The most important thing to do, to get connected to creative energy, is to become free. Free of demands of others, but even more important, free of the desire for approval.
creativity is very individual and dependent only on the person self. Every outside interference can harm the creativity.Once we are addicted to the opinion and influence of the outside world and get rewarded by it, it becomes more and more difficult to listen to our inner voice.
praise prevents creativity, because of the danger that praise might become more important for the individual than being creative. Humans are valued by the function they have in that society. Their specific, mechanical skill is important. The skill and function that provide profit. But other parts of the mind are neglected.