I believe we are all born creative beings. (We were made in the image of the Creator, after all!) But by the time we've been through the education system, most of us have fogotten how to be creative - or think we have. Actually, many people don't realise how creative they're being!
A psychotherapist friend once talked about how she works, saying she designs her treatments individually to suit each client, putting together different elements from various disciplines. When I said, ‘That’s very creative of you,’ she denied it - she didn’t see herself as a creative person at all! Later, after thinking about it, she realised that, in her work at least, this creative element was exactly what she really enjoyed. She loved the challenge of being sensitive to each person’s unique situation and the freedom to choose and combine the right methods of treatment.
The thing most people don't realise is that the creative process is first a way of thinking, not doing. It involves experimenting, being receptive, and allowing - all skills that have been ignored or deliberately discouraged in our education systems.
Far from being hard, being creative is literally child’s play! When we were children, we were experts in 'playing at’ being different characters, dropping into ‘let’s pretend’ mode at any opportunity. (I read my first Calvin and Hobbes book recently - it reminded me of how much time I spent being creative and fantasising as a child!) There's no end-result to their playing; they do what’s fun and stop when they’re bored. That’s how easy it is! The essence of being creative is trying things out, and having fun with an attitude of ‘let's just see what happens’!
So - how can we start to tap into our own creativity again?
The easiest method is to day-dream! Many people have the idea they have to be ‘doing something’ all the time; it's often a habit of 'running away' from themselves. But when we’re relaxed and allowing our imaginations to flow freely, new neurological connections are made and you get ‘brainwaves’ - solutions to problems from the genius within! You can do it when you’re waiting for something; it may change your ideas about 'wasting' time; it's a great way to stay calm in queues! Make sure you only think about what you’d like to do, or what you love. This sets up vibrational patterns that attract more of what you love into your life. (Worrying is just fantasising about what you fear/dislike, and brings more of that into your life!) Day-dreaming can help you start to break away from the mundane. Pay attention when a surge of energy or excitement comes along with some thought - that’s your heart going ‘Yes! Great new ideas, including ways to solve problems, come from day-dreaming. Famous leaders and inventors use the power of daydreaming to find solutions to difficult problems.
Another method is simply to decide to apply creativity to some sphere of your life which has become stale and boring. ‘You’ are not going to do anything at all at first! Just take the first step, which is the intention to improve the situation. An intention galvanises you into action and brings your entire being, including the power of your subconscious mind, into play. It focuses all your resources on the goal you have.
The next step is to watch and wait while the creative power organises miraculous synchronicities! Alertness in a state of positive expectation literally creates the things you want out of the 'sea of possibilities.' Maybe the first thing you see when you open a magazine is exactly the idea you need; or maybe you ‘happen’ to overhear something - you may be tempted to dismiss it, but don’t! (If you find yourself thinking ‘This is too easy’ it's a good sign - you're starting to see the amazing power of your creative mind in action!) The things which ‘just happen’ are almost always the most valuable - the things which ‘you’ had no say in. Expect and enjoy them!
What’s stopped us from being creative in the past? Why are adults generally not as creative as children? Simple - Fear!(False Evidence Appearing Real.)
There’s the fear of ‘making a mistake’. We worry about results before we’ve even started! We don't understand the process and have learned to 'try hard' and 'be in control' of everything. But if we can start to focus on the experience of being creative, enjoying the process and forgetting about any result for a while, we can get beyond that fear quite easily. The fact is being creative used to be a way of life for all of us, so we're not learning anything new, just revisiting a more relaxed and exciting way of being alive!
Fear of Ridicule (‘They’ll laugh at me’ syndrome.) They won’t you know - the fact is they probably won’t even notice! And as adults we do have the power to be independant-minded! It's good to withstand other people's doubts - it builds self-esteem. I use EFT successfully with people to overcome this sort of fear - you can too! A few rounds of tapping can easily remove the limiting fears that are holding you prisoner.
Fear of Criticism. Sometimes our joy in being creative and our natural exuberance and confidence has been undermined and labelled by parents or friends as 'big-headed' or trying to be ‘special’. (I can still remember the moment I finally said out loud ‘I’m a creative person’. I was about 23 or 24, and it shocked me to hear those words!) If there’s any criticism or jealousy around you as you start enjoying your creativity, you’ll know it’s just because someone else isn’t realising their own creative nature! And the only thing stopping them is their fear.
Saddest of all is Fear of Punishment. (I’ve taught piano, and heard stories of teachers punishing children for playing wrong notes.) Again, traumatic memories of being punished can be de-fused with EFT; relief is the usual experience and it really doesn't take long! I offer online EFT sessions for those who need a bit of guidance. Homing in on the particular incident of punishment, do the set-up statement and then a complete round of tapping, including the gamut point (all explained in the free downloadable EFT manual.) Don't live in fear a moment longer!
Apart from energising our lives and solving problems, allowing creative energy to flow keeps us young! (Have you noticed how people like writers, musicians, and artists often live to a great age? So do people who have a 'let's have fun!' attitude to life and keep learning!)
To me, creativity means always having fun and responding to the moment. It requires confidence to be in a relaxed but alert and motivated state. You need to have a desire to do something new, and an experimental approach. You are relying on your inner resources and it may feel strange. But remember, it's part of all of us and has simply been 'turned off' for a while. If a painting, poem, cake, bedspread or brilliant new invention comes of your decision to start enjoying your own creativity, all the better! But really it’s a process we can learn to apply all the time to every aspect of our lives. And one day, absorbed in the creative flow of your life, you may suddenly realise it's the doorway to another dimension - the magic 'Now', where all creation happens. That's where time stands still, and the whole wonder of life pours through you; surprising, beautiful, loving, graceful, and inspiring.
Affirmations for Love and creativity.
Creating Advantage - article by Richard Seiler
Creativity At Work - article by Richard Seiler
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