You already know that there is nothing new under the sun. The Lion King is “Hamlet”. “La Bamba” is pretty much the same as “Twist and Shout”. Bridget Jones’s Diary is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
How many paintings are there of the Madonna and child?
Yet as an artist, you ache to bring something fresh and new and exciting into existence.
Your conscious mind is a bored four-year-old; it wants to be diverted by the new. It will flip through a hundred channels and complain that nothing’s on.
Your subconscious mind is ancient and wise. It loves the old forms; it sees the sacred in them. The reason it knows them so well is because it was there when they were discovered. At the dawn of humankind.
Your subconscious mind is ready whenever you are. It waits for you, patiently. If you listen, it will tell you a true story. And though you’ve heard it many times before, that story will move you to create something awesome.
It won’t be something utterly new, but it will be utterly true.