Ritual: Rewriting Creative Blocks

Often we have a tendency to look at our shortcomings with judgment or shame, failing to see how they helped us when we lacked better resources. We feel doomed to repeat behaviors that protected us as children and this fear only perpetuates those cycles. It is only by reframing these blocks that we can ultimately release them to create healthier patterns.

This ritual will help you identify limiting beliefs or behaviors and rewrite them into affirmations you can draw upon for support.

Time commitment: 30 minutes

Items needed:

Pen or pencil

Two sheets of paper

Small jar

Match or lighter

Bowl with water

Glass of water

Find a comfortable seat with your items in arm’s reach and give yourself a few minutes to settle in.

Write at the top of one sheet of paper, “Where am I blocked?” Give yourself a few minutes to consider this question. Let this be a stream of consciousness exercise, writing down any words or phrases that come through in a list format. You might write down words like shame, worthiness, expression, creativity, or feelings.

When you feel like you have finished with your list, look it over and see if you can elaborate on the fears behind these blocks. For example, for worthiness you might write something like, “I lack confidence in my ability to achieve my dreams” or “I need outside approval for my ideas to feel valid.”

Pause for a moment after you’ve finished expanding upon your list. Take a few deep breaths. Drink some water. Try to clear your mind and quiet any judgmental thoughts that might have come up.

Take the second piece of paper. Now you will rewrite every block on your list so that it affirms your growth. For example, if your block is, “I lack confidence in my ability to achieve my dreams,” you might rewrite it to, “I am worthy of pursuing my wildest dreams.” Some of these affirmations might be more action-oriented like, “I am willing to create routines that support my creativity.”

When you are finished writing out your affirmations, you’ll cut them so that each affirmation is on its own strip of paper. Fold up the pieces of paper and put them in the jar.

Next, you will burn your list of blocks. As you do so, thank yourself for protecting yourself the best way you knew how and release each block with love and compassion.

Let the burning paper fall into the bowl of water and then flush it down the toilet or throw it in a trash can outside.

Place your jar of affirmations somewhere you can draw upon them easily, like your office desk or beside your bed. Pull an affirmation whenever you need an extra dose of confidence. They can also act as journal prompts, inviting you to explore how you’re embodying these messages. 

Feature Image by Alexandra Kacha