Here it is - the main theory behind channeling anxiety into creativity! (It also happens to be my pride and joy of all of my theories.)
After deliberating, research, and testing for the better part of a year and a half, I’ve concluded (and am 96% sure), that our imagination produces by-products that fall into 8 categories: anxiety, sleep and/or depression, others' wants/needs, physicality, social activities, draining work, creation mode, and consumption mode. (Check out that fancy infographic. ^)
Literally everything that I could possibly think of fell into these categories. You might be surprised to see anxiety and depression listed as by-products of the imagination, but I do believe that they just come with the territory of being human - as does our imagination. (I don't consider other mental illnesses like autism and schizophrenia to be natural dispositions or super common occurrences among us humans, but maybe one day I'll get proven otherwise!)
Each and every one of these imagination by-products are likely a part of our daily lives. In small doses, I'd like a little bit of each of the by-products, but I'd love a ton of creative projects. Each person might feel a little different about their ideal percentages of imagination by-products.
Once you understand how much of each of these imagination by-products you’re producing, you’ll be a lot closer to actually controlling the process.
What makes me think that our imagination produces each and every one of these? Imagination is like our brain's process of visualizing and possibly actualizing concepts or events. It's not just daydreaming when we picture our dream house, body, or life - any time that we visualize something - we're utilizing our imagination.
Pretty much any deed needs to be visualized in our imagination before it's made into a reality
For example, if all that we're doing is visualizing our kids' schedules, and planning out how we're going to tackle them, then our imagination energy is mainly going to 'others' wants and needs'. If we imagine the ideal body and health state that we'd like to be in, so we go to gym or try out a coffee enema (hey - I know people that have been way too into this!), then our imagination energy is going to 'physicality'. And just like imagining up creative projects, our imagination can conjure up and visualize doom and gloom, which manifests into anxiety.
“Imagination is not innocuous” - ENetMD
Keep in mind that none of these by-products of your imagination are 'bad' - even draining work. (I call it 'draining work' instead of just plain ol' 'work' because there's also energizing work, which usually falls into 'creative projects'.) They're all a part of life, and WE NEED THEM ALL. But some of it, we want less of.
There's actually a super cool flowchart quiz that narrows down how much of each of those 8 by-products your imagination is producing - this will help you channel some of that energy back into more desirable by-products like creative projects before it ever reaches the point of debilitating anxiety.
Take the Imagination Flowchart Quiz and find out where all of that imagination energy is going - get it emailed to that inbox!
lf you were confused about the whole 'channeling anxiety into creativity' concept that I mentioned in the beginning of this article, then you haven't been hanging around this blog for very long! According to my friends and family that talk to me on a regular basis, most of what I talk about in my business is channeling anxiety into creativity. They're like - 'Oh cool, what else can you make your blog about?'
I'll tell you what - I have never seen a product out there that helps you channel your anxiety into creativity or even heard of anyone discussing it. So once I figured out that it was a real thing, and it actually worked when I applied it, I wanted to shout it from the fucking rooftops.
So I am shouting it, and I made that product.
YOU CAN TOTALLY CHANNEL YOUR ANXIETY INTO CREATIVITY, AND I KNOW HOW TO BECAUSE I DO IT ALL THE TIME!
There’s an Evergray eCourse floating about in the universe called - you guessed it - ‘Channeling Your Anxiety into Creativity’. (Yay!) It’s sizable and interactive, and I made a free, mini email course version of it covering the same concepts so that everyone can get in on the action, or just taste it before they go all in. (That means you!)
These concepts include explaining the theory behind channeling anxiety, giving you the knowledge base necessary to start channeling, and explaining exactly how you'll channel anxiety - all while doling out some little known tidbits along the way.