Like children, like breathing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: