In the videos below, Eckhart Tolle introduces a key distinction that applies equally to creativity, creative work, and to manifesting.
The interpretations we give to reality are both the obstacle and the key to creating positive things for ourselves. The creative mode, which we have talked about before, comes about only when we drop our limiting discursive thoughts and beliefs about the external world.
That's why athletes achieve peak performance in a state of calm awareness, and why your best ideas might come to you when you're taking a shower or washing the dishes or before you drop off to sleep - that is, at the times when you let go of your own thoughts.
Anxiety and anxious thought in particular is the gateway to the Newtonian worldview, the view that the world determines our destiny via external factors. This is both a cause and a consequence of the neural-immunological process which Joe Dispenza calls survival mode.
This state, the state that evolved to deal with immediate physical danger, turns us into ultimate Newtonians, regarding everything as a possible threat. In this era when physical danger is usually replaced by social and economic danger, this state can go on and on sustained by our own thought processes, without resolution, and we become reactive rather than creative in relation to our environment.
The key to resolving this state, Eckhart teaches, is not to resist it, but to be present with it.
In order to attain a creative state and stabilize it, it is essential to let go of the sense of self which is dependent upon and conditioned by external things. To achieve this means getting in touch with our real, unconditioned selves, and the natural unconditioned joyful consciousness which is there underneath all the layers of conscious thought.
The moment you say 'I want', you are saying 'I don't have'. Contentment, knowing that you are already complete, is the key to manifestation.
To do this, we have to give up the idea of ego satisfaction from future events. As Eckhart likes to say, the present is all there ever is.