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You Are Your Own Creative Solution

john cleese quote There’s only one thing that gets in the way of creativity.

You!

Yes, creative “blocks” are normal.  Some days we show up to our medium of choice to express ourselves, ready to create, and then…nothing.  Ugh.

We stare at the blank space in front of us, waiting, thinking, and waiting some more.  We fidget.  Our minds wander.  We pace.  We sigh.  We get frustrated.  We spin ourselves in circles in our swivel chair (well, I do). Anything to get the creative juices flowing again.

Creative “blocks” are temporary. I like to think of them not as blocks but as incubation periods when things are happening invisibly under the surface as our senses are perceiving the world.  Even though we are not creating visibly, we are still creating underneath it all.  A block implies impeded flow.  The more you focus on being blocked, the more blocked you will feel.  However, imagining that ideas are incubating conjures images of growth.  Just that shift in thinking will begin to open the channels.

But to create consistently, rather than focus on the block, you must see yourself as the creative solution.

In my last post (“The Secret To Creativity?”), I mentioned that the secret to creativity is showing up. Creativity is work, plain and simple, only it’s the kind of work that comes effortlessly when you enjoy the process.  We are creative beings who are designed to create, only we fall short of creating what we want when we get in our own way.

So…get out of your own way.

Reckon with your own character.

Understand that creativity requires us to be curious.  Without curiosity, there’s no exploration. Being curious about things opens us up to questions, which opens up our minds, frees our thinking, and allows us to see things from new angles.

Creativity requires us to take risks.  If we never attempt anything creative, we will never know where our talents lie.  If you feel drawn toward a specific creative endeavor, take the chance. Explore it. Cultivate it. Experiment with it. Grow with it. You don’t have to be a Picasso to paint or a Hemingway to write. This doesn’t mean that you will always create high-quality or finished content every day, and that’s okay.  It means to show up, take a risk, push yourself to try new things and experiment with your form. Jump in and enjoy the process.

Creativity requires our energy. That’s because creativity is energy, and this energy wants to move. Without our energy, creativity stagnates…and so do we.

Creativity requires us to be patient. It requires time and it doesn’t like to be rushed. It wants your full attention not your frustration. The attribute of patience is learned through the discipline of waiting, yet in this culture of immediate gratification, many of us are not very amenable to waiting. If you find yourself in a waiting period, then it may be time to back off a bit or do something totally unrelated while your ideas incubate.  Just trust the process.

During the incubation period, you can do a number of things, creative or otherwise, that may not be related to your current project.  For example, stash away anything that inspires you (photos, thoughts, quotations, films…the medium doesn’t matter as long as it inspires you). When things are incubating, go to your stash file with an open mind.

You can also grab a book (I like to open to a random page, choose the third sentence, and then use that as a sentence starter to generate ideas), meditate, clear your mind, or try different disciplines. The trick is to do something else, switch up the neural pathways in the brain, practice patience, and know that all is working out beneath the surface.

And while you’re at it, strengthen your thinking by getting a better grip on your mind.  If negative thoughts creep in, replace them with positive affirmations. You are creative by design.

Use that creativity and you will find that you have been the solution all along.

Co-Partners in Creation

We are surrounded by possibilities.

From those possibilities, we create.

As we create from those possibilities, more possibilities are created.

And so, the process of creation continues. It never stops.

Life is always renewing itself.

Our lives are works-in-progress, and we are partners with Spirit in its ongoing creation. With our thoughts, our actions, our efforts, our time, and our resources, we are participating in the act of creation. Right here, right now, in this very moment, you are creating.

We can take a single idea and transform it into reality, into something tangible and real. We can take what is and turn it into something that never was. We give it life. And the beauty is, there is no limit to what we can create.

We can take an idea — a thought — and grow it into an object, an experience, or an expression of art. We grow it into something that contains meaning, beauty, and purpose.

With our ability to create, we can make a positive and meaningful difference, not only in our lives, but in the lives of others.

What will you create today?

Spiritwork:

Create a Book of Meaning. This can become your personal bible. Find an old book that you can recycle, or if you like to scrapbook, you can pick up scrapbooking materials at your local hobby store. You may also visit your local bookstore and pick up a journal or a moleskine sketchbook.

In it, adhere or write your favorite quotes of meaning. You can hand-write them, or you can print them from your computer. Play around with colors and fonts.

You can also paste photos that hold moments of personal meaning. Or, if you have specific goals, find photos that represent those goals and add them.

Add affirmations, favorite poems, and lyrics to uplifting songs.

Include mantras and sacred words.

You may want to include an introduction to your Book of Meaning, sharing your personal journey.

You may want to add your personal creed, a statement of faith, or a statement of values that you hold dear. Record important wisdom and lessons that you have found to be most useful in living your life, and the meanings you want to pass on to your heirs, if you so choose.

Taken from my personal Book of Meaning.

Sometimes I sketch images that come to me during meditation with the message that comes with it.

Whatever you choose to include, do it on a daily or weekly basis, or whenever you come across meaningful words, passages, and photos to include in your book.

The possibilities are endless.

Blessings.

Related Links:

Introduction to 31 Days of Spiritual Growth. Here you will find links to each post in this series.