Can Rituals Trigger Creative Flow?

Like creative flow, ritual promotes thought suppression — tuning out the inner critic, dampening brain chatter, centering and focusing the mind and decreasing anxiety before executing complex tasks. Conscious control, which can stop-up a flow state, is released via ritual’s automation. When inspiration is elusive, ritual appears to offer a shortcut to creative flow. “It makes sense that ritual would be a way to quickly sensitize yourself to that internal freewheeling process,” says Rex Jung, speaking from his office at Brain and Behavioral Associates in New Mexico.


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