Episode 138 |

Tapping into Creativity and Flow with Barnet Bain

Award-winning producer and director @BarnetBain shares how to rewire your brain to unleash ultra creativity on today’s @OptimizedGeek Click To Tweet


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This Week’s Guest:

Fear sets up a dam across creative impulse, and doesn’t let anything through except fear itself. (And, as you’ll learn, fear takes a great deal of creativity in its own right!) Just as fear knows how to grow itself, creativity knows how to grow itself too. By focusing on creativity, you can become more creative. By focusing on desire, expectation, and imagination, you can find unbridled, unimpeded creativity flowing through you more powerfully than you ever thought was possible.


You’ll learn all about this, and much more, with Barnet Bain in an episode that’s all about tapping into your creativity and achieving a flow state. Barnet is the author of The Book of Doing And Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work, and an award-winning filmmaker who has directed Milton’s Secret and worked as a producer of What Dreams May Come. Today, this genius is here to help you unleash your own inner creativity in every aspect of your life.


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In This Episode:

  • [01:29] – How can you spark creativity in your work and in your life? In his answer, Barnet points out that creativity isn’t simply the domain of a privileged few who are born special.
  • [05:27] – When someone believes that they aren’t creative, the amount of creative energy required to create that construct is enormous, Barnet explains.
  • [09:44] – Stephan brings up a specific example of a project that he’s working on and wants to amp up desire for. Barnet then responds with a discussion of the tendency of creativity to build and expand upon itself.
  • [12:06] – We hear a clarification about why Stephan isn’t as excited about the membership site and courses he’s discussing as the coaching and consulting that he generally does.
  • [14:22] – Barnet and Stephan discuss the specifics of Stephan’s audience, and how he would tailor his delivery to his audience.
  • [17:49] – If you’re teaching to dead air, you’re teaching to the past, Barnet points out. In other words, you’re talking to a version of yourself that you’re conjuring up from the past.
  • [20:45] – Stephan is reminded of a conversation with Dan Sullivan.
  • [21:57] – Barnet digs into what makes an entrepreneur creative, which involves having a certain level of accomplishment.
  • [26:40] – Barnet points out the different relationship with the past and the present between what he has just been describing and where we started talking.
  • [29:17] – Stephan takes a moment to recap what Barnet has been saying and making sure all the nuances are clear. Barnet then discusses how various parts of the brain work.
  • [35:40] – Allowing yourself to have compassion for yourself allows you to have it for others too, Barnet explains.
  • [36:37] – Barnet shares his thoughts on affirmations, and how to make them more than just placating words.
  • [40:52] – What Barnet has been saying reminds Stephan of his conversation with Kristen Ulmer and her book The Art of Fear.
  • [43:14] – Focusing on what we don’t want is like ordering the worst thing on the menu, Barnet explains.
  • [48:42] – Stephan shares a powerful distinction that he learned recently about praying for your wishes and desires.
  • [53:18] – Which comes first: desire or fulfillment? Barnet and Stephan discuss the fact that you can’t experience desire without having fulfillment first.
  • [55:50] – Stephan recommends that listeners go to Barnet Bain’s website and take his Creativity Quotient quiz.


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Your Checklist of Actions to Take:

☑ Connect with my intention and desire to fuel my creativity. The more specific I am with what I want, the more driven I will be in life.

☑ Always be creating. Whether it’s a book, a script, sculpture, art or music, produce something that came from my thoughts.  

☑ Don’t underestimate the power of imagination. My thoughts are strong enough to become reality.

☑ Build connections through teaching. A creative life involves a strong and trusted community that will support me along the way.

☑ Be conscious of my decisions and aware of my actions in life. This will help me progress and become a better person.

☑ Spice things up in my life to avoid monotony. Change is good and a symbol of growth.

☑ Be in the moment and focus on the present. Appreciate what lies in front of me and use it as an asset on my journey.

☑ Steer clear of bullying thoughts and limiting beliefs. Words of encouragement will motivate me into being creative and resourceful.  

☑ Don’t worry about the future. The future will depend on how I make my present day count.

☑ Grab a copy of Barnet Bain’s The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work.



S: This episode number 138 is all about tapping into your creative genius, getting into a flow state, the secrets to an unbridled creativity, according to today’s guest, our desire, expectation and imagination, you’re about to learn all about from Barnet Bain. He’s the author of the book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work. He’s also an award winning filmmaker whose film credits include Milton’s Secret, he was director and writer based on the novel by Eckhart Tolle, and the Oscar winner What Dreams May Come where he was producer. What a classic movie that was starring Robin Williams. Barnet, it’s great to have you on the show.


B: What a pleasure. Thank you, Stephan.


S: Let’s talk about how to spark creativity in your work and in your life. Big question.


B: That’s a big question, isn’t it? Let’s begin with something specific. The interesting paradox is that the more specific, the more drilled down we can get, the more intimate we can become with what our desires are and what our intentions are around those desires. The more capacity we have, the more opportunity we have, the more able we are to unleash the creative energies around that. The broader it is, those capacities diminish exponentially.


S: Okay, got it. If we got more specific, let’s focus in, for example, desires and how desire is the engine or the fuel for creativity and for creation. What would be something that would help our listener to increase their desire to be more creative?


B: You are very cagey. Why don’t we get down and personal? Are you willing to play with me?


S: Sure. Let’s do it.

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